Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest (Hardcover)

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The children’s picture book, Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest, is a delightful and cozy book to cuddle with your kid this winter. The art is what initially drew me into this book; the colorful illustrations are simple, yet striking. It seems reminiscent of Beatrix Potter’s tales and art. If you love the outdoors, living off the land, and anything to do with nature and living in a cottage in the woods away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, you will absolutely adore this book.

The protagonist, Hazel, is a small witch with a bright red, cone-shaped hat who lives in a forest and tends to herself, the land, and her neighbors. Our story carries us through all the seasons, but starts in spring. The forest is refreshing and the flowers are blooming when she finds a large egg and decides to hatch it within her own home. It hatches into an owlet and she helps raise it, soon finding the bird leaving her home. 

Summer comes a time for her to realize that relaxing and taking time to care for yourself is just as important as getting chores done. Enjoying a raft on the river and the racket of being around friends late into the night. Sometimes when life is getting in the way of us doing things we want done, we need to take a step back and give it sometime before starting at it again. 

When autumn arrives, a strange noise is heard throughout the forest. Many of Hazel’s friends have outlandish ideas of what is causing such a ruckus, which makes the forest folk a little scared as they follow Hazel to the noise. The noise turns out to be a new, lonely neighbor. The friends decide to have a nice evening with their new neighbor and share a soup dinner. 

Hazel starts to tend her neighbors’ and friends' health, being a stand-in doctor for them. As she finishes up helping others, it starts to snow. Believing that she can make it through the storm to home, she makes the trekk. As she is starting to feel lonely and lost, a visit from an old friend helps her make it home. 

The heart of this story is a simplistic, community-oriented life, filled with little adages for everyday life and living. People of all ages will find this book charming and heart-warming. A perfect gift for the person who loves rustic beauty for this holiday season. 

— Samwise McGinn

September/October 2021 Kids Indie Next List

“Four seasonal short stories introduce children to the forest and kindness to their fellow creatures in various ways. Beautiful illustrations accompany lessons about care for all in our world.”
— R. Aimee Chipman, The Bluestocking Bookshop, Holland, MI


An earthy and beautiful collection of four stories that celebrate the seasons, nature, and life, from award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl.

Little Witch Hazel is a tiny witch who lives in the forest, helping creatures big and small. She's a midwife, an intrepid explorer, a hard worker and a kind friend.

In this four-season volume, Little Witch Hazel rescues an orphaned egg, goes sailing on a raft, solves the mystery of a haunted stump and makes house calls to fellow forest dwellers. But when Little Witch Hazel needs help herself, will she get it in time?

Little Witch Hazel is a beautiful ode to nature, friendship, wild things and the seasons that only Phoebe Wahl could create: an instant classic and a book that readers will pore over time and time again.

About the Author

PHOEBE WAHL's work focuses on themes of comfort, nostalgia and intimacy with nature. She grew up unschooled in Washington State, and credits her free spirited childhood in the Northwest for much of her inspiration and work ethic. She works in a variety of mediums, from watercolor and collage to fabric sculpture. Phoebe graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration and currently lives in Bellingham, Washington. She is the award-winning author and illustrator of Sonya's Chickens, Backyard Fairies and The Blue House.

Praise For…

A BookPage "Best Picture Book of 2021"
A Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Younger Readers (2021)
A BookRiot Best Children’s Book of 2021

A Booklist Top of the List Book Pick (2021)
A New York Public Library "Feminist Read for Little Ones"

"The writing is lush and lyrical, and the textured, earth-toned illustrations expertly capture Hazel’s world, both cozy and gloriously wild . . . More Mosswood, please." —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

"A thread of loving and nurturing emerges through this treasury of quiet adventures . . . and readers will find satisfaction in seeing the way [Little Witch Hazel's] sturdy care succors her community and results in gentle reciprocation." —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

"The quiet but insistent rejection of conventional norms is both cheerworthy and effortlessly integrated, and the result is a story that can sit happily next to any classic fairy story as well as contemporary picture books directly addressing physical differences." —STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

"Little Witch Hazel feels like the kind of book every children’s author wishes that they could write, yet so few are capable of creating themselves. . . . In the end, it’s just one of the best books of the year." —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

"These sweet stories are an ode to the calm and peaceful magic of nature. Little Witch Hazel will make you feel as if you have journeyed deep into Mosswood Forest alongside Hazel and her friends." BookPage

"I love this book fiercely. . . . It is such a magnificent book, and I hope we get to read even more one day about this character and her world." 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"The heart of this story is a simplistic, community-oriented life, filled with little adages for everyday life and living. People of all ages will find this book charming and heart-warming." Yakima Herald

"Little Witch Hazel . . . will strike a chord with readers of all ages." CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Product Details
ISBN: 9780735264892
ISBN-10: 0735264899
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: September 21st, 2021
Pages: 96
Language: English