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The Tea Party in the Woods

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 ratings  ·  268 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.
Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Kids Can Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Kenny
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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


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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 ...

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Idarah
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture, read-2016
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
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David Schaafsma
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
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Hilary
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
Miriam
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Betsy
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sue
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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La Coccinelle
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Abigail
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

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Cornelia Funke
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?:)
Calista
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Sam Bloom
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
If only more picture books were this weird and awesome at the same time.
Anne
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
Laura
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jason
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mary
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Roya
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually feel like crying, because of its sheer beauty
Iben
The story was a sweet play on Red Riding Hood, but I found the illustrations rather bleak and almost a bit scary.
Stephanie
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tea party I would like to attend. Loved the illustrations!
Lola
I’m not sure I want children to be reading this book. After her experience meeting animals in the woods willing to help her put a pie together, Kikko says that ‘‘you’re never alone in the woods’’ like it’s a good thing, but how can that be?

Kikko basically follows a man she believes is her father, but turns out he isn’t, to a strange and unknown house until she discovers the man is actually a bear. I say Kikko is a lucky girl because she could have been hurt or kidnapped or who-knows-what, but in
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Noura
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  ·  review of another edition
stunning illustrations
Lynn  Davidson
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tabitha
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly charming, and the picture of all the animals looking at her made me laugh out loud!
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

Miyakoshi's The Tea Party in the Woods is an elegantly illustrated, softly told tale that has- like many classic children's tales- surreal undercurrents. When we begin the story, we're introduced to young Kikki who goes running off after her father into the snow covered woods. She has with her a delicious pie and struggles to catch up to him. Someone wearing a distinguished coat appears in the distance and Kikko runs to them believing them to be her father. But it is, as the book description tel
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Polenth Blake
Kikko is taking a pie to Grandma, after her father forgets to take it. She ends up lost in the snow, but stumbles across an unusual tea party.

This is a whimsical adventure, about finding animals wearing clothes who are having a tea party. There are some creepier moments, such as Kikko getting lost in the woods, and the uncertainty of how the animals will react when they first see her. However, the overall tone is one of warmth and strangers helping each other out.

The artwork is charcoal and penc
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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