My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kikko’s father sets out to walk through the woods to her Grandmother’s house but forgets the pie! Kikko braves the forest by herself to catch up with her father with the pie. She stumbles on to a new group of friends who invite her to a tea party. They help her finish her journey and she finally reaches her Grandmother’s house… with a new and improved pie!
The illustrations are gorgeous. Simple black and white (charcoal or possibly just pencil?) drawings accentuate the stillness of a quiet wood on a snowy day. Kikko’s hair and clothes are our only splash of color in yellows and reds. As the story progresses, we get more color though it is still a limited palette and merely accent.
Kikko’s statement of “never being alone in the woods” makes me think that this was (or should have been) a concern of hers at the beginning, but I never felt that from her. We might have seen a little more growth from Kikko if she had seemed unsure about venturing through the woods on her own. I appreciate that she seems quite brave and perfectly happy to run after her father following his footsteps to catch up. We never even see her getting unsure about being alone. The addition of color also gives the impression that things are getting warmer, feeling more familiar. Even with this slight discrepancy, I thought it was a lovely book.