Chirri & Chirra, in the Tall Grass

Kaya Doi, trans. from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $15.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-59270-225-1
The identical-looking girls from 2016’s Chirri & Chirra are back, riding their bicycles (“Dring-dring, dring-dring!”) into the tall grass of a nearby meadow, and emerging much smaller than before. This new perspective allows an up-close view of the lives of small creatures who they follow home: bees offer the girls freshly baked “honey sponge cake balls wrapped in flower petals” and, later, they cook up fluorite candies with a lizard. The language is straightforward, but Doi’s gauzy images revel in the details described. It’s a delicious vision of the rewards of curiosity, exploration, and having the freedom to chase adventures wherever they lead. Ages 2–8. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/29/2017
Release date: 04/01/2017
Genre: Children's
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