I'd love to tell you about this quiet, classy picture book this week.
Except, I can't.
Because it isn't available at my library yet. So I searched for the next best alternative and found this:
The Tea Party in the Woods, Chinese edition ~ Hurrah! The original is in Japanese. Author-Illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi's artwork and storytelling senses are brilliant.
Here's what the story is about:
The snow has stopped. Kikko's father sets off to Grandma's house to shovel snow. But wait, he has forgotten to bring a pie meant for Grandma!
Kikko offers to bring it. She walks through the silent, wintry woods alone.
She sees a shadowy figure ahead. Father! In her haste, poor Kikko trips and the pie is ruined. Though she feels like crying, she picks up the pie and runs after the figure, following him to a big house.
Not Grandma's house.
Kikko peers through the window and discovers that the shadowy figure, who has now removed his hat, is not Father at all.
It's a big bear.
Before Kikko can react, she hears a gentle voice beside her. "Are you here for the tea party?"
She turns. It's a lamb in a coat, carrying a pretty handbag.
Read this, my lovelies. It'll take you somewhere wonderful, like back to the good, simple childhood days. Read this on your bad days. Read this on a gorgeous, quiet morning. Read this during your lunch or tea break (oh yes, tea breaks would be an ideal time for reading this picture book!).
Some reviewers, individuals and journals, have referred or connected this story to Little Red Riding Hood. While I respect different interpretations, which by the way makes Reading interesting, I didn't think the reference was necessary. The Tea Party in the Woods is an entirely different type of story, full of child-like wonder and imagination, and it stands perfectly on its own. It makes you curious, it makes you feel safe and happy among animals.
Who else is at this tea party? What happens to visiting Grandma now that the pie is ruined? Find out. Find out!
Do you like simple, happy, quiet picture books? Or do you prefer those with a bolder tone, more actions and a faster pace? (I recently also borrowed To the Sea, which is more of the latter, and my niece, Olive, likes that better than The Tea Party!)
Share this Post
Connect with Claudine
Grab My Button!
<div align="center"><a href="http://www.carryusoffbooks.com/blog.html" title="CarryUsOff Books" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.weebly.com/uploads/5/6/8/1/5681205/5653609_orig.jpg" alt="CarryUsOff Books" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
Hey, I'm Claudine. Welcome!
Want to know what children's stories can inspire & lead to?
by Kate Hanney
Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.