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.
136 pages, 3+
English translation of 5 stories
2021, Nominated for the Runeberg Junior Prize
2021, Honorary diploma from The Finnish Book Art Committee as one of the most beautiful books of the year
‘The Woodland Night – Bedtime Stories for Big and Small’ by Kaisa Happonen and Anne Vasko is an atmospheric collection of stories for readers of all ages. These calm and reflective stories take both the reader and listener to the forest with a bear cub, moose, fox, wolf and other familiar forest animals. Text and illustrations create a unified entity that allows the reader to focus on the essential. – Statement of the Runeberg Prize Jury
This collection of gentle, philosophical bedtime stories is a visual delight. The worlds of the eleven stories are depicted with delectable colours and design language. The rhythm of the book and its chapters work convincingly, despite the somewhat cautious cover. The immersive illustrations suck the reader along into Mur’s forest. – Statement of The Finnish Book Art Committee