Red Knit Cap Girl
By Naoko Stoop
Red Knit Cap Girl lives in the forest. She and her friend White Rabbit want to talk to the Moon. She asks Owl if she can go to the Moon. He says the Moon is too far, but “if you want, she will bend down to listen to you.” Red Knit Cap and her other friends, Bear and Squirrel and Hedgehog, decide to have a party at night to wait for the moon. They hang paper lanterns, but the Moon doesn’t appear. They must learn patience, and make it dark enough for the Moon to come out.
This is a very simple story about cooperation. I love the pictures, done in acrylic, ink and pencil on plywood. On most of the pages you can see the grain of the wood. I can imagine kids asking, “Why is she standing on sand?” due to the color but mostly the subtle wave pattern is calming, and suits the tone of the book. Another detail I liked was the paper lanterns made of the real pages of a book! The back jacket flap says Stoop often uses found materials in her work, which appeals to me. I think Red Knit Cap Girl in her cap looks like a berry (and reminds me of Lisa Snellings’ Little Red Poppet sculpture.) This is a sweet little picture book for younger grades, from an artist I’ll continue to watch.
Source: Public library
Picture Source: BN.com