"Quiet Bunny loves springtime in the forest. He loves the warm sun on his soft little nose. He loves the tickly new grass between his toes. Most of all, he loves the beautiful colors."
Quiet Bunny's Many Colors by Lisa McCue. Sterling (March 2011); ISBN 9781402772092; 32 pages
Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher
As he observes the glorious colors of spring, poor Quiet Bunny wishes his own drab fur displayed such beauty and color. He hops through the forest, and, through a series of humorous events along the way, manages to add a little color to his fur. A few dandelions turn him yellow, with a lily pad covering he's green, a romp in a blueberry patch results in beautiful blue fur, and a clay mud bath turns his coat red. Sadly, the splendid colors don't last. When Quiet Bunny peers into a crystal blue pond all he sees is a plain brown and white bunny. Luckily, Wise Owl steps up and kindly explains to Quiet Bunny that he is beautiful in his own way -- each and every animal contributes to the natural beauty of spring.
Very few artists can capture the glorious colors and sights of nature with such vivid cuteness while bordering on realism. Lisa McCue's color infused illustrations are perfect for children. Nature's colors spring to life! My kids' eyes practically swim in the gorgeous pictures full of tiny details...the hollows in the trees, little bugs on the leaves. Even the text occasionally drips with color. McCue uses several colored onomatopoeic words like "KeRR-SpLashhh" to add expression to her story. Parents and teachers will appreciate that the book quietly and colorfully reinforces the message that every single person, every single animal is beautiful in their own special way. And, make sure to play a little "what is different, what is the same" game with the end pages...such a clever touch by Lisa McCue!
Springtime is full of smells, sounds and vibrant COLORS. Use this book as a springboard to practice color recognition and take time to observe the colors of nature with kids. Pair it with Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean for a splashy, colorful preschool storytime.
Lisa McCue Website
Observe the colors of spring on a nature walk -
My son and I went on a little backyard stroll today and found colors everywhere: the tips of green daffodil leaves emerging from the brown soil, the blue sky dotted with white clouds, a pink dianthus starting to bloom. The natural world is full of colors!
Read and/or write springtime color poems together -
The colors of spring abound in the world of poetry. Search for springtime poems that describe the colors associated with spring, like the one below:
A small green frog
On a big brown log;
A black and yellow bee
In a little green tree;
A red and yellow snake
By a blue-green lake,
All sat and listened
To red bird sing,
"Wake up, everybody,
It's spring! It's spring!"
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*Images used with permission: Art from Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors©2011 by Lisa McCue, Sterling Children’s Books.