One summer day a bunny hops out of the woods and into a garden. “What a wonderful garden someone has made just for me,” she thinks. All summer she feasts there. In the fall, she hides from the mean old cat behind big orange pumpkins. Then, just before the snows of winter, another bunny hops into her garden. Now during the cold winter, she has a friend. And when the first flowers of spring pop up in the garden, the two bunnies are there–and so are their three little baby bunnies!...
One summer day a bunny hops out of the woods and into a garden. “What a wonderful garden someone has made just for me,” she thinks. All summer she feasts there. In the fall, she hides from the mean old cat behind big orange pumpkins. Then, just before the snows of winter, another bunny hops into her garden. Now during the cold winter, she has a friend. And when the first flowers of spring pop up in the garden, the two bunnies are there–and so are their three little baby bunnies!
This gentle story with vibrant watercolor paintings captures the essence of the four seasons.
From the Hardcover edition.
A little brown bunny enjoys visiting a garden from summer to spring, especially when a gray bunny shares the fun.
With simple prose and spare watercolors, this small-size picture book (in the same format of Schulman and So's Countdown to Spring!) describes the seasonal life cycle of "a little brown bunny rabbit [who hops] out of the woods and into a garden." Schulman's language is economical and straightforward as she describes the delight the brown bunny takes in the garden's summer strawberries and marvels at the flowers. By winter, the bunny has "found a friend" to snuggle with in the snow, and by spring, they bring three new baby bunnies to the garden. A slinking elderly cat provides a non-scary chase now and then, but in Schulman's gentle world there are no marauding owls, no Mr. McGregor. The emphasis is on peace and tranquility, and the sweet bunny even takes time to smell the flowers. So's enchanting illustrations seem a bit cramped on these petite pages, but the paintings accentuate the glories to be found in each season. Bright-red poppies dot a sea of wildflowers, yellow maple leaves swirl around orange pumpkins, and the dancing rabbits create circular patterns in the white snow. "What a wonderful garden someone has made just for me," thinks the brown bunny, and readers who are just developing an appreciation for nature's beauty will agree. Ages 2-6. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
A little brown bunny hops into a summer garden and into our story, enjoying the bounty and beauty of the season. The bunny grows as fall arrives with its harvest. By the tool shed she meets a gray bunny. As winter comes, the friends burrow together in the woods and enjoy playing in the moonlit winter night. Spring brings the promise of tasty plants growing in the new warmth for the three baby bunnies that join the brown and gray in looking forward to the return of the joy of summer. The book, small in scale and design, is a simple but lyrical celebration of the seasons. So are the deft, delicate watercolors in white space, filled with action and feeling, which are worth the price of admission. We care about these bunnies. No mention is made of the origin of the baby bunnies, however. 2003, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children's Books,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-As each season approaches, a brown bunny explores new joys and delights in a garden. Strawberries are a special spring treat and summer brings the wonders of yellow beans. Days shorten and fall arrives, but the bunny still finds tasty radishes and parsnip tops. As her fur grows thicker, she takes to hiding behind the pumpkins, and meets a gray bunny near the toolshed. They immediately bond, playing together and snuggling through the winter, becoming good friends, though their only food is bark from the smallest trees. Then spring arrives again, and the brown bunny shares her crocuses with the gray bunny and their three little bunnies, who wonder if they will ever experience anything as tasty as the spring daffodil and tulip leaves. Their mother assures them that things get better and better. This is a delightful educational story, so simple and subtle, yet effective. The colorful but gentle watercolor illustrations are as lovely as this understated story. A charming picture book to share year-round.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Brilliant watercolors bounce off the page in this charming romp through the seasons. Happy yellows, pinks, greens, and blues pop against bright white backgrounds as readers follow a little brown bunny’s life over a year. The bunny lives near a garden that, aside from a nuisance of an old cat, is portrayed as a miniature Eden. She gorges on the summer harvest, hops among the fall pumpkins, and finds a bunny friend to hibernate with in the winter. So’s (The White Swan Express, p. 1397, etc.) minimal style and delicate hand create a lush environment while picturing just enough for the reader to focus on. Delicate dabs of pink and brown make a bunny’s face that actually seems to twitch and nibble on the page as a few soft brushstrokes of red and green create a juicy strawberry patch. Shulman’s (Countdown to Spring, 2002, etc.) sweet, maternal, though somewhat unimaginative, language lets the artwork have the spotlight, while providing a comforting, well-paced narrative. The content never becomes weighed down with its seasonal curriculum and the compact trim size fits the story’s light mood. To lighten moods even more, in the garden during the following spring "the brown bunny returned. The gray bunny came too. And guess what came with them? Their three new little bunnies!" In an increasingly complicated world, the simple joy projected here goes down easy. (Picture book. 2-5)
Janet Schulman and Meilo So collaborated on a companion to A Bunny for All Seasons, entitled Countdown to Spring!, which The New York Times praised as “a pretty little book to read and discuss with toddlers.”