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The Tea Party in the Woods

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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.

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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.

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"As beguilingly surreal as the Mad Hatter’s party, with its own enigmatic appeal."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review, 15/04/2015

"The graceful proportions, atmospheric detail, and quiet, bewitching light of Miyakoshi’s charcoals distinguish this small gem."

Publishers Weekly, starred review, 18/05/2015

"... a beautiful Alice in Wonderland/Little Red Riding Hood mashup."

Quill & Quire, 01/06/2015

"This is a delightfully unique story with striking illustrations ..."

School Library Journal, 01/07/2015

"Miyakoshi’s fairy-tale-like language, fanciful scenes, and cheery ending make this offbeat take on Little Red Riding Hood perfect for sharing."

Booklist, 01/08/2015

"… the varied delights offered by this strange, captivating picture book."

The Boston Globe, 03/08/2015

"The hardest part of letting children do things on their own … is giving them an opportunity to fail … which is why this amazing book resonated with all three of us."

Globe and Mail, 01/08/2015

"A superb, atmospheric mix of fairy tale and dream, wild woods and home comfort."

Toronto Star, 16/08/2015

"... young readers will enjoy exploring The Tea Party in the Woods on their own while adults similarly will enjoy sharing it with the young people in their lives."

CM Magazine, 16/10/2015

"... simple, textured drawings are detailed enough to convey the characters’ emotions."

School Library Connection, 01/01/2016

Awards

  • 2016 - Great Lakes Great Books Award, Michigan Reading Association, Winner

  • 2015 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015, New York Public Library, Winner

  • 2015 - Best Picture Books of 2015, Kirkus Reviews, Winner

  • 2015 - Elizabeth Bird's 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2015, School Library Journal, Winner

  • 2015 - The Huffington Post's Best Picture Books of 2015, Huffington Post, Commended

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