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Book 1 in the Geraldine Woolkins Series.

Young Geraldine longs to have adventures as thrilling as those in the Book of Tales, the book her papa reads to her and her brother Button at night. More than that, she wants to be brave--a seemingly impossible task in a world where ravens throw black shadows over the earth and wolves prowl barren lands in search of their prey. But Geraldine is a mouse. The weakest of ground things. Why was she, who wants so much to be brave, created by God to be small and quivering?

The book’s ten stories follow the Woolkins family—Papa, Mama, Geraldine, and Button—from October to December, as they face their rather human trials and tribulations and Geraldine struggles to understand Very Very Big Hands, the creator of all, including ravens and wolves.

Suitable for readers of most ages. Parents will want to read the book to younger children, preferably after making them a cup of cocoa.

Books in the Series:

  • Book 1: The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins
  • Book 2: More Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins
  • Book 3: Springtime with Geraldine

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"It''s the type of book the reader soon considers to be a classic; it''s that good."  --Lisa''s Kids'' Book Reviews

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Tina Lemke
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Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017
Ok. I am 51 yrs old, and don''t know what possessed me to purchase this book. That being said, what a lovely treasure I have discovered! I fell completely head over heals for these characters! Brilliant writing! I could picture the characters and the scenery perfectly... See more
Ok. I am 51 yrs old, and don''t know what possessed me to purchase this book. That being said, what a lovely treasure I have discovered! I fell completely head over heals for these characters! Brilliant writing! I could picture the characters and the scenery perfectly in my head. I could also hear the tone of their voices, and the sounds in the hollow and the woods. I could even feel the temperature and smell the food, etc. Very touching stories. I can''t wait for grandchildren! I''m even thinking of creating felt characters to go along with the book! Delightful doesn''t begin to describe this book! (Due to it''s realistic content, it is not really appropriate for toddlers. There are some suspenseful moments.)
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Steffi
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Not recommended for ages 4 - 6
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020
I get it. People are excited about this book because it subtly teaches Christian values and has a strong female lead. I ordered this book for my children (ages 7 and 5) after reading the excellent reviews. However, as a librarian and former ESL teacher, I frankly was... See more
I get it. People are excited about this book because it subtly teaches Christian values and has a strong female lead. I ordered this book for my children (ages 7 and 5) after reading the excellent reviews. However, as a librarian and former ESL teacher, I frankly was surprised at the high level of language and abstract concepts in a book that is supposedly good to read aloud young children. Caveat: we got through only the first third of the book.

1) The dialogue shifts back and forth. Such changes are hard to read aloud. How many different character voices do I have to imitate so that my kids know who is talking?

2) Locations and characters are often referred to in phrases to reflect the perception of a mouse. For example, a house is a "big rock," a person is called "Hands." My kids had no idea what "Big Hands" was when it was talked about for the first 15 pages, and looked confused even after I tried to explain it.

3) Only a few pages in, the story has a story within a story which keeps getting interrupted (the mouse father tells his children a moral story). Again, confusing to read aloud. My kids were lost.

4) Vocabulary choice is unnecessarily complex. I say this even though I do have the opinion that children should have some challenging vocabulary in their books. For example, within one page, we have the following words: burlap, downy, hinted, punctuated, glimpse, furtive, cedar, temptation, chestnut (p. 48). Reading gets bogged down when my kids keep asking what words mean.

The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins suffers from having excellent ideas with a poor execution for the interest age group. The story is written in a way that children age 8+ could understand... but that doesn''t seem to be the target audience for a story about a young mouse in a forest.
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Laurel
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Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2015
**Below is a review was written by my daughter, who is eleven, an avid reader, and has a mind of her own. I would only add that this is a clever and sweet book you can feel good about sharing (and have fun reading) with anyone, big or little.** Geraldine Woolkins... See more
**Below is a review was written by my daughter, who is eleven, an avid reader, and has a mind of her own. I would only add that this is a clever and sweet book you can feel good about sharing (and have fun reading) with anyone, big or little.**

