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Author: Simon Van Booy

Illustrator: Wendy Edelson

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Publisher: Flashlight Press, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: It is snowy around the cottage. During a walk through the woods, Pobble and her father imagine nature in new ways. A leaf becomes a butterfly raft, a feather is a tickle stick. On the way home one of Pobble's pink mittens falls from her pocket. Then it is the animals' turns to decide what that pink thing is - an emergency mouse house? a wing warmer? This is an imaginative tale of an evening in the woods.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.9

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The story reminded our daughter of another book she loves - The Mitten by Jan Brett. She liked all of the things everyone imagined about the objects in the woods.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story has the classic elements of a fairy tale, told in a realistic way. I loved that it was a father and daughter exploring the woods. The end papers (which I usually don't pay attention to) create a welcome map for readers so they can see Pobble's journey.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations and the elements of a fairy tale story create this special father-daughter picture book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a nice gift choice for dads of girls.


Educational Themes: This would be a great book to share before taking a winter walk through the woods. [Not that you have to leave a mitten behind!]

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2010, December 2014

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