Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue
Little, Brown & Co., 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
he creation of Japanese artist Naoko Stoop, this picture book was inspired by an article she saw about a polar bear stranded on a small piece of a breakaway iceberg.
hen the central character of this story, a small child wearing a large red hat and coat, discovers a little polar bear cub floating offshore, she rescues it. But then the problem becomes reuniting the cub with its mother.
t will take all the ingenuity Red Knit Cap Girl and her animal friends can muster to figure out a way to get the polar bear cub back to the land of ice and snow. Of course, it will be a marvelous and exciting adventure which will end happily for everyone concerned.
sing a delicate pallet of muted colors, Stoop's illustrations complement the Red Knit Cap Girl's red ensemble and make this a very pleasing story to enjoy with a young child. So many picture books nowadays use bright, fluorescent, almost garish color combinations that battle one another for the youngster's attention. Here everything works together in a very pleasing manner. The optimal word here is
and this is a nice change of pace from what too often assails young readers today.
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