There are two very short stories here. Each will leave you with the question “What did I just read?” The first story has the same name as the title of the two story collection If You Go Into The Woods. Jiri has a very lonely childhood. His father has moved too far away for frequent visits. His stay-at-home mother cries all the time and Jiri doesn’t know why. So Jiri goes into the woods a lot to play. The trees have birds that chirp all the time. Jiri cannot see them, so he wants to climb the trees and see what creates the noise. And one day, he can climb a tree due to the mysterious appearance of a ladder. And his wish is fulfilled; he gets to see and hear birds, even gets to touch one. And the bird gives Jiri a dark, vague, possibly terrifying message.