Bunnies on Ice

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When you're a champion ice-skater, you have to wait for the conditions to be just right.

You have to wait through spring.
You have to wait through summer.
You have to wait through autumn until . . .

Finally, as the snow begins to fall, you can show the world just how good you really are!

From Joanna Wright, the author/illustrator of The ...

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Overview

When you're a champion ice-skater, you have to wait for the conditions to be just right.

You have to wait through spring.
You have to wait through summer.
You have to wait through autumn until . . .

Finally, as the snow begins to fall, you can show the world just how good you really are!

From Joanna Wright, the author/illustrator of The Secret Circus and Bandits, comes Bunnies on Ice, one very self-assured young rabbit's first-hand account of the trials and tribulations of being a skating star, with illustrations that will melt your heart on even the coldest winter day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A confident young rabbit announces herself to be a "champion ice-skater," even if Wright's (Bandits) canvas-textured paintings sometimes tell a different story. Low on conflict but filled with atmosphere, Wright's story begins as the rabbit waits "for the conditions to be just right." This takes her through three seasons: her parents tend to the garden in the spring, the family goes swimming in the summer, and autumn means harvest and a pumpkin-headed scarecrow in a tutu. Finally, it's time to skate, and Wright has gentle fun at her heroine's expense. "I have a lot of fans," the girl says as birds crowd trees that flank the frozen pond; some of those same birds help the rabbit "spin faster than anyone," which results in her getting wrapped up like a mummy in her pink scarf. With books and artwork lining the walls and a blazing fireplace for toasting marshmallows, the rabbit family's ?supremely cozy home will be the subject of many readers' envy, and Wright conveys a strong sense of familial togetherness in every scene. Ages 2–6. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Jan.)
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"With books and artwork lining the walls and a blazing fireplace for toasting marshmallows, the rabbit family's supremely cozy home will be the subject of many readers' envy, and Wright conveys a strong sense of familial togetherness in every scene."--Publishers Weekly

"Along with leaving her brushwork visible on heavily textured canvas, Wright uses a palette of harmonious pinks and browns to imbue each scene with an air of comfy domesticity." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Her signature naif, acrylic-on-canvas artwork is the star of the show; warm and inviting, it depicts the bunny family’s cozy tree dwelling and a myriad of wonderful details (a snowman with bunny ears!). Nice for wintertime sharing over a cup of cocoa." -- Booklist

 "This sweet story about a bunny who is determined to follow her dream is a great addition." -- School Library Journal, starred review

 "The full-bleed color-saturated illustrations, with their almost palpable texture, will pull readers in to the bunny’s small world." -- The Horn Book

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
A confident young bunny is skating on a frozen pond in the first scene. Her parents and a younger sibling are nearby. She announces that she is a champion ice skater. The next scene switches to spring weather and shows the parents engaged in gardening while the narrator yearns for snow. She is still waiting in a summer scene while her family members swim in the pond. Next comes harvest time complete with a scarecrow wearing ice skates. Finally the waiting is over and winter arrives. Time for ice skating! The young champion eats a good breakfast and dresses warmly. Her parents, her sibling and a large audience of birds watch her glide onto the ice as she continues her self-assured narrative. In contrast to the text, her fast spin lands her mummy-like on the ice; her figure eights look like scribbles; and a high leap results in another spill. Undaunted, the family returns home to enjoy hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, and a warm bath before resting up for another day of skating. All four bunnies have extra long ears and look so similar that there is no distinction between the mother and the father. The character cooking breakfast looks like a female wearing a dress and an apron, but the text says it is Dad. The narrator is assumed to be a girl because she is dressed in pink. The subtle humor and the lack of character definition may cause confusion for young children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This budding champion (a white snow bunny) loves to ice skate so much that she patiently waits for perfect conditions. When the other bunnies are doing summer things, she is planning what she will do when the snow falls. She proceeds to wait through the fall as she dresses her scarecrow with a pair of skates. Then when the snow arrives and the conditions seem right, she heads for the ice with her family as her support team. She boasts about all the maneuvers she hasn't quite perfected yet, all while proclaiming her champion status. After a rigorous workout of not-so-perfect figure eights and leaps, she rewards herself with après skate indulgences, including hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and a warm bath. After her busy day, this little bunny goes to bed, ready to try again tomorrow. Wright has created a charming and determined character. The youngster's fortitude and enthusiasm are admirable even if she isn't as accomplished as she makes out to be. The dark-outlined illustrations are painted in soft hues. This sweet story about a bunny who is determined to follow her dream is a great addition.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. First, of course, there's the waiting for spring, summer and fall to pass. Once the pond freezes, it's time to whirl, twirl, spin (and take a few falls, but never mind) before an admiring crowd of birds and family members. Afterward, champions will also need hot chocolate, a hot bath and, at bedtime, warm blankets to snuggle beneath. Hurried along by a narrative that often runs to just a line or a few words per spread, the illustrations portray a rabbit family tending a garden, paddling lazily in the pond or gathering in a cozy tree-trunk home through the seasons. They then watch anxiously from the snowy sideline as their "champion" resolutely weaves, glides and crashes on the ice. Along with leaving her brushwork visible on heavily textured canvas, Wright uses a palette of harmonious pinks and browns to imbue each scene with an air of comfy domesticity. The rabbits, however, all look so alike that it's often hard to pick out the narrator, and though the narrator is addressing readers or listeners, neither she nor anyone else ever looks up from their activities to make eye contact. A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596434042
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 970,280
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Johanna Wright spent many years in New York, honing her illustration skills and selling her paintings on the streets of Manhattan. She has now returned to Oregon, where she lives with her husband, a musician, and their daugher Juniper.

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