Min, Cat

Shy Willow

(2) K-3 In this sweet debut, we meet timid Willow the rabbit, who lives in an abandoned mail collection box near a bustling street. She doesn't like to venture out, preferring to stay in her snug home. After a boy named Theo mistakes Willow's home for an active mailbox, she reads the letter he's dropped inside: Theo has written to the moon to see if it can shine brightly for his mother's birthday. Willow is determined to deliver this letter to the moon and, after several failed attempts, she finally succeeds in her mission, by sacrificing something dear. In the end, the boy's wish comes true--and Willow makes a new friend. The subdued rose and yellow hues of Willow's home are juxtaposed with the bright, rich blues and greens of the outdoor world in Min's velvety soft and textured illustrations. Willow's journey on an enormous, splendid, glowing pink-and-yellow bird steals the show, even if a gust of wind stalls her plans. Willow, a lovable protagonist, is consistently outlined in scarlet red to set off her white fur from the rest of the action, the vivid color doubling as a reminder of the excitement she feels at undertaking a risky, frightening ­journey--all in the name of compassion.


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