Woody, Hazel and Little Pip Hardback
by Elsa Beskow
Illustrated by Elsa Beskow
This delightful autumn story describes the woodland adventures of two acorn children who get carried away by the blustery autumn wind.
Mr Squirrel and Hazel, the youngest Hazelnut child, go off in search of them and encounter a grumpy troll and the Chestnut boys along the way.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Floris Books
- Publication Date: 01/09/1990
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780863151095
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Review by AbigailAdams26
Originally published in 1939, as <u>Ocke, Nutta, och Pillerill</u>, this charming Swedish picture-book follows the adventures of two Acorn boys - Woody and Little Pip - and a young Hazelnut girl named (what else?) Hazel, who all find themselves far from home one sunny Autumn day. Climbing aboard a large oak leaf, Woody and Pip are blown across the forest, and - having landed in the midst of some gnomes doing laundry - are pressed into the delivery business. Meanwhile, Hazel hitches a ride with Mr. Squirrel, when he goes in search of the missing Acorn boys, and also finds herself abroad in the woods. Meeting up, the three children have many wonderful adventures - floating downstream on a home-made raft, playing with the Chestnut boys - before they are eventually returned to the bosom of their worried families.Although I wouldn't describe the story of <u>Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip</u> as one of my favorites, when it comes to the slew of Elsa Beskow books I've been reading lately, it is still quite engaging, from a visual perspective. It's not that there's anything specifically <i>wrong</i> with the story, of course - although I do think that titles like <u>The Sun Egg</u> and <u>Children of the Forest</u> are superior explorations of the "elfin creatures of the woodland" theme - but it just didn't grab me. Beskow's artwork, on the other hand, is just lovely, perfectly capturing the warm light of an Autumn landscape, and the insouciant charm of her forest dwelling characters. Recommended to young readers who enjoy tales of "little people," and to fans of Beskow's artwork.