Picture Book Review: Through the Forest

Through the Forest by Yijing Li

Through the Forest
by Yijing Li

3.5 out of 5 stars
A young boy wanders through the forest with an entity called “Emptiness”. Together they find objects that remind the boy of his special memories, and he realizes that his memories will guide him through life. Knowing that his memories are part of who he is, the boy is no longer lost in the forest.

I loved the beautiful illustrations in this book! The art style is soft and whimsical and flowing. It makes you feel that you are floating in the misty world of this little boy’s mind.

The story is very intimate and gentle. We get to hear about the special little things that the boy has experienced with his family like flying a kite, or playing on a harmonica. He has a tie from his grandpa, a piece of a vase that broke when his mother left, and a yellow pinwheel that reminds him of sunny days with his family.

I like the positive message in this book, that as long as you know who you are, you are never really lost. You can always find a path through life with the help of family and friends.

The only thing that I didn’t like was the weird “Emptiness” guy. He looks like some creepy ghost. I think I would have liked the story better if the little boy was just wandering on his own.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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