Spring conjures up many images for me. And while chocolate bunnies are my favorite type of rabbit these books about bunnies are a close second! These aren’t Easter books, though. I will do a post devoted to those in the coming weeks and check out our previous Bunny book reviews.
White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker is a classic in my mind and if you have never read it you must. This is a brilliant book and lesson about color mixing. It’s not a complicated story at all! The cover illustration of the bunny in the paint always makes me think of dying Easter eggs. Which happens to be another great opportunity to teach about color mixing. Kids love this book and adults reading it will enjoy the fun and dynamic language used to describe the vibrant colors that the bunny plunges into.
Thunder Bunny by Barbara Helen Berger was a big hit with my son although I think I over analyzed it or maybe just didn’t get it. I kept trying to turn it into a metaphor and really the only way to look at it and its magical illustrations is how my son did with wide eyes and acceptance. Thunder Bunny is different but magnificent kinda like this book. The text is melodic and the illustrations will keep the interest of a wide range of ages.
Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night by Carol Roth is a sweet story of an only child bunny who wants to share a room and go to sleep with someone else. He ventures out to a series of friend’s houses before eventually realizing that maybe sleeping alone in his own bed is what he really wants. My son loved it! He thought the skunk who sprayed by accident promoting the bunny to leave was hilarious. Then suggested that bunny should just climb into his mom’s bed. I like it because the bunny learns that he isn’t missing out on anything by not having someone to share a bedroom with. That he has the perfect spot for him after all.
Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russel is a calm, beautiful book about two rabbits who find each other and become great friends even though they are from different places. White Rabbit is a city rabbit and loves her urban home but is called away by the longing for company. She finds it in a park with Brown Rabbit who is wonderful and plays beautiful music. There is just one glitch White Rabbit misses the city. I loved this book, my son liked it too but it almost made me cry. My husband and I are from different countries and long distance relationships are so hard. I wanted to jump in the book and tell White Rabbit that.
I had to restrain myself from saying “The pressure will be too much, the limited time will make them argue and fight”. When my son pointed out that I shouldn’t be sad that White Rabbit leaves the park and goes home because he comes for a visit in the end. But if ever I projected my on experience onto a book it was this, wow. It really is a sweet tale about friends who can be friends despite physical distance. Oh, and the illustrations, they are the very definition of springtime. Lovely.
A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo is a nice book about two bunnies that don’t fit in at school. This book opened a good dialogue between my son and I as we were reading about how both the tallest and the shortest bunny in the class got picked on. The students in their class were mean but not purposefully bullying, they excluded these bunnies because they simply didn’t fit. The part that hit me the most was when the teacher lined the kids up by height. Amelia, as the tall bunny was always last. It just made me think of how adults so often single kids out without trying to be terrible. But really hurting them. All that aside, the book itself comes to a nice conclusion. I think it’s worth grabbing for any child tall or short or in between.
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