Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescueby Naoko Stoop
'I hope it's not too far away,' says Red Knit Cap Girl. 'Follow the light of the Moon,' calls Owl. In this heartwarming follow-up to Naoko Stoop's debut Red Knit Cap Girl, Red Knit Cap Girl meets a lost Polar Bear Cub. Determined to help him find his way home, to an Arctic land of ice and snow, Red Knit Cap Girl, White Bunny, and Polar Bear Cub set off on an unforgettable voyage. Gorgeously illustrated on wood grain, Red Knit Cap Girl's curiosity, imagination, and joy will captivate the hearts of readers young and old. Simple prose and luminous pictures will remind readers that even small actions - such as recycling - can help to solve big world problems, in this inspiring story that celebrates friendship, bravery, and the importance of home.
Praise for Red Knit Cap Girl:
* "Gorgeously illustrated."Publishers Weekly, starred review"
Dreamy, saturated illustrations . . . create a roomy wonderland that welcomes any child's curiosity and sense of adventure."The New York Times Book Review"
An apt choice for bedtime reading, this story affirms the necessity of turning off the light and noise of our busy world to truly recognize the everyday marvels around us."School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A lushly illustrated story of a little girl's fantastical journey to rescue a stranded polar bear. While Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends are immersed in crafting imaginary playthings out of newsprint, she and White Bunny peer through their telescopes, spotting a distress signal out at sea. They fashion a paper hang glider to rescue a baby polar bear. Perched atop a tree branch, the friends seek advice from the Moon, and then Red Knit Cap Girl, her trusty bunny, and the homesick polar bear set sail for the Arctic. Along the way they are guided by an owl, a pair of orcas, and the aurora borealis before finally arriving at a "land made of snow and ice." Polar Bear Cub is reunited with a very happy Mama and they both bid the rescuers good-bye. The story is printed on uncoated paper, and the heavy pages, coupled with the paint-on-plywood technique, give it both movement and gravity from the very first spread. The novelty of this tale lies in the stunning illustrations and the character's imaginative use of origami as a vehicle for adventure. Parents and children alike will want to share Stoop's gentle adventure just before sailing off into a richly colored dream world of their own.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OH
Red Knit Cap Girl (2012) returns with ingenuity and pluck to save a lost animal in another atmospheric offering from Stoop. In the forest, Red Knit Cap Girl plays with her animal friends, creating handmade items of interest. A kite, boat and telescope made from recycled paper are their entertainment, until the hooded heroine spots a polar bear, stranded on an iceberg at sea. She saves the lost bear and embarks on a journey to reunite the cub with his family. Each challenge along the way is met with a quiet determination, and the rescue mission soon becomes an adventure as the folded-paper sailboat weathers a storm, glides with orcas and follows the Moon's light to safe harbor. Done in acrylic, pencil and ink on plywood, the artwork has a dreamy, ethereal quality. While the drawing style is simple, Stoop graphically enhances the images in a sophisticated way that elevates the work. Often, the wood pattern radiates out to highlight the composition, adding depth and texture. With this technique, the artist gently illuminates the rhythms of the sea, the currents of the wind and the wonder of the aurora borealis. Readers will want to glide with this resourceful red-capped girl, across the sea and sky, to also speak with the moon. Quietly perceptive and deeply appreciative of nature, its beauty and delicacy, and the individual's power to protect it. (Picture book. 3-6)
Meet the Author
Naoko Stoop's love of drawing began when she was a young child growing up in Japan. Naoko now lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York. She uses found materials including plywood and brown paper bags as her canvas. Naoko has shown her work in a variety of galleries and stores in New York and hopes that, through her artwork, she can inspire the child within everyone.
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Red Knit Cap Girl To The Rescue by Naoko Stoop is a precious book from cover to cover! Intended for early elementary children, it begins by introducing children to Red Knit Cap Girl and her friend White Bunny. All animals are called by their categorical names (Bear Owl and so forth). It is a simplicity which then allows children to remember the animal rather than the name and the story then flows freely. Red Knit Cap Girl looks through her paper telescope and sees something on the water. A lost Polar Bear Cub is spotted sitting on a small ice floe. White Bunny and Red Knit Cap Girl immediately see the need to take action and they devise a means to reach the bear. Bringing Polar Bear Cub back to their forest, the little animal is adopted by the forest occupants. The animals all see the need to reunite Polar Bear Cub with his family but they are stumped as to how. They ask for help from nature and the Moon responds. They prepare to follow the directions of the Moon in order to return Polar Bear Cub to his family. The way the creatures use what is available to them teaches resourcefulness to young listeners who might even offer suggestions as the story proceeds. There are many emotions included in Red Knit Cap Girl. Author Stoop suggests concepts of fear, helpfulness, ingenuity, inquisitiveness, and joy in relating how the child and the forest animals can use available resources and common reasoning in order to solve problems. Stoop has beautifully illustrated her story such that younger children will sit enthralled to the end. There is a general message of cooperation and hope that small acts of kindness may lead to the coming together of nations in order that issues may indeed be resolved in a nonthreatening manner. This is a beautiful book!