“People are short-sighted. So, we must trust the trees.”
Author: Johanna Venho
Illustrator: Sanna Pelliccioni
Finnish original: Metsämuistikirja
Publisher: Teos Publishers, 2022
Genre: children’s illustrated fiction
Number of pages: 40 pp.
Reading material: Finnish original, English translation
Spruce has a journal where she draws and writes about things that come to mind while she’s in the forest. She recognizes the secrets of the forest better than anyone else.
She finds trees leaning against each other, bird’s nests, and caterpillar trails. Beneath the roots lies an elf door. She has seen a forest troll, a falcon, and a fawn. Spruce has saved all of her reflections, and the leaves she’s collected, in her field notebook.
Soon men wearing overalls and carrying measuring sticks start to appear in the forest. Her brother, Saku, tells her the area has been zoned. Machines drive into the forest and leave stumps and deep ruts behind.
Spruce decides to fight back, and she starts by tying notes to
trees with twine. It’s a kind of protest.
That’s when she meets a boy with green eyes and twigs in his hair. He teaches Spruce something about the forest she never anticipated. She records all of it in her field notebook.
Forest Field Notes is a tender, magical story of the forest and the imagination that can be awakened by nature. The book about the importance of nature in our own surroundings will gain a companion, Travel Field Notes, when it’s published in 2023. This new addition will guide readers on a rail journey to protect the environment.
Travel Field Notes (Matkamuistikirja, 2023)