Anne Vasko
Publication date
October 2021
Format info
148mm x 210mm (portrait)

The Woodland Night

Mur ja metsän ilta

Ten charming and wise bedtime stories that are seemingly small yet so very big in sentiment and meaning.

As the daylight gives way to night all in the woods, a bear cub stops to wonder where the light goes. And when exactly does the evening end and the night begin?

In all the book’s ten little stories featuring different forest animals, the focus is on those seemingly small yet all important realisations in life. We meet a Moose who is scared to step out of the woods — right until he eventually plucks up the courage to do so. And the most moving story about the effect that one particular Water Rat has on everyone in the woods. And what becomes of the previously high‐flying kestrel whohas to overcome her feelings of guilt to be able to fly again. How could she possibly enjoy herself when so many others cannot? All the stories are small yet so very big in scope. These ten bedtime stories in a beautiful forest setting are a joyous and meaningful exploration of human emotions and responses.

Kaisa Happonen once again manages to convey her wise, philosophical musings to the reader emphatically and playfully. Anne Vasko’s gorgeous illustrations pay homage to nature and complete the stories beaufutilly.


Format, Age

136 pages, 3+ 
Colourillustrated throughout



Finnish edition
English translation of 5 stories