Writer: Akiko Miyakoshi
Publishing House:Kids Can Press
Date of Publication:August 1st 2015
‘’The woods were very still. And so quiet. Kikko’s footsteps were the only sound.’’
In a marvelous winter wonderland, Kikko is watching her father leaving for her grandma’s house. But, wait! He has forgotten the pie! Grandma loves pies! So, Kikko decides to follow her dad, the delicious pie at hand. Curiosity and misunderstanding (and quite a few footsteps on the snow…) lead her to a beautiful estate where a tea party is taking place. However, this party is definitely unexpected and unique…
My first experience with Miyakoshi’s beautiful work was The Piano Recital. In The Party In The Woods, she creates the story of a brave girl and the bond between the human and the animal kingdom that brings to mind our most favourite fairy tales, like Red Riding Hood, Alice In Wonderland, and the musical suite Le Carnaval des Animaux by Camille Saint-Saëns. A marvelous read to accompany the last days of winter.
A beautiful moment in the history of Music to accompany our reading. This is Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des Animaux: