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Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–A lushly illustrated story of a little girl's fantastical journey to rescue a stranded polar bear. While Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends are immersed in crafting imaginary playthings out of newsprint, she and White Bunny peer through their telescopes, spotting a distress signal out at sea. They fashion a paper hang glider to rescue a baby polar bear. Perched atop a tree branch, the friends seek advice from the Moon, and then Red Knit Cap Girl, her trusty bunny, and the homesick polar bear set sail for the Arctic. Along the way they are guided by an owl, a pair of orcas, and the aurora borealis before finally arriving at a “land made of snow and ice.” Polar Bear Cub is reunited with a very happy Mama and they both bid the rescuers good-bye. The story is printed on uncoated paper, and the heavy pages, coupled with the paint-on-plywood technique, give it both movement and gravity from the very first spread. The novelty of this tale lies in the stunning illustrations and the character's imaginative use of origami as a vehicle for adventure. Parents and children alike will want to share Stoop's gentle adventure just before sailing off into a richly colored dream world of their own.–Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Red Knit Cap Girl (2012) is back in this imaginative story of a polar bear rescue. The girl and her forest friends are busy playing when they spot something (through Red Knit Cap Girl’s homemade telescope) out on the water: it’s a polar bear cub, and he’s far from home. The girl and her pals ask the wise moon for help, and he instructs them to take the bear “to the North, where there is ice and snow and it is cold all year round.” So they construct a paper boat, and bear, girl, and bunny set sail, following the light of the moon, all the way to a different land. Once again, what shines here, quite literally, is Stoop’s artwork, rendered in a glorious palette of greens and blues, oranges and yellows. Using acrylic, ink, and pencil on plywood, as well as found materials, each illustration is richly textured, yet soft and warm, highlighting the round-bodied huggable characters. Share this at storytimes about friendship but also as an introduction to the importance of animals living in their natural habitats. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley
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Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue is certainly worth purchasing and reading over and over. It was just a little too "wide-ranging" and seemed to roam a bit further than the first book.
But my granddaughter (aged 3 1/4) loved it as much as the first one.
Naoko Stoop is an author I want to follow.
The story begins with the friends playing with newspaper. They are folding it and making kites, telescopes, boats and things. Exactly the sort of activities that I did with my friends eons ago in the dark ages.
The magic starts when they see an SOS. Heading out to sea Girl and Bunny find a cub who has drifted south away from his mother.
What's absolutely charming is that all of items that the friends made, are used in the rescue. Does this mean that they made bigger boats and kites from newspaper? Or are we just entering Red Knit Cap Girl's make believe world?
This is a charming book. Good Read-aloud and it would be nice even for a bedtime read. (review copy)