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The Tea Party in the Woods

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,371 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Kids Can Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Amalia Gkavea
’'The woods were very still. And so quiet. Kikko’s footsteps were the only sound.’’

In a marvelous winter wonderland, Kikko is watching her father leaving for her grandma's house. But, wait! He has forgotten the pie! Grandma loves pies! So, Kikko decides to follow her dad, the delicious pie at hand. Curiosity and misunderstanding (and quite a few footsteps on the snow...) lead her to a beautiful estate where a tea party is taking place. However, this party is definitely unexpected and unique…
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, 日本の
Kikko followed her father all the way to a strange house.
Has it always been here? Kikko wondered? She couldn't remember having seen it before.

The Tea Party in the Woods -- by Akiko Miyakoshi


Beutifully drawn, the writing is simple and pure. I loved this book. Words here fail me, so I'll let the pictures do the talking for me ...



Dave Schaafsma
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Red and I saw another Goodreads reviewer suggested this would pair nicely with that book. Both are alternative versions of Red Riding Hood. Tea Party features mostly charcoal drawings and the color red featured in her hat and gloves. The story takes place in winter where Dad has already left to go through the woods to Grandma's house and Mom lets Red try to catch up. . . but fails to, encountering another house, with animals, dressed up.

Don't go in the house! would be the theme, if this
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Originally published in 2010 in Japan under the title Mori no Oku no Ochakai e, Kids Can Press translated and reprinted this edition in 2015. It’s a delightful book sketched mostly in black and white. In it, Kikko sets out to deliver a homemade pie to her grandmother through a wooded winter land. In the process she drops and ruins the pie. Lost and in despair, she comes across an interesting tea party in the woods full of furry, helpful friends.

I’ve yet to come across a Kids Can Press book that
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are picture books out there that feel like short films. Some of the time they’re adapted into them (as with The Snowman or The Lost Thing or Lost and Found) and sometimes they’re made in tandem ( The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore). And some of the time you know, deep in your heart of hearts, that they will never see the silver screen. That they will remain perfect little evocative pieces that seep deep into the softer linings of a child’s brain, changing them, affecting them, ...more
This is a lovely story with beautiful, magical, sensitive illustrations. Kikko's father goes to visit his mother but leaves behind the pie he was meant to take. Kikko follows with the pie. Having only just left she follows her father's footsteps in the snow through the woods until she sees him enter a house she has never seen before. Looking through the window she realises it is not her father but a bear. Soon the animals see her outside and invite her in for a tea party. After the tea party, ha ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Great art. Good story. I personally would've liked it a little longer, but this was probably correct for the intended age group.

If I were Kikko I would totally have stayed for the tea party instead of hurrying dutifully on my errand.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful children's picture book, the story of a young girl's walk through the woods on the way to her grandmother's house with a pie. Yes it echoes some other tales but it is distinctive in the use of gentle and welcoming animals in the woods, depicted in charcoal drawings (everything is largely black and white in this winter tale). I do recommend this to share with children in your life.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest revi
La Coccinelle
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This wasn't really what I was expecting... but more on that in a moment. This is a cute little story about a girl who's on her way to her grandmother's house when she stumbles upon a very strange tea party in the woods. The animals are all very kind and welcoming, and help her solve her dilemma. The illustrations are an intriguing mix of cartoonish and realistic, with a bit of creepiness thrown in (there was one illustration in particular, where all the animals were looking at Kikko, that was a ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Magical Children's Stories Set in the Woods
Recommended to Abigail by: Hilary
When her father forgets the pie he is meant to take to her grandmother's house, young Kikko sets off through the snowy forest after him. Thinking she sees him in the distance, she follows along, only to discover that it is a bear she has been trailing, and that he has led her to a strange, magical house in the middle of the woods, where a group of animal friends is having tea. After being invited to join them, Kikko shares her trouble - she has dropped the pie and ruined it - and the animals all ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

“You’re never alone in the woods.”

The Tea Party in the Woods is a lovely read filled with gorgeous illustrations, dashes of color, furry friends, and wonderful messages of sharing and support. I loved looking at the little details in the pictures. Plus a bear in a hat always makes me smile. :D

An adorable read that made me *sigh* and say “that was nice” at the end. Sometimes I feel like it’s getting harder and harder to find a simple, sweet story with a heartwarming lesson. This one delivers!

