Bunny's Noisy Book

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From best-selling author Margaret Wise Brown, comes a wonderfully satisfying board book edition of a beloved story. Brown's lyrical text and gentle question/answer format offer young children plenty of opportunity to chime right in! The sweet characters are brought to life with adorable paintings by best-selling artist Lisa McCue.

A little bunny listens to noises all around him and then makes some of his own.

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Overview

From best-selling author Margaret Wise Brown, comes a wonderfully satisfying board book edition of a beloved story. Brown's lyrical text and gentle question/answer format offer young children plenty of opportunity to chime right in! The sweet characters are brought to life with adorable paintings by best-selling artist Lisa McCue.

A little bunny listens to noises all around him and then makes some of his own.

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Baby Bunny awakes in his cozy cubbyhole, snuggled with his family, and is treated to a whirlwind of sounds from the world around him. We are treated to a delightful board book about discovering the noise of nature. From a previously unpublished manuscript by the renowned Margaret Wise Brown comes this adorable story aimed at the littlest of readers.

Bunny's morning begins with the sounds of fluttering, chirping, and cock-a-doodle-dooing, with all the birds and roosters arising! Bunny decides to explore the world above his hole and hears "bzzzzzzzz." "What was that?" he wonders. Outside he finds two bumblebees atop purple flowers. Bunny decides to make some noise himself and munches away at fresh green lettuce. And then he stretches, yawns, scratches, and sneezes. "What kind of noise was that?" Bunny asks the reader. He frolics thru the grass until the sun sets and the sounds of night become clear -- the strong gusts of the wind and snapping branches under the feet of a fox -- and then the familiar thump of his mama banging her heels on the ground calling him home. He hops into his cubbyhole, curls up with his clan, and happily sighs. His ears take a break, and all that is left is the quiet night.

Gentle text and precious illustrations make this a great choice for young readers. Bunny's sweet expressions, especially when he stretches and yawns, will bring smiles to everyone's face. Luscious colors and plenty of detail fill every page. Bunny's questions to the reader will keep youngsters focused and help them to recognize the sounds of their world. A lovely board book that is great for reading aloud, at bedtime or anytime. (Amy Barkat)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Over the course of a day, Little Bunny puts his long ears to good use and discovers a world full of sounds--birds chirping, bees buzzing--some of them (a sneeze, a stretch) of his own making. Brown's (Goodnight Moon) posthumous text reads more like a draft than a finished product, but there is still plenty here to draw in a young audience: the comforting brevity and gentle rhythm of the prose ("He raised his ears without opening his eyes. He heard all the little quiet noises starting the morning around him"); rhetorical questions after each sound is introduced ("What was that? Yes. It was a bumblebee. Two bumblebees"); and a close-of-day wrap-up that radiates a snugly warmth. McCue (The Perfect Christmas Gift) renders nature in the aesthetic tradition of vintage Golden Books. The colors of nature have a sweet, luminescent quality, like light shining through translucent candy, and the animals' eyes sparkle with vitality. Ages 3-7. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jackie Hechtkopf
From the time little bunny wakes in the morning until the moment he curls back in his nest, he hears sounds. Who makes that bzzzz sound? What kind of noise does a yawn make? Young children will be delighted to discuss and identify each sound in this previously unpublished manuscript by the legendary Margaret Wise Brown. While picture books are often described as a marriage between text and art, few books demonstrate the principle as beautifully as this one. Lisa McCue's illustrations are simply perfection. One can almost feel the soft brown fur of the little bunny's back. Bee wings whirr, and blades of individual grass wave in the meadow. The bunny's expressions when he listens to sounds, and when he yawns are irresistible. Brown's gentle text, as soothing as the classic Goodnight Moon, has been masterfully arranged in pages that invite young children to participate. For example, when the little bunny hears a Cock Cock Cock-a-doodle Doo, the page ends with a question children will be delighted to answer, "What was that?" This is a book children will ask for again and again. In the classroom and at bedtime, this book will be treasured.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786807444
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 229,934
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown
What child hasn’t been lulled to sleep -- or at least comforted -- by the gentle rhymes of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic Goodnight Moon? Brown, a former teacher, believed that very young children could be fascinated in the simple pleasures of the world around them, and created some of the most enduring and beloved children’s books of all time.

