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Oct 22 2014

The Party by Gabriel Evans

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Woodland Whiskers series. Five Mile Press, 2014. ISBN 9781760060992
(Ages: 2 - 6) Recommended. It was Saffron's birthday and she woke bright and early. The little mouse was excited.
The party is a beautifully drawn short story that evokes memories of the Peter Rabbit books I was read as a child. It has a delicate way of presenting the story and characters in both text and picture. Questions can immediately be asked by a child reader as to which mouse is which and the flowing text slowly answers the inquisitive reader.
Along the way a young reader is also drawn to each page by the little lift the flap pop out windows that they must open to find out what is hidden behind. Most depict what is happening in the text but a pretty little lady bug also draws the imagination.
The Party is a beautiful book to read your child just before they go to sleep. It offers a story and interaction that provokes conversation while delivering a sweet little story about a quiet mouse family on a special day. In a time where books are getting increasingly louder and brighter it is lovely to see a book that is simple and quiet in delivery.
Steve Whitehead
Editor's note: Another in this delightful series is A new pet ISBN 9781760061005.

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