Geraldine Woolkins kept me on my toes and I loved every minute of it. It’s about a mouse who dreams of adventure and tries to come closer to God. I loved how she was a new mouse and didn’t know very much. The relationship between her and her brother reminded me of mine with my brother. He was annoying and she wanted to seem smarter than him, but she realized that he was more loving and kind than she expected. I recommend it for kids who are adventure seekers, animal lovers, and adults, basically anyone of any age.
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TINY BUT FEARLESS
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2017
A delightful chapter book consisting of ten stories that revolve around a fearless family of mice facing the dangers and challenges of winter. Geraldine is the protagonist who was born in April, but now in October is facing the end of the gathering season. She and her... See more
A delightful chapter book consisting of ten stories that revolve around a fearless family of mice facing the dangers and challenges of winter. Geraldine is the protagonist who was born in April, but now in October is facing the end of the gathering season. She and her brother Nigel have much to learn and experience. Readers are introduced to their friends in the forest, Penelope, the sparrow and Cheddar, a white rabbit. The children love to hear their father Nigel read to them stories from the Book of Tales. These adventures teach them about common sense, trust, gratitude, empathy and sharing. As October wanes, the family and friends celebrate Thanksgiving and the joys of Christmas. On the other hand, the children''s curiosity put them in danger of being eaten by wolves and ravens, swept down the river on a log and being destroyed by a forest fire. Charlotte is a sensitive and inquisitive mouse who desires to read, write and explore the world around her. She and her brother share sibling rivalry, but at the same time deeply love and care for one another. Their parents teach them to have faith that Very, Very Big Hands will be there to guide and protect them.

This chapter book is geared toward readers in grades three to six. Some younger children may enjoy individual stories as a read aloud. There are no illustrations; a few simple drawings would add appeal to younger children. I would thoroughly recommend the book as a gentle, sweet read for children who love animals. The many lessons learned and bravery in facing adversity allow for lots of discussion on the topics of developing strong character and interpersonal skills.
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The innocence of Fieval in an American Tail, and the earnesty of Secret of Nigmh
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
This was a great book! I needed to entertain my 4yo daughter one afternoon, and started reading Geraldine Woolkins to her. Right away I was captivated.  I believe we can agree that there is always a larger force in the universe at work. Call it Buddha, Karma,... See more
This was a great book! I needed to entertain my 4yo daughter one afternoon, and started reading Geraldine Woolkins to her. Right away I was captivated. 

I believe we can agree that there is always a larger force in the universe at work. Call it Buddha, Karma, Fate; I''m good with whatever your persuasion is.
But for the purposes of this review, I''m going to call that larger force "God". 

The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins is the tale of a young mouse just beginning to learn about her world. And through the very human trials she and her family face, we come to know Very Very Big Hands (aka God). Geraldine, like us, often struggles to understand how amazing things can happen in our lives, and yet horrible things happen too. Why would such a powerful force allow those things?
"Don''t you see me, God? Don''t you hear me?" we cry in our darkest moments. But sometimes we must find our own way back in order to grow and understand.

What I really loved about this book was the way the author showed how God takes us all into consideration, even the tiniest mouse. I think that is pretty profound in the scope of things. One of the quotes from the book that helped put this thought into perspective was Geraldine observing her father giving thanks for a branch falling in front of their house (it serves a purpose in the book).
"A branch was such a small thing. And now it was a ground thing, too. A small dead branch, forever on the ground. And Papa thought it worthy of thanks."

Another theme the author explored that I''m a big fan of (and also explored in my own book, A Piece of Sky) was bravery is not the lack of fear, but how you react in the midst of it. What you do when presented with opportunity, no matter how frightening, can change your life.

My only complaint was that Geraldine''s mother got on my nerves at times, but I chalk that up to being a mom who is more off-hands with her parenting. I think I''m more like Geraldine''s father, who mostly was "You''re having an adventure!"
Yes, there are sad parts in our own adventures, but there are grand and joyful ones too. Make your adventure a great one!

"God sees you, Geraldine."
And I hope the rest of the world will, too. Because I want a sequel!
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Gerardo
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Exceptional book
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2020
We enjoyed this book and the sequel. We are eagerly waiting for the third book! Here’s my wife’s review: I recommend Geraldine Woolkins books because, even though God is everywhere, kids rarely meet Him in children books and this adventure book is a... See more
We enjoyed this book and the sequel. We are eagerly waiting for the third book!

Here’s my wife’s review:

I recommend Geraldine Woolkins books because, even though God is everywhere, kids rarely meet Him in children books and this adventure book is a beautiful exception that every child should read.
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MpAiNt
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Choppy
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
I got this book for a 5 year old who likes chaper books about animals. It reads a little too choppy for me. The thoughts and character dialogue bounce around too much and my daughter finds it distracting (as do I). Granted, we didn''t get through the... See more
I got this book for a 5 year old who likes chaper books about animals.

It reads a little too choppy for me. The thoughts and character dialogue bounce around too much and my daughter finds it distracting (as do I).

Granted, we didn''t get through the book. We got through the first two chapters, but we just haven''t gone back.

I really wanted to enjoy reading this book to my child but I think we need something a little bit more fluid. There are some good stories about animals, but the way the characters describe things leaves you actually wondering what they''re talking about because they are described from the character''s point of view. (In one of the stories they''re talking about a big rock and it isn''t until you read several pages through that you realize this big rock is actually a human house.) So, if I find it a bit distracting myself it is much too distracting for young child.