Cornelia Funke
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Feast for the eyes, stunningly beautiful. One feels the texture of the paper and the chalk under one's fingers. And wouldn't we all want to find such company in the woods?:) ...more
Sam Bloom
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
If only more picture books were this weird and awesome at the same time.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bage-children, 2010
Mostly black and white charcole drawings with red and yellow in them. Very stark with the theme of winter. The story is warm and inviting. It is simple and a way I can't describe. I really enjoyed this story myself. This is one that my niece keeps asking for. ...more
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I finally read this gem. It just seems like a classic. I love the story and the wonderful pictures! A beautiful, magical and kind story.
Nazrin Asy
A delightful story for children with such beautiful illustrations.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
My goodness, the illustrations in this one are wonderful! I'm no expert on this, but I believe everything has been drawn with crayons, using black mostly, but with colour splashes here and there, giving the book an eerie fairytale-like atmosphere.

It all begins with a Little Red Riding Hood retelling: a little girl sets out into the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother. I kept thinking it was about to get very creepy and if this hadn't been a children's book, the horror options would've been e
J. Boo
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A girl's father goes to the girl's grandmother's house to shovel the walk after a recent snowstorm. Alas, he forgets the pie he was supposed to bring, and the girl follows him into the woods... or is it him that she's following? (view spoiler)

It's a very gentle story, with intere
Amy Rae
How funny and fortuitous to read this immediately after The Bus Ride, another book that can tip its hat to Little Red Riding Hood in its inspiration. I liked The Tea Party in the Woods far better, though; I think I would have absolutely adored it as a child.

The art for this one is lovely, splashes of colour against a black-and-white-world. It gets across the feeling of winter--as well as the way ideas and specific objects can burst into one's thoughts. It's no coincidence that the most colourful
Barb Middleton
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The author uses red and yellow to draw the eye to the page or highlight parts of the story. The mood and atmosphere of the forest is mystical and slightly scary. This Japanese author tells the story of a girl that goes through the woods to grandmother's house because her father left and forgot the pie. She follows like Little Red Riding Hood only to discover that the man in the coat in front of her is a bear. The animals are gathering and she's invit ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet little picture book, originally in Japanese, of a girl having to deliver goodies to her grandmother, by going through the woods to her house. But instead of meeting a wolf, she meets a bear and a goat, and a bunch of other animals that I wouldn't have though of meeting in a wood, but then, I would have thought of all of these animals wearing clothes, and living in a grand house int he woods either.

The animals welcome her to their tea party and even help her restore the pie that s
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is the third Kids Can picture book I've read in a row and they've all been winners (Worms by Friot, The Sepcific Ocean by Maclear, and this one). In this case, a girl gets lost in the woods following what she thinks is her father only to discover it's a bear in a suit! And he's going to an animal tea party! They welcome her into the party and even give her more pie to replace the pie she was supposed to bring to her grandmother's but got squished. A wonderfully magical story. ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a haunting picture book that is more mood than story. The charcoal illustrations with splashes of red and yellow are perfectly suited for the story of a young girl's fantastical encounter in the woods. With nods to Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood, this is an evocative story that will leave readers longing for a tea party of their own. ...more
The story was a sweet play on Red Riding Hood, but I found the illustrations rather bleak and almost a bit scary.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually feel like crying, because of its sheer beauty
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A tea party I would like to attend. Loved the illustrations!
Rating: 4.5 Stars: ★★★★ 1/2 (maybe 5? still deciding on a rating!)
The Tea Party In The Woods is a delightful and beautifully illustrated picture book that captured me from page 1!
Kikko follows her father in the snowy woods when he forgets to take a pie to her grandmother's house! She accidentally drops the pie, but manages to keep up with him (recognizing his hat). But, she realizes her father has arrived at the wrong house.
Kikko quickly learns that she hadn't followed her father, but a bear
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The story itself was quite lovely in that it gave a new spin to an age old tale but my favourite thing was the illustrations. They were striking and the muted colours lend an air of warmth to them that you felt transported to the stories setting.
More books ought to be translated by this author so everyone can experience her work.
Bekah Hare
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
stunning illustrations
Lynn  Davidson
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Because Kikko's father had gone to Grandmother's but had forgotten a pie made for her, Kikko set off to deliver it herself. Along the way she was invited to a tea party - and what a surprising one it was! Lovely story and illustrations. ...more
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Akiko Miyakoshi (1982–) was born in Saitama Prefecture, and graduated from the Department of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University. Her picture book Taifū ga kuru (Typhoon Comes) won the Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix in 2009, and her Mori no oku no ochakai e (The Tea Party in the Woods) garnered the Japan Picture Book Awards Grand Prize in 2011. Her othe ...more

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