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BEDTIME IN THE FOREST by Kazuo Iwamura

BEDTIME IN THE FOREST

By Kazuo Iwamura (Author) , Kazuo Iwamura (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7358-2310-5
Publisher: NorthSouth

Baby squirrels find unlikely new friends in their first non-seasonal outing (Hooray for Snow!, 2009, etc.). While frolicking on a tree branch one morning, squirrel siblings Mick, Mack and Molly spy an owl family sleeping inside the tree. Mama Owl wakes up long enough to tell them to come back at night if they want to play, and they do, even though their parents have warned them not to. There's fun for a while, but the squirrels soon tire and fall asleep. Luckily, Father and Mother have guessed what their children are up to and bring them home. Though playing together won’t work for owl and squirrel children, Mick, Mack and Molly come up with a great idea: They make a mailbox so they can be pen pals with the owlets. Iwamura’s adorable animals are well-matched by both his muted palette and his gentle story. Pleasantly reminiscent of Beatrix Potter, with the squirrels’ little overalls and the domesticated woodland interiors, though the trim size is fairly conventional. (Picture book. 4-6)