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|Red Knit Cap Girl to the rescue|
Author: Stoop, Naoko
Red Knit Cap Girl and White Bunny, with help from Mr. Owl and the Moon, take to the high seas as they set off on a journey to help the lost Polar Bear Cub find his way back to his family and his arctic home.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 163797
Kirkus Reviews (09/15/13)
School Library Journal (09/01/13)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2013 PreS-Gr 1—A lushly illustrated story of a little girl's fantastical journey to rescue a stranded polar bear. While Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends are immersed in crafting imaginary playthings out of newsprint, she and White Bunny peer through their telescopes, spotting a distress signal out at sea. They fashion a paper hang glider to rescue a baby polar bear. Perched atop a tree branch, the friends seek advice from the Moon, and then Red Knit Cap Girl, her trusty bunny, and the homesick polar bear set sail for the Arctic. Along the way they are guided by an owl, a pair of orcas, and the aurora borealis before finally arriving at a "land made of snow and ice." Polar Bear Cub is reunited with a very happy Mama and they both bid the rescuers good-bye. The story is printed on uncoated paper, and the heavy pages, coupled with the paint-on-plywood technique, give it both movement and gravity from the very first spread. The novelty of this tale lies in the stunning illustrations and the character's imaginative use of origami as a vehicle for adventure. Parents and children alike will want to share Stoop's gentle adventure just before sailing off into a richly colored dream world of their own.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OH - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/01/2013 Red Knit Cap Girl (2012) is back in this imaginative story of a polar bear rescue. The girl and her forest friends are busy playing when they spot something (through Red Knit Cap Girl’s homemade telescope) out on the water: it’s a polar bear cub, and he’s far from home. The girl and her pals ask the wise moon for help, and he instructs them to take the bear “to the North, where there is ice and snow and it is cold all year round.” So they construct a paper boat, and bear, girl, and bunny set sail, following the light of the moon, all the way to a different land. Once again, what shines here, quite literally, is Stoop’s artwork, rendered in a glorious palette of greens and blues, oranges and yellows. Using acrylic, ink, and pencil on plywood, as well as found materials, each illustration is richly textured, yet soft and warm, highlighting the round-bodied huggable characters. Share this at storytimes about friendship but also as an introduction to the importance of animals living in their natural habitats. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.
Bulletin for the Center... - 01/01/2014 Constructing a glider out of newspaper with an attached towline, Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends White Bunny, Bear, Squirrel, and Hedgehog rescue a polar bear cub stranded on an iceberg that has drifted near their shore. After asking the Moon for advice about what to do next, Red Knit Cap Girl and her pals make a sailboat from the same newspaper, and she and White Bunny escort the cub home, braving a storm at sea on the way. After witnessing the northern lights and finding Polar Bear Cub’s mother, Red Knit Cap Girl and White Bunny “flew off into the starry sky.” The use of present tense (“It is a windy day in the forest. Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends are playing together”) gives this fanciful story an immediacy and voice reminiscent of the narration that children engage in during pretend play. The color palette (warm russets, cerulean blues, soft tans, and creamy whites) and the woodgrain of the plywood backgrounds provide a warm, organic feel to the acrylic, ink, and pencil illustrationss. Minimal facial detail and simple, rounded shapes give the figures a toy-like appeal, and indeed, Red Knit Cap Girl’s adventures may inspire some fresh pretend play with stuffed animals. JH - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.