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In the Forest

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  189 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The animals join a young boy as he walks through the forest blowing his new horn.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 30th 1976 by Puffin (first published August 1st 1944)
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List for #nerdcott
172nd out of 335 books — 34 voters
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At first I didn't like this much at all. Why does the lion have a comb? Why do the elephant babies put on a sweater and some shoes? Why do the kangaroos have drums? Why do the monkeys have suits hanging on a hanger in the trees? Why doesn't the rabbit get to have any clothes or a musical instrument? And why do ice cream and cake just appear when they are all ready for a picnic? It was just too strange! But once I got to the end, I decided that all of the animals (except maybe the rabbit), the fo ...more
Another old picture book that "gets" children. And children so much appreciate it. Ets's quiet illustrations tell an imaginative story and her simple text is the perfect accompaniment.
I quite enjoyed this and it's the first of the older Caldecott winners that I would probably share in storytime - if the illustrations weren't so small. Cute and quirky - a boy goes for a walk in the forest with a new horn and paper hat, and along the way meets various animals who decide to join him. The lion combs his hair and comes along, the bears bring their peanuts and jam, and ultimately they end up parading to a picnic area where they eat (a cake has mysteriously appeared) and play games. ...more
Favorite Illustration: at the end when the dad comes and talks to the little boy and you can see all the animals hiding.
A little boy goes on a walk in the forest, where he meets lots of different animals and they all have a parade.
This was a sweet, simple story and the illustrations were adorable!
This book won a 1945 Caldecott Honor. I thought it was a cute imaginative story about a little boy who goes into the forest and starts marching through with a hat and a horn. Before long, a parade of animals are following him, only for us to discover that it was all make-believe. The illustrations were very basic and had no color, which was my only gripe. As another reviewer has pointed out (, the story does kind of remind the reader of Maurice Sendak’s " ...more
This tromp through the woods with an ever-lengthening crew of animals is a fanciful but very imaginative story. Using a certain amount of repetition, I think it would be very enjoyable for young children who aren't habituated to video games and TV cartoons. I'm not sure what technique Ets used to create the illustrations, but they are captivating. Without diminishing the imagination at all, the ending is so grounded in reality and love, making this a great choice for children to read with parent ...more
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1945 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The parade with all the animals.

Favorite line: 'Then I was It for Hide-and-Seek, and everyone hid - except the rabbit. He just stood still.'

Kid-appeal: I think kids will like this one with it's building effect of meeting more and more animals in the boys imaginary play. I suspect the humanistic elements of animals with combs and sweaters will also produce a giggle or two.
Mary Wike
this book was good for the most part. it showed a young child bringing all different kinds of animals together. the animals ended up forming a parade. I recommend the book for young children because embraces friendship and shows you can be friends with anyone, no matter how different you are!
A young boy goes for a walk in the forest. Many animals join him on his walk and together they play games until the boy's father comes looking for him. Illustrations are black and white sketches. The story has a refrain though the it doesn't have a natural cadence that makes for a good read aloud.
Sarah W
Favorite illustration: p. 3 when the boy plays his trumpet at the sleeping lion.

Animals form a parade in this story as the boy walks through the forest. It reminded me of a parade scene in an old Winnie-the-Pooh book I have.
1945 Caldecott Honor

This would be perfect for preschool yoga story time! <3

*paired with ice cream cone craft (because they eat ice cream on the picnic)
This is about a boy who imagines he is having a parade with various animals on the forest. I thought it was fun and I think kids would get a kick out of it.
♥ Susan
I saw this at my children's school today, and I immediately recognized it.. from my childhood I am going to attempt to order it asap.
Fun parade with a variety of animals in the forest - oh what things are possible 'in the forest.'
Caldecott honor.
Oct 17, 2008 Kirei rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschoolers
This book is about a boy who plays with forest creatures. When his father appears at the end, they disappear.
I read this book six times in a row to my favorite four-year-old. It's entrancing.
I like it how people are in the middle of things, but want to join in.
1945 Caldecott Honor

Imaginative and fun walk through the forest.
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