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Red Knit Cap Girl Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.
*Thanks to Little Brown for providing a copy for review.*
**SPOILER ALERT** gonna talk about the plot**
The story was inspired by a community 'lights out' event. If you've ever participated in one of those, or if you've ever gone out deep into the desert, you know how awe inspiring the night sky can be, and how you realize that all the city-lights, and even your own porch lights, keep you from seeing how vast and *occupied* the night sky is.
This experience relates to the book because the story is a variation of the 'bring down the moon' tale. Red Knit Cap Girl is the seeker in this book, and her helpers are a mysterious (and delightfully spooky looking) owl, and various woodland friends. They try to stretch up to get the moon's attention, and they even look for her in the reflection of a stream. But they only find the Moon when they slow down enough, and get quiet enough. Which is to say that they turn out the lights and pay attention.
Personally, I really like the slow-down-and-smell-the-roses theme. And I think that the way Ms. Stoop tells the story that it's easy for even very young children to understand that concept. (If they don't, then it's easy enough to explain it to them.) I even like the spooky drawings of the owl because they can be used to show children that sometimes things will appear scary because you are only seeing part of them.
For some reason though, I don't care over much for the ending.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The artwork alone is enough to love this book. I need more time to become comfortable with the book.Published 1 month ago by Sherrie Crandal
Absolutely beautiful illustrations... worth buying for those alone. Nice gentle story that is great for bedtime. Read morePublished 5 months ago by H. Ross
Red knit cap girl lives in an enchanted forest with her animal friends. One day she decides she wants to talk to the moon. She tries talking to its reflection. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sunshine on a Rainy Day
The illustrations in this book are just so beautiful. Other reviewers have mentioned wanting to tear out the pages of the book and framing them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sonia Ansari