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From the PublisherStarred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009:
"[This] happy-ending story asks readers to consider not only the importance of leaving wild things but the possibility of magic."
Review, School Library Journal, October 2009:
Review, The New York Times Book Review, October 11, 2009:
"[A] charmingly conceived modern fable."
Review, Publishers Weekly, October 12, 2009:
"Willis...supplies numerous winsome details...ever-fresh in the narrator's mind, and Millward's...dreamy, doodly pen and ink spreads are similarly fragrant with nostalgia for childhood expeditions and the sheer magic of the outdoors."
Review, Grandparents.com, October 22, 2009:
"[Willis's] words are paired with some of the most beautiful illustrations in recent memory — there is a two-page spread of bluebells that will take your breath away."
Starred review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, December 2009:
"A sweet story with a wide-eyed belief in possibility; it's sure to get kids nosing around the woods for their own fantastical finds."
Review, Scholastic Parent & Child, December 2009:
"Gwen Millward’s whimsical watercolors add to the charm."