Publisher: Kids Can Press, August 2015
Source: ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The Tea Party in the Woods takes on a short trip through the woods with Kikko on one very snowy day when her father leaves behind some food to take to her grandmother. Kikkos travels after him to deliver the package herself and ends up having a tea party along the way.
The pictures in this book are beautiful. The charcoal drawings are deep and shadowy, except for Kikko. She stands out brightly on each page with her yellow hair and orange read skirt, hat and gloves. Due to the dark charcoal drawings, some of the pages may seem a bit scary to some younger readers, but I thought the scenes in the woods, with the stark whiteness of the snow and the thin straggly branches of the trees were quite beautiful and helps to balance out any fear from the more shadowy images.
The story itself is sweet, with only a little bit of mystery. When Kikkos follows her father, she ends up following someone else instead and arrives at a mysterious mansion. Inside a tea party is taking place with bears, and deer, rabbits, pigs, and many other animals. They all invite her in to take part in their tea party before she goes on her way to find her father and grandmother.
This would be a great book for art classes to look at when study charcoal drawings. It could be used as a companion to other stories about fantastical animals coming to life as well.
I think I will be purchasing and reading to my sixth graders in the winter.
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