Additionally, Winnie's mother and grandmother view their home as a place of safety and well-being. When Winnie is playing outside in chapter 3, talking to a nearby toad, her mother calls out to her, "Come in now, Winnie. Right away. You'll get heat stroke out there on a day like this" (14).
Her mother and grandmother are not only worried that Winnie might get dirty playing outside, but they are also worried that she might get ill from the heat.
Soon after, in chapter 4, Winnie talks to a stranger described as the man in the yellow suit. Winnie is pleasant while conversing with this man and answering his questions. After, her grandmother overhears her talking to him, a stranger, and she comes outside to see what is happening. She shows signs of being worried about this man's presence. The book describes how she "squinted suspiciously" at him (19). Overall, she seems concerned for the safety of her granddaughter as she questions him: "We haven't met, that I can recall. Who are you? Who are you looking for?" (20). He, in turn, asks the grandmother questions about how long they had lived in their home and who the family knows in the neighborhood. She responds, with distrust, "I don't know everyone . . . And I don't stand outside in the dark discussing such a thing with strangers."
Later, after hearing some peculiar music coming from the woods and suggesting that the sound came from elves, the grandmother leads Winnie back inside the house, which she views as a place of safety:
"She shook the gate latch under his nose, to make sure it was locked, and then, taking Winnie by the hand once more, she marched up the path into the cottage, shutting the door firmly behind her" (21).
While Winnie feels trapped and restricted by the walls of her house and the fence around her yard, her mother and grandmother view their home as a place of safety and well-being.
The man in the yellow suit ultimately uses the family's concern for Winnie's safety to gain ownership of the Foster's woods. He tells Winnie's family, "Why, the little girl and I, we're friends already. It would be a great relief to see her safely home again, wouldn't it? . . . Dreadful thing, kidnapping" (74). He knows that they want Winnie returned to her safe home and that they would be willing to sacrifice almost anything to get her back with them. The Foster family views the home as a place of safety and the woods and places beyond the home as places of unknown dangers.