We have been reading the Animal Stories series books by Kincaid and nothing so far has come close to this wonderful series. Much better books.
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Glenda
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Tell Your Children About Very, Very Big Hands Who Keeps Children Safe!
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2015
We''re going to meet the Woolkins family and many other creatures who live in the woods... Most of us remember the song about the indoor mice who ran up the clock and got scared when the clock''s loud Bong rang! But living in the woods is much more dangerous...the Woolkins... See more
We''re going to meet the Woolkins family and many other creatures who live in the woods... Most of us remember the song about the indoor mice who ran up the clock and got scared when the clock''s loud Bong rang! But living in the woods is much more dangerous...the Woolkins family calls them Adventures! Interestingly, this book has both adventures actually happening to the Woolkins family and they also read from the Book of Tales, which has been in their family for many years. Think of this book something like a book of fairy tales, but with actual action stories added as they happen. There are 143 pages in this book, so you can plan on reading a story at bed time when your children are younger. And then they can read the whole book as they grow older.

It is Christian-oriented, but God is represented by The very, very big hands which is an easy way to begin to teach children, don''t you think?

Geraldine is the main character--her family of mother and father and a brother named Button. Both parents are constantly involved with teaching their children since this is their first year and have much to learn. Geraldine has already started to enjoy her father''s reading stories from a very large book. Today''s selection is "The Miracle of the Shrouded Pepper Plant." Already Geraldine is wanting to learn to read herself but is told that will come...in time...

Geraldine and Button are encouraged to go outside and play, but they also help with gathering food for the winter. Acorns, berries and many other supplies are gathered by every member of the family and maintained in an underground storage area. Although they are ground animals, Geraldine, who is a new mouse, has bird friends and the family has even made friends with a fox named Quinton, a rabbit who has lost his way from his parents so is living nearby the Woolkins family and a lovely elder mouse who visits with them as often as she can. Readers get to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas with the family!

Button was becoming very brave, wanting to do new things, while Geraldine was beginning to see that adventure always ended in some kind of peril
But then she saw the beautiful snow for the first time and even was willing to learn how to go sledding with Button...but there was always danger as well... Can you image having to run away from large Ravens who could see you dark against the white snow?! But you know what, little by little Geraldine realized that she could think through what to do, and she could ask Very, Very Big Hands, no matter where she was and learn to depend on Him. After all, He had send her friends when she was in trouble and quickly learned to trust! But she still didn''t understand what her father meant when he told her she had gotten herself into a pickle!

I really enjoyed viewing the world from a mouse''s viewpoint! You know, having a chance to speak directly to Very, Very Big Hands is a wonderful way to be!

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Yvonne Lee
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Totally Delightful.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2015
What a totally charming story, I loved it. Perfect for young and old alike...gentle yet exciting. It is so descriptive! So much so, I wanted to be in the Woolkins little house; curled up in front of their pine cone fire, enjoying mama Woolkins homemade soup. This is a...See more
What a totally charming story, I loved it. Perfect for young and old alike...gentle yet exciting. It is so descriptive! So much so, I wanted to be in the Woolkins little house; curled up in front of their pine cone fire, enjoying mama Woolkins homemade soup. This is a delightful story, filled with life lessons. Perfect to read to a little one at bedtime. I would love to read it to my grandson when he''s older. I can see this becoming a school favourite, a great story to read to a class of children. And a great book for any school library. The cover is adorable, and expresses the story perfectly. What can I say, I loved it!!
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Christina Ash
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Best Book I’ve read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2020
What a wonderful book! I was trying to find suitable books for my 7 year old daughter and came across this. As soon as she finished this book, we bought the second book which was also fantastic. Thank you to the author for these treasures, we highly recommend them. We are...See more
What a wonderful book! I was trying to find suitable books for my 7 year old daughter and came across this. As soon as she finished this book, we bought the second book which was also fantastic. Thank you to the author for these treasures, we highly recommend them. We are also going to buy the audio so we can listen to it in the car on long drives. Thank you.
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Jane Morris
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Wonderful stories to read at bedtime, whatever your age.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2020
This is the sequel (on picture) and both of these Geraldine Woolkins books are wonderful. I read them in bed before I go to sleep and find them both peaceful and encouraging. I use them, as I said, for bedtime stories and I''m 65! They are wonderful for children too. My copy...See more
This is the sequel (on picture) and both of these Geraldine Woolkins books are wonderful. I read them in bed before I go to sleep and find them both peaceful and encouraging. I use them, as I said, for bedtime stories and I''m 65! They are wonderful for children too. My copy of More Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins is illustrated too. Really look forward to reading the new book when it comes out.
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Gwyn
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Utterly delightful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2018
This is the sweetest story I have read in a long time! Thank you for writing with such beautiful poignancy.
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Great for kids
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 5, 2015
Lovely story. The illustrations are really beautiful, well thought out.
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