WOODPECKER FOREST by Keizaburo Tejima


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Another striking series of woodcuts illustrating events in a natural setting, from the acclaimed Japanese creator of Owl Lake and Fox's Dream. Here, as spring comes to a remote forest, a pair of woodpeckers build a nest and raise their young. The ""bravest"" of the fledglings ventures forth first, spending a frightening night in the forest before his father finds him; but, by snowfall, he has leaned to live on his own. As in Tejima's other books, the unnecessary touch of anthropomorphism jars a bit: though a first night on his own might frighten a young bird, it's not likely that the holes in hollow trees would be especially alarming to him. Still, the simple text conveys a sense of the growth of wild things; and Tejima's bold, dramatic woodcuts--black warmed by soft colors--are again outstanding.

Pub Date: April 13th, 1989
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Philomel/Putnam