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Red Knit Cap Girl Hardcover – June 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Red Knit Cap Girl
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316129461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316129466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "Stoop's first picture book...[is] a successful ensemble piece, gorgeously illustrated, in which each character has a part to play."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An apt choice for bedtime reading, this story affirms the necessity of turning off the light and noise of our busy world to truly recognize the everyday marvels around us."—School Library Journal

"A gentle Zen-like parable, with visual and narrative intrigue."—Kirkus Reviews

"Soothingly familiar....The text is simple and thoughtful, almost meditative, but it's the charming artwork that runs away with the show."—Booklist

"Stoop's dreamy, saturated illustrations, painted on plywood, create a roomy wonderland that welcomes any child's curiosity and sense of adventure."—The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Naoko Stoop's love of drawing began when she was a young child growing up in Japan. Naoko now lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York, where she uses found materials such as plywood and brown paper bags as her canvas. She has shown her work in a variety of galleries and stores in New York. Red Knit Cap Girl is her first picture book.

More About the Author

Naoko Stoop's love of drawing began when she was a young child growing up in Japan. Naoko now lives and creates in Brooklyn, New York. She uses found materials including plywood and brown paper bags as her canvas. She has shown her work in a variety of galleries and stores in New York and hopes that, through her artwork, she can inspire the child within everyone. Her debut picture book "Red Knit Cap Girl" was named one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2012. Naoko's website is www.redknitcapgirl.com

Customer Reviews

The illustrations in this book are just so beautiful.
Sonia Ansari
RED KNIT CAP GIRL is a charming picture book with a quiet story and beautiful artwork of the forest and animals and sunset and night sky.
Mrs. Heise
First I have to point out the amazing surface medium of this book of acrylic and pencil on plywood!
Margaret C.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
What a beautifully done (in several ways) children's book this one is! Red Knit Cap Girl personally appeals to be for several reasons and on different levels.

First, this is precisely the sort of picture story book that would have appealed to my daughter when she was young; under the age of five. She has been teaching first grade for over 20 years now but she still has plenty of little girl in her and will love this work.

Secondly, for a first time published author and artist, Naoko Stoop has created a book, which I strongly feel will eventually become a classic. The art work is absolutely stunning. I cannot remember the last time I viewed such a odd but appealing blend of colors. I am not quite sure how she, the artist, pulled it off, but what ever she did, she did it well. In many ways the subject matter; each plate, is rather austere at first glance but when you look closely, there is much too each picture. The balance and composition is near perfect. The little girl; Red Knit Cap Girl, simply pops from the page

The story is simple. Our little girl likes to set in the forest and wonder about everything. Her curiosity is drawn to the moon. She wants to talk to the moon. But alas, how do you get close enough to the moon to talk? She seeks the advice of her animal friends ending with Mr. Owl. Owl advises our little impish girl that she is too far from the moon to talk, but that maybe she can entice the moon to come down to her. How is this to be done? "You will find a way," answers the owl.

And she does; she and her animal friends - indeed she does.

Sort of a spoiler alert here: Ask yourself..."Can I see the moon and stars with too much light around me here in the ground?" And this brings up the third reason I like this work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jessica at Cracking the Cover on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Red Knit Cap Girl wonders about lots of things. In the forest, you see, there's time for that. More than anything, Red Knit Cap Girl wonders about Moon and the possibility of talking to her. No matter how hard the girl tries, it seems the moon is just too far away.

It seems the Red Knit Cap Girl will never meet Moon, that is until Owl offers a suggestion -- the moon is too far to visit, but she will bend down to listen. Soon the little girl has an idea, gathering all her forest friends for a Moon celebration. Everyone pitches in, lighting lanterns and singing, but there's just silence. Only when they blow out the lanterns and sit quietly does the Moon appear, and together they listen to the sounds of the forest.

I've wanted to read "Red Knit Cap Girl" since the moment I first saw it's cover. It's so sweet and beautiful in it's simplicity, how could you not? Luckily for readers, those themes carry throughout the book, which is in one word -- lovely.

You won't find any gimmicks or flashy illustrations here. Just a carefully crafted tale that will set the tone for bedtime or naptime, as the case may be. Naoko Stopp's illustrations are stylized and unassuming and perfect for the tale. Even with the use of bold oranges and reds, her use of color is tranquil. The accompanying text flows nicely and ads to the Zen feel of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. VINE VOICE on November 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First I have to point out the amazing surface medium of this book of acrylic and pencil on plywood! It leads such a texture that is appropriate and works for every page. The red knit cap girl and white bunny go on an adventure to talk to the moon and it is inspiring and full of imagination. I know I will enjoy sharing this with my girls time and again. I hope to see more of Naoko Stoop's art in the future.

*Thanks to Little Brown for providing a copy for review.*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on June 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If there's only one children's picture book you pick up this year, this is the one to get! Naoko's beautiful illustrations and heartwarming story capture the heart of imagination for those both young and old. It's a lovely story about friendship, adventure, and captures the essence of childhood perfectly. Red Knit Cap Girl and her woodland friends want to meet the moon. How does one go about doing that? You'll have to jump into this story's delightful world and take the journey with Red Knit Cap Girl to find out. I promise the journey will be worth it!

Not one to want to cut a book apart, I freely admit the illustrations in this book made me want to actually remove the pages just so I could frame them and hang them. They're that cute!

Red Knit Cap Girl is a story I HIGHLY recommend picking up. It's not just a story young readers will enjoy, but one that "older" readers will too. I'm looking forward to reading many more adventures of Red Knit Cap Girl and Enchanted Forest Friends.

If you love Naoko's illustrations, I highly recommend checking out her Esty shop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Heise on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
RED KNIT CAP GIRL is a charming picture book with a quiet story and beautiful artwork of the forest and animals and sunset and night sky. Red Knit Cap Girl is a great example of a curious little girl who is determined to do what she can to find out what she wants to know - and what she wants to know, is how to reach the moon in order to talk to her. When she can't figure it out on her own, she takes advice from the forest animals to find the wise owl who knows everything. Owl lets Red Knit Cap Girl know that the moon will listen if she knows someone is waiting for her. All of the forest animals come together to help Red Knit Cap Girl figure out a plan to let the moon know they are waiting for her.

I appreciated the spirit of community and helpfulness and coming together that was shown through Hedgehog, Bear, Squirrel, and White Bunny as they helped Red Knit Cap Girl in her plan to celebrate the moon so she comes close enough to talk to. When the plan doesn't at first work, Red Knit Cap Girl figures out why and what is wrong, and remedies the situation. Ultimately it's a story full of hope and wishfulness brought to life at the end when realizing that the moon will always be there, and can be seen when it is dark and quiet.

RED KNIT CAP GIRL is a delightful story about curiousity and imagination and nature and community; although, I did wish that there had been an actual name for the girl because it is a mouthful to repeat over and over (especially for a read aloud). I will definitely use this one in my classroom to share with my students.

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