Author/illustrator Alice Melvin has produced an exquisite piece of work with her Mouse’s Wood. The opening page shows ‘A Map of the Wood’ which I enjoyed revisiting as I read the story to see where we were headed next!
We join Mouse on his journey through his beloved wood and experience all four seasons of the year as he moves from friend to friend; with chilly winter walks, April showers and summertime riverbank picnics, plus much more.
As we lift-the-flap to peep inside each of the animal’s houses, I was struck by the attention to detail of Alice’s beautiful hand-drawn and painted illustrations and the fascinating glimpses of the lives within. You are sure to spot something new each time you revisit the page.
The accompanying rhyming text adds a gentle narrative, reflecting Mouse’s slow and rambling journey along the woodland path.
This will be a wonderful book to enjoy snuggled up together, exploring the different areas of the wood and discovering the birds, insects, animals and birds who share it. The last few pages of the book looks in more detail at each month of the year, advising what you should look out for while you’re out & about in nature and which animals live in the woods around the country.
Definitely a book to be treasured and shared.