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Get ready for a light-hearted romp through the animal kingdom with a badger and  friends.
For this unique book, the work of 3 generations came together: words from Grandma,  artwork by her daughter and the background scribbles of 2 1/2 year old Heidi. An enjoyable children's story.
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reviewed by Judee L. Spargur


In this debut children’s book, a group of animals lives peacefully in the woods—until a fox shows up and takes over the badger’s house.

“Deep in the woods there are hidden paths known only to the forest dwellers” begins this story set in a world of friendly, fuzzy creatures. The forest dwellers are a wild cat and her kittens, a badger, bear, a doe and her fawns and a bat and a tiny lizard. Together they live in harmony, as each has its own home in the forest, but that tranquility is shattered when Scratchfoot, the badger, returns home from foraging to find that a fox has moved into his burrow. The fox refuses to move, and the rest of the animals try to help Scratchfoot remove the intruder—they make awful noises to try to scare him out and otherwise work together as a team to help their friend. The plot resolves with a lesson about friendship and sharing, although it’s rather quickly wrapped up in a few sentences on the last page. The book itself is the result of teamwork: A grandmother wrote the story, a mother made the colorful animal cutouts, and a 2-and-a-half-year-old child contributed the looping background scribbles. The result is a homegrown approach to illustration, and the resulting abstract, colorful images work well, given the story’s simplicity. Hovaguimian uses a large but not overly complex vocabulary—with words such as “dislodge,” “circumstances” and “foraging”—that helps to make the book a good one for adults to read to children before bed.

A sweet story about teamwork and friendship.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557703328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557703326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,969,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VHbooks on September 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Deep in the Woods is an old-fashioned children's book in the spirit of Winnie the Pooh, a quiet tale of friendly creatures living together in the forest. When an interloper, a menacing fox, barges in, the animals have to help each other, working together to get rid of him. But what if the fox needs the animals' help, too?
The story is ideal for bedtime, with gentle characters and a happy end. Written by a grandmother, with illustrations by her daughter and granddaughter, it may inspire your family to write stories too.
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