* Reading Age: 5-7 years
*Grade Level: K-2
* Hardcover: 80 pages
* Publisher: Museyon
*Pub. Date: October 24, 2022
* ISBN-10: 1940842662
* ISBN-13: 978-1940842660
* Language: English
"A charming story of everyday life with a hint of magic. " —Kirkus STARRED Review for the book 1, The Mailbox in the Forest
"This latest in the Forest Friends series is another charming tale about talking animals and unexpected friendships. The animals’ opinions and commentary are fun and add a comedic element. Readers may be spurred to read aloud and create their own stories. A lovely, funny story about friendship and finding confidence." —Kirkus Reviews
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Yuka, a first grader, loves when her mom spends time with her and reads her books out loud. When her baby brother arrives in their home her mom is too busy looking after him to read to her daughter.
Yuka feels abandoned and sad because she loved those special reading times with her mother. One day Yuka takes her favourite book and while sitting in the forest alone reading her book out loud, a squirrel, a rabbit, a fox, a raccoon, and more animals quietly come to listen to her read. They love listening to her read and ask for more. As she continues and becomes more confident she discovers that reading out loud is very powerful and enjoyable. She gets ideas for creating a story just for her forest friends.
The story is a wonderful way to spark a conversation about a new arrival in a family and the feelings surrounding that special event. The warm illustrations are simple and engaging. The story wraps up on a happy note as Yuka looks forward to Spring and reading aloud to her sweet baby brother.
Young readers will be encouraged to read aloud and also to create their own stories. This wonderful book includes Japanese folktales and other folk and fairy tales from around the world. It is a lovely book about friendship and self-esteem. I highly recommend it.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Kyoko Hara was born in Tokyo and graduated from Wako University with a degree in art. In 1978 she won the Kodansha Children’s Literature Prize in the KFS Contest. Among her many titles are Haru ni aeta yo (We Met Spring) and Kuma no Bear to chiisana Tatan (Kuma the Bear and Tiny Tatan) series. When she was a child, she wanted to become a fashion designer and did not like writing at all.
About the Illustrator
Kazue Takahashi made her debut as a picture-book author with acclaimed Kuma-Kuma Chan, The Little Bear in 2001. Her picture books include Risu denwa (The Squirrel Telephone System) and Ne, ohanashi kikasete (Read Me a Story, story with Kyoko Hara). Takahashi’s illustrations embody kawaii—the quality of being cute and adorable, which is prominent in Japanese popular culture.
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