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Into The Forest Hardcover – 1 Aug 2004
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an extraordinary book, which will enhance children's visual literacy and encourage them to bring their own knowledge of fairytales to the story. * Springboard Stories * With each page, our expectations of what will happen shift, as Browne plays with readers' knowledge of the fairy-tale source to set up suspense, before a happy resolution. . . Like so much of Browne's work, this book encourages children to look attentively and think about motives and meanings. -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Anthony Browne is one of the most popular and stylistically distinctive children's book artists, with a number of outstanding titles to his credit. He recently won the illustration section of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for his services to children's literature. He lives with his family in Kent.
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Afterwards we talked about what was frightening or worrying and she didn't even mention dad going missing!
I asked her what she gave the book out of 5 and she said 3 so there it is.
Personally I think the book is frightening, weird and bemusing. Why doesn't mum know that dad is at grandma's? Bizarre.
Our hero decides to take the short cut through the forest where he encounters various fairy-tale characters who want him to give them his yummy cake. He, however, is determined to give the cake to his grandmother, and all ends as it should. It's worth mentioning that he's shown in full colour, whilst the forest and its fairy-tale characters are all black and white, apart from a red cape which he dons with interesting results.
It's ironic (or perhaps not) that a book about dealing with anxiety should generate so much anxiety, starting with this parent - I find the book rather more scary than my four-year old, who cruises through it with great pleasure, happily finding the characters hidden in the forest illustrations.
I think that children have their own fears, which Anthony Browne understands well. These do not include worrying about whether the father's absence is properly explained (I'd say it's there in the book) or whether the book's suitable for children (I'd say it shows that being worried about something doesn't mean that you have to give in to fairy-tale anxieties).
My advice - lose yourself in this forest of brilliant story-telling and intriguing illustration.
Another child felt it was easy to read so everyone could access it. The class would recommend the story to others who are a little bit younger, but may need it to be read to them.
Most of the children would want to read more books by Anthony Browne in the future.
This book is really clever - the pictures in the forest are rich in detail and great for little minds to explore. To really understand the fairy tale references, the child you're buying this for will need to be aware of fairy tale stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel etc - it's a fantastic book that encourages discussion and sharing of ideas. Any literature that is enjoyable to read and gets young children thinking in this kind of multi-layered way is going to get a high rating from me!
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