The Forest by Claire A. Nivola

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Courage takes a mouse on a wonderful journey

I had always been afraid of the forest, that dark and unknown
place at the farthest edge of my little world. At night I often dreamed of it and woke chilled with fear. The fear was there in the day, too, hidden inside me no matter what I did or where I went. One night the fear pressed so heavily on me that I could bear it no longer.

So begins a journey of discovery for a brave little mouse who decides he must leave the safety of home to explore the forest. The world he finds is not at all what he expected.

With luminous illustrations and graceful prose, The Forest broadens the reader’s world, speaking eloquently and reassuringly to every child who has ever felt afraid of the unknown.
 

About Claire A. Nivola

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Claire A. Nivola is the author and illustrator of Elisabeth. She lives in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts.
 
Published May 3, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though the symbolism and level of self-awareness in this brief metaphorical journey will speak more to an adult audience, any reader who has felt fear of the unknown will identify with its solitary narrator.

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"I had always been afraid of the forest, that dark and unknown place at the farthest edge of my little world," begins Nivola's (Elisabeth) tale of a mouse who faces down his fear.

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