Sooner or later we all have something to say, and saying it to just any old body won’t do. Sometimes we need a BIG listener; a listener as big as the moon itself.
That’s what happens in author/illustrator Naoko Stoop’s first picture book, Red Knit Cap Girl. In the book, Red Knit Cap Girl wants to have a conversation with the moon, but it’s just too far away. Even when she climbs a tree or stands near the moon’s reflection in a quiet pond, it’s still not close enough for the conversation to begin.
Her forest friends gather round and advise her to ask Owl – who, of course, knows everything – how she can possibly reach the moon. Wise old Owl has some wise old words for her, but you’ll have to read the book to find out what he says. But I can tell you this: Once he gives his sage advice, some pretty interesting things happen in that enchanted forest as Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends follow his instructions.
Red Knit Cap Girl is a sweet and quiet little book that explores the beauty, innocence and imagination of childhood. Although the plot is not exactly original, Stoop’s writing style is warm enough to make you feel like you’re having a conversation with your best childhood friend. Also, her drawings have an exotic flare, and her rich and dark colors breathe life into what would otherwise be a dark and scary forest.
This book might be a great story-starter for encouraging children to explore their own imaginations. It’s also great for any elementary library, and especially suited for the classroom that celebrates diversity.
Best wishes and happy reading,