Big Bunny

Big Bunny

by Colleen Rand, Betseygail Rand
     
 

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At first Big Bunny loves being big, taking the other little Easter bunnies for rides on her back throughout the countryside. When she accidentally breaks some of the Easter eggs she is helping decorate, she begins to feel clumsy and frustrated by her tremendous size. Happily, her little bunny friends show her how to help with their Easter tasks in a way only she

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At first Big Bunny loves being big, taking the other little Easter bunnies for rides on her back throughout the countryside. When she accidentally breaks some of the Easter eggs she is helping decorate, she begins to feel clumsy and frustrated by her tremendous size. Happily, her little bunny friends show her how to help with their Easter tasks in a way only she can. Young readers will relate to Big Bunny's feelings of being left out, and they will cheer as she and her friends join together in their Easter bunny circle.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—An odd little book about a bunny. "She is born in the spring along with all the other Easter bunnies." She grows to enormous proportions and finds herself unable to paint eggs and weave baskets like her peers and runs away. The other bunnies miss her, "form a bunny circle," and go find her. Ultimately, they make an enormous basket, she carries it, and them, and the eggs are delivered. The text is minimalistic, with one to two sentences per page, and reads smoothly, despite being a bit stiff and formal in tone. The mystical circle and magical growth of the big bunny feel out of place in what is otherwise a standard story of overcoming differences, and, of course, Easter egg deliveries. The illustrations, which have a naïve, almost woodblock or stenciled feel to them, are appealing. The backgrounds are a stark white, and the animals have dot eyes but no noses or mouths. Their bodies are long and rounded with limbs that are barely distinguishable. While in no way outstanding, this story is an acceptable addition for libraries in need of more Easter books.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Publishers Weekly
Although Big Bunny was "born in the spring along with all the other Easter Bunnies," she grows to a gigantic size and accidentally breaks Easter eggs and baskets. Far from ostracizing her, the other little bunnies gather together to find Big Bunny when she runs away, and their plan to include Big Bunny in their Easter egg–delivery provides a satisfying ending. Flat, earth-toned areas of color, repeating forms, and decorative outlines result in compositions that unexpectedly recall Hopi art. Rand's pictures portray a world removed from modernity and close to nature; an original and rewarding Easter tale. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Easter bunnies are born in the spring and grow together. One grows bigger than the others. She likes being big until she breaks eggs while learning to paint them and sits on baskets. She goes off and is lonely. The other bunnies form a Bunny Circle under the moon where: "Their ears touch and noses twitch, and they know what to do." They then search and find Big Bunny. They form another weird Bunny Circle under the stars. Then Big Bunny knows what to do and comes back. The bunnies make a big basket for Big Bunny's back, fill it with eggs, and climb in to distribute Easter eggs in the night. Children find them in the morning. The bunnies snuggle next to Big Bunny and sleep. The colored illustrations are stylized. This seemingly simple story of bunny circles in the moonlight insinuates a sense of Celtic magic into the celebration of Easter. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Kirkus Reviews
It's hard to come up with a new and meaningful story about the Easter Bunny, but this thoughtful, understated book with intriguing, minimalist illustrations provides both an interesting Easter Bunny tale and a quiet message about helping someone who is different. In this story, there are many rabbits that paint eggs, weave baskets and deliver the treats on Easter. Most of the rabbits are the standard small size, but one rabbit inexplicably grows to a huge size, larger than a house. She is too big to help with the eggs and baskets, so she sadly goes away. The little bunnies bring her back and work together to weave a huge basket with a belt for Big Bunny. On Easter all the little bunnies ride inside the huge basket with the filled Easter baskets as Big Bunny bounds all over the world to make deliveries. One concluding page shows several children of different races enjoying their baskets, and the final page shows the little bunnies curled up asleep against Big Bunny, tired after their marathon delivery session. The unusual illustrations use simple, stylized shapes against white backgrounds with bold colors and a minimum of detail. The style is suggestive of Southwestern Native American art with flattened perspective and geometric lines. This unpretentious effort by a mother-and-daughter team is quietly powerful and can be enjoyed at any time of year.(Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582463865
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

BETSEYGAIL RAND is a professor of mathematics at Texas Lutheran University. Betseygail lives with her husband, daughter, and two cats. In her free time, she plays soccer, writes and records songs, and talks on the phone with her mother, Colleen.

COLLEEN RAND's artwork has appeared on magazine covers and book jackets, and is in public and private collections nationwide. She is the production photographer for a professional dance company and also runs a weekly life drawing class. She lives with her husband, cat, and dog.

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