“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

The Little Piece of Red Wool

Written by:  Anne-Gaelle Balpe

Illustrated by:   Eve Tharlet

Published by:    Minedition 2014  Michael Neugebauer Publishing Ltd

Ages:    3 – 6 years

Theme:   sharing, helping others, flow-on

Opening Lines:   Oli had decided to go for a walk even though the wind was blowing strongly. He was holding a bit of wool.  It was a small piece of red wool, probably a stray bit of doll’s hair.  

Synopsis:   from back of the book…  It was only a small piece of red wool.  But thanks to Oli, a bird could finish making its nest, an ant managed to get home and three little hedgehog children did not go hungry. 

Why I like this:   This is a very cute book.  The simple message of sharing what he has to help others gives the story heart and is also reflected in cute expressions in the pixie-like illustrations.  It seems he came by the red wool by accident and when he saw how it could help someone else he was happy to part with it, so too with the feathers and seeds, and then only to finally end up with the piece of red wool again.  I love the twist at the end when he lets the piece of red wool fly out of his hand.  You’ll have to read it to find out where it went.  This is illustrated in clean tones of creams and greens and woody colours that lend a delicate feel to the story. A beautiful story about how one small thing you do to help one person can have flow on effect that may help many more people.


A bit about the author:  https://wilkinsfarago.com.au/authors-illustrators/anne-gaelle-balpe/

Available here…   https://www.target.com/p/the-little-red-thread-by-anne-ga-lle-balpe-hardcover/-/A-78621502

10 Ways kids can help others:…  https://www.pinterest.nz/pin/191614159128821208/

Random acts of Kindness…   https://www.verywellfamily.com/random-acts-of-kindness-for-kids-4136440

I’m always happy reviewing Picture Books that come my way and share them with you.  If you would like to see more please pop over to Susanna Leonard Hills Blog where there are hundreds of books reviewed by other like-minded authors and writers.  Thank you for popping in and I hope you return again soon

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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10 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” Friday

  1. Darlene says:

    This book looks so adorable with a nice message. Thanks, Diane for the review.

  2. What a fantastic picture book to share with children. The message of sharing what you have with others is an important one.

  3. I love this book! And it shows how the act of giving is more important that the “size” of what you give. Great rec! Thank you!

  4. What a beautiful story. It reminds me of a book I read, “A Happy Hat” — about a hat being repurposed over the years. It would pair well with your beautiful story. Think my grandkids would like this book! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sue Heavenrich says:

    I used to collect bits of yarn and string – this is definitely a book I need to read. And I love the idea of sharing it with other creatures.

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