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Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest

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She is the award-winning author and illustrator of Sonya's Chickens , Backyard Fairies and The Blue House .

Author/illustrator Phoebe Wahl follows the eponymous Little Witch Hazel through the four seasons in this delightful picture storybook, depicting a woodland world full of enchantment and friendship.She hatches a random egg she finds in the woods, learns how to relax and take a break, she investigates an eerie noise, and in the end she gets help from an old friend. Ha la sovracopertina illustrata con la streghetta, invece la copertina vera e propria è decorata con dei fiori. I was reminded a bit here of the work of such greats as Elsa Beskow, as well as such books as Marilyn Nickson and Fritz Baumgartne's Nicky and His Forest Friends. The non-scary forest she inhabits is filled with magical folk, making this a sweet and gentle read-aloud for even the smallest humans. Instead, the coloured-pencil textures evoke the spirit of some early picture books by author-illustrators such as Wanda Gág.

Autumn: The Haunted Stump sees Hazel and her friends investigating a very spooky sound, and making a new friend in the process.Little Witch Hazel is a beautiful ode to nature, friendship, wild things and the seasons that only Phoebe Wahl could create: an instant classic and a book that readers will pore over time and time again. Note if you have sensitive youngsters that the autumn chapter has a bit of a spooky focus where there is a strange moaning sound heard and characters wondering as to whether any scary monsters/creatures are making it (the images of what is being imaged might be frightening to some) though what it turns out to be is nothing scary and provides an opportunity for kindness and compassion. Little Witch Hazel will make you feel as if you have journeyed deep into Mosswood Forest alongside Hazel and her friends. I had never heard of her before having this one recommended to me, so I am glad to have that oversight corrected, as her story was engaging and her artwork simply charming. Little Witch Hazel is a beautiful ode to nature, friendship, wild things and the seasons, that only Phoebe Wahl could create: an instant classic and a book that readers will pore over time and time again.

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