Bear and Hare, Where’s Bear?
by Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014
Bear and Hare play hide and seek, but bear isn’t so good at the hiding part, and Hare is great at the finding part. So Hare hides. But bear isn’t so good at the seeking part either and, looking for Hare, he crawls under a blanket. Readers can see it’s the same blanket under which Hare is hiding. Neither Bear nor Hare knows the other is also under the same blanket. Humor the youngest can shout out warning the characters. Find out how Bear and Hare finally find each other. This book has thick, heavy pages great to feel and hold up to a young one’s turning. The extra bonus to Bear & Hare is that Hare counts to ten three times, introducing the youngest to numbers and counting.
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Tiny Rabbit’s Big Wish
by Margarita Engle, illustrated by David Walker
Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2014
A tiny rabbit shares the dreams of the small child, of growing bigger. Author Margarita Engle captures, in a poetic voice, a small child’s frustration of thinking, wishing and dreaming of growing bigger, “but he grew only to the height of a slightly taller small rabbit.” And illustrator David Walker portrays the innocence of the very youngest in colorful, simple illustrations. But there are some times when the tiny rabbit is “ENORMOUSLY” happy he is small.
Playful, full of innocence, a heartfelt book for some children’s very biggest concern; a delight to read.
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Tags: Margarita Engle, David Walker, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, picture book, rabbit, being small
When the World Is Ready for Bed
By Gillian Shields, illustrated by Anna Currey
This book/board book is a quiet, rhyming bedtime story. We follow a family of three young bunnies as they come in from play. They eat supper, clean up their toys and talk together with their mother about their day. They wash their teeth and prepare for bed, listen to a story, and say their prayers. They gaze out the window at the shining star that will guard them through the night and go to bed to sleep. They are left to dream and look forward to the next day. Illustrated in lovely watercolors this charming tale will send a child gently off to dreamland.
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Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present
by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
A classic story of a young girl who wants to get the perfect gift for her mother, but doesn’t know what to get her.
She meets Mr. Rabbit and they quietly walk through the woods discussing what would make a perfect gift. They discuss colors and items that are those colors and how they would appeal to her mother. A quiet, lovely story that addresses a small child’s major concern. I sometimes read this book when I need a soothing read, it’s so gentle and loving.
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