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The Tea Party in the Woods
by Akiko Miyakoshi


Overview - When a young girl named Kikko realizes her father has forgotten the pie he was supposed to bring to Grandma's house, she offers to try and catch him as he makes his way through the woods. She hurriedly follows her father's footprints in the snow and happens upon a large house she has never seen before.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When a young girl named Kikko realizes her father has forgotten the pie he was supposed to bring to Grandma's house, she offers to try and catch him as he makes his way through the woods. She hurriedly follows her father's footprints in the snow and happens upon a large house she has never seen before. Curious, Kikko peers through the window, when she is startled by a small lamb wearing a coat and carrying a purse. Even more surprising, the lamb speaks, asking her in a kind voice, ?Are you here for the tea party Suddenly, Kikko realizes her trip through the woods has turned into something magical.

Award-winning author and illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi has beautifully crafted an original fairy tale picture book that will delight and enchant. The unique visual presentation features mostly black-and-white art with the occasional use of red or yellow to help guide readers through the pages. Kikko's blend of courage and reticence along with her inquisitive nature makes her a character children will relate to, and the many unexpected twists and turns of her adventure keep the intrigue growing. The ambiguous ending --- in which it is not clear whether Kikko imagined the tea party or if the animals simply disappeared back into the woods --- provides a terrific opportunity for children to weigh in on what they think happened. This book also could launch classroom conversations about children's own experiences of being trusted with big responsibilities.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781771381079
  • ISBN-10: 1771381078
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

With great delicacy and keen draftsmanship, Japanese artist Miyakoshi weaves fairy-tale elements into a dreamy and sometimes haunting story. In the manner of Little Red Riding Hood, Kikko sets off through the snowy woods to her grandmother’s with the pie her father has forgotten; she spies him walking far ahead of her and follows him to a house she’s never seen before. In a genuinely spooky scene, she peeps through the window to discover that the man in the hat and overcoat she has followed isn’t her father—it’s an imposing bear in a three-piece suit. Kikko is ushered into the dining room, where an even more arresting spread reveals a tableful of formally dressed animals—a boar, two stags, the bear, and many more—who gaze at Kikko in wordless surprise. At that moment, the story shifts. “Please, come in and warm yourself,” the animals say, greeting her with kindness. In the end, there’s a new pie and a parade to Kikko’s grandmother’s house. The graceful proportions, atmospheric detail, and quiet, bewitching light of Miyakoshi’s charcoals distinguish this small gem. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)

 
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