Look InsideLanguage Arts Correlations Reader's Theater Ida can't wait to see her grandma's reaction when she shows her the presents she got for her. As Ida takes a short break to rest her legs, she accidentally falls asleep and when she wakes up, Grandma's presents are gone. Sad and angry, Ida searches nearby to find the missing items. When Ida finds each item, she is reprimanded by the tree, rabbit, and wind for being so careless. Ida promises to be more responsible and offers thoughtful presents to the tree, rabbit, and wind for helping her. Social and emotional learning concepts include sharing, thoughtfulness, responsibility and generosity. Book includes a note to caregivers and story coaching activities. A Readers Theater version is available online so that children can benefit from dramatic interpretation.
This translation from the 2008 Korean edition is part of a series designed to “develop self-awareness, responsibility, and positive relationships.” Dressed in red, young Ida travels the forest to bring a box of gifts to her grandmother. The warm shawl, eyeglasses, and family picture Ida has drawn are pilfered in turn by a tree, a rabbit, and a wind, each of whom she convinces to return the item, based on the lack of true use to the thief. In return, Ida creates a picture of the wind’s family, fashions faux eyeglasses for rabbit from the box handle, and gives the tree a cloth grandmother had wrapped around a cake. Lee’s text stacks simple sentences to make for a quick moving plot that allows Kim’s illustrations to fill in details of the fantasy. The delicately lined illustrations combine elements in black, white, and gray with pops of teal, pink, orange, and, of course, Ida’s red. At the close, Grandma’s letter reinforces the lesson, as does a brief sharing song and suggestions for reader’s theater with an online script.
School Library Journal, July 2015