Ages 4 to 8 years. Based on an ancient French folktale, this enduring story unfolds in a modern-day American vineyard in California. Baby Grapette, a tiny green grape in a little green dress, is thrilled by her surroundings and yearns to see more of the world. She manages to work free of her vine and roll merrily away across the fields, but -- like Curious George -- she is too curious. After encounters with birds, cats, and cows, Grapette decides she has seen enough and is happy to go rollicking back to the love and safety of home. Providing a lesson about the need to control headstrong impulses, the story also celebrates the thrill of independence and the joy of running around outdoors.
Svetlana Konnikova was a writer of award-winning television scripts in the former Soviet Union and was the host of several television shows, including Listen and Learn; Masterpieces of World Literature; and Science and Life. Since moving to the United States in 1989, she has been a teacher of French and Russian. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida. Anatoli Smishliaev is a former animator at Moldova Studio Films in Moldova. He was awarded a Grand Prix at the international Cannes Film Festival for his animated film, Gaidouk. He is the illustrator of more than 150 books.