Mischief in the Forest: A Yarn Yarn

Mischief in the Forest: A Yarn Yarn

by Derrick Jensen, Stephanie McMillan
     
 

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Old Mrs. Johnson lives alone in the forest and loves to knit sweaters and mittens for her grandchildren in the city. One day, when returning from a visit to the city, her solitude comes to an end when her mischievous forest neighbors reveal themselves in a delightfully colorful fashion—someone took her yarn. The colorful mystery is solved when the birds

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Old Mrs. Johnson lives alone in the forest and loves to knit sweaters and mittens for her grandchildren in the city. One day, when returning from a visit to the city, her solitude comes to an end when her mischievous forest neighbors reveal themselves in a delightfully colorful fashion—someone took her yarn. The colorful mystery is solved when the birds, rabbits, snakes, trees, and other dwellers of Mrs. Johnson's neighborhood are seen playing with the yarn. Suddenly the forest doesn't seem so lonely, and the visiting grandkids take great delight getting to know its inhabitants. This picture book is a lesson for both young and old to connect with one's surroundings and embrace the role of good neighbors with the rest of the natural world, whether in the city or in the forest.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Grandma Johnson lived all alone in her little house in the forest spending her days sitting in her living room knitting sweaters for her grandchildren. She was never lonely. One time, after visiting her grandchildren she discovered that all the yarn she kept in her shed was missing. The mystery was solved the next day when she saw strands of colorful yarn hanging from the trees in the forest. Mischievous animals had taken the yarn and Granny realized she had neighbors and was not alone. The friendly animals (bears, raccoon, birds, foxes) came to visit her as did her grandchildren. Granny was happy and sat on her porch knitting sweaters surrounded by her new friends, the animals. The stated intent of this story is to be a lesson to old and young alike to connect with and embrace one's surroundings and be good neighbors. The uneventful, flat story leaves the reader unsatisfied and the message is too simplistic and trite. There is little mystery to hold a child's interest. Bland illustrations that appear to be computer generated do little to lift the story from the doldrums. This can easily by skipped and never missed. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604860818
Publisher:
PM Press
Publication date:
09/27/2010
Series:
Flashpoint Press
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Mischief in the Forest

A Yarn Yarn


By Derrick Jensen

PM Press

Copyright © 2010 Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60486-373-4


CHAPTER 1

Grandma Johnson was happy.

She was happy living alone in her house in the forest.

She was happy having no neighbor.

She was happy sitting alone in her living room knitting sweaters for her grandchildren.

She was happy walking alone to and from the shed where she stored her yarn.

But there was a problem.

Sometimes she felt just a lïttle bit lonely. Not so much that she wasn't happy. But just a little bit.

And so she was very happy as she got ready to go visit her grandchildren, who lived in the city.

She carried her suitcases full of sweaters and mittens.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Derrick Jensen is a teacher, an activist, and the author of The Culture of Make Believe, Endgame, and A Language Older Than Words. He lives in Crescent City, California. Stephanie McMillan is an artist, the author of the comic strip Minimum Security found on comics.com, and the coauthor of the graphic novel As the World Burns. She lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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