Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books (January 2011); ISBN 9780062006424; 40 pages
Book Source: F & G provided by publisher
Hippity-hoppity! An inquisitive little white rabbit hops around the forest one gorgeous spring day and wonders about all sorts of things. What would it be like to be green, or tall, or not be able to move at all? The rabbit imagines all sorts of scenarios until he hops past a cat. Scared, he heads straight home. Back safe and sound, he knows there's one thing he never has to wonder about. LOVE! ♥ He knows without question that he is loved!
With so many books about bunnies already in print, it's hard to believe that Henkes' new book could stand out. But it does. His simple story stirs the imagination, and the adorable little bunny practically bounces off the page with a fluffy cuteness kids will adore. The colorful springtime illustrations of flowers, green grass, lush trees and colorful butterflies exude happiness and help melt away the winter blues. I wonder if it is a coincidence that Henkes chose to illustrate his rabbit under a green Willow tree for the cover picture? A tribute to his publisher, perhaps?
The text along with the vivid illustrations provide food for thought and help facilitate discussion. What do you wonder about? My daughter said she wonders what it would be like to be a cat. She also loves when the rabbit "wondered what it would be like to flutter through the air" and thinks it would be fun to fly with the butterflies like the rabbit. The book is short enough to keep a toddler's attention and beginning readers will find plenty to love about the story, too, including a repetitive, easy to read text.
Little White Rabbit is such a sweet story for both kids and parents. The image of parent and little bunny touching noses is so very heartwarming, it makes me want to give both my kids a great big hug and let them know how much they are loved as well! (Note to Easter Bunny - This book belongs in all Easter baskets this spring! And, with a loving message, it would also make a perfect Valentine's Day gift.)
Kevin Henkes Website
Little White Rabbit Activities and Teaching Guide [pdf]
Under the Green Willow: "From the Studio, Kevin Henkes"
Happy Chinese New Year! Did you know that 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit? Here's a fun rabbit craft:
ART with Mrs. Smith blog has a cute template for a foldable bunny card. This template is the perfect art tie-in for Little White Rabbit. My kids loved folding their own 3D "little white rabbits" and had a great time making their rabbits hop around the house. While we didn't decorate the rabbits this time (the kids wanted them white), you could easily make and decorate cute Valentine's Day or Easter Cards (or celebrate the Year of the Rabbit) using this bunny template.
My son later decided that his white rabbit was wondering what it would be like to be a superhero. We found his rabbit a super hero cape in our doll clothes box. Up, up and away, little white rabbit!
A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Add your kids craft post to the Kid's Get Crafty linky at Red Ted Art's Blog. Join in Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word. Show off your ideas at ABC & 123 Show and Tell. Find more great book tie-ins at JDaniel4's Mom Read, Explore, Learn link-up.
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