Biography

When Margaret Wise Brown began to write for young children, most picture books were written by illustrators, whose training and talents lay mainly in the visual arts. Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was the first picture-book author to achieve recognition as a writer, and the first, according to historian Barbara Bader, "to make the writing of picture books an art."

After graduating college in 1932, Brown's first ambition was to write literature for adults; but when she entered a program for student teachers in New York, she was thrilled by the experience of working with young children, and inspired by the program's progressive leader, the education reformer Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Mitchell held that stories for very young children should be grounded in "the here and now" rather than nonsense or fantasy. For children aged two to five, she thought, real experience was magical enough without embellishments.

Few children's authors had attempted to write specifically for so young an audience, but Brown quickly proved herself gifted at the task. She was appointed editor of a new publishing firm devoted to children's books, where she cultivated promising new writers and illustrators, helped develop innovations like the board book, and became, as her biographer Leonard S. Marcus notes, "one of the central figures of a period now considered the golden age of the American picture book."

Though Brown was intensely interested in modernist writers like Gertrude Stein (whom she persuaded to write a children's book, The World Is Round), it was a medieval ballad that provided the inspiration for The Runaway Bunny (1942), illustrated by Clement Hurd. The Runaway Bunny was Brown's first departure from the here-and-now style of writing, and became one of her most popular books.

Goodnight Moon, another collaboration with Hurd, appeared in 1947. The story of a little rabbit's bedtime ritual, its rhythmic litany of familiar objects placed it somewhere between the nursery rhyme and the here-and-now story. At first it was only moderately successful, but its popularity gradually climbed, and by 2000, it was among the top 40 best-selling children's books of all time.

The postwar baby boom helped propel sales of Brown's many picture books, including Two Little Trains (1949) and The Important Book (1949). After the author died in 1952, at the age of 42, many of her unpublished manuscripts were illustrated and made into books, but Brown remains best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

More people recognize those titles than recognize the name of their author, but Margaret Wise Brown wouldn't have minded. "It didn't seem important that anyone wrote them," she once said of the books she read as a child. "And it still doesn't seem important. I wish I didn't have ever to sign my long name on the cover of a book and I wish I could write a story that would seem absolutely true to the child who hears it and to myself." For millions of children who have settled down to hear her stories, she did just that.

Good To Know

When Goodnight Moon first appeared, the New York Public Library declined to buy it (an internal reviewer dismissed it as too sentimental). The book sold fairly well until 1953, when sales began to climb, perhaps because of word-of-mouth recommendations by parents. More than 4 million copies have now been sold. The New York Public Library finally placed its first order for the book in 1973.

If you look closely at the bookshelves illustrated in Goodnight Moon, you'll see that one of the little rabbit's books is The Runaway Bunny. One of three framed pictures on the walls shows a scene from the same book.

Brown's death was a stunning and sad surprise. The author had had an emergency appendectomy in France while on a book tour, which was successful; but when she did a can-can kick days later to demonstrate her good health to her doctor, it caused a fatal embolism.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    This should be a childrens classic!

    This book is so much fun to read. It is so interactive as you watch and hear all about the bunny's day. My son loves when I make all of the sounds. He wants me to read him this book every night! At 19 months old, he is so attentive to this book that when I read about the bunny's nose and ears he points to his own. We have the hardcover and the board book. The illustrations are beautiful as well. All around, this is a great book!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Bunny's Noisy Book

    A perfect little board book. A beautiful little Easter gift. A great book to read and re-read to the toddler. A fun story to read and add sounds along with the story. The illustrations are just adorable, this is a keeper. This book would be a great book for a pre-school teacher to read to the class for Easter fun. The price is a steal. I love this little precious book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2009

    Bunny's Noisy Book

    Love the illustrations. This is going in my Grandson's Easter Basket.

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