The Tea Party in the Woods

by Akiko Miyakoshi

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Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale.

 

Magical picture book that draws the readers and listeners in. The illustrations alone are breathtaking and make the book so beautiful. The whole story is full of whimsy and the cutest woodland animals. The Tea Party in the Woods is a  cross of Little Red Riding Hood meets Alice in Wonderland, combining those 2 stories created such a great book. Akiko Miyakoshi is an amazing illustrator and wonderful storyteller. She is the whole picture book package and I can’t wait to see if she has created more masterpieces.

thank you netgalley and Kids Can Press for allowing me to review this wonderful picture book. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book. 

The Most Magnificent Thing

by Ashley Spires
published by Kids Can Press

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This picture book by Ashley Spires, is so adorable { I know almost all picture books are, but this book is definitely one that is!} First off the age range listed is preschool through grade 2. However I think it lends itself for going beyond 2nd grade. It would be a great read aloud since the message is a good one.

The story follows “the girl” and her best friend in the whole wide world her dog. “the girl” does everything with the dog. One day she gets this inspiration in her head and sets out to create it. Have you ever done that get this thought/vision in your head and try to create it. Some how they always look better in my head than when I create them. This is also the case for “the girl” the problem is she is a perfectionist so it has to be perfect. Along the way she discards just everything and almost quits!

After a melt down of all melt downs, a good cry, a nice long walk the mad feelings go away and she starts over. She she leaves all her other designs and sets out 1 more time.The people along the street where she has created these creations have stopped to check them out and realize they can use them. In the end she is able to create something close to what she wanted to make in the first place. She persevered and didn’t quit, she maybe even let go of a teeny tiny bit of her perfectionist personality and her and her assistant set out on The Most Magnificent Thing!