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K-Gr 2- Zoe, a young bunny, is excited to have the role of Cinder Rabbit in her school's spring play. That is, until she learns that as the star she will be required to lead the class in the Bunny Hop. Zoe was quite a confident little hopper until an unfortunate mis-hop left her in a mud puddle with class bully Winifred laughing at her. Now she can only walk or scurry, and the thought of hopping on stage leaves her petrified. On a trip downtown, Zoe is unexpectedly forced into action and is able to regain her hop; the quick thinking of a classmate helps her to re-create her success for the stage. This early chapter book is for any reader who has ever frozen in the face of pressure, or for those who face the taunts of a bully. It is sweet and fun, with bunny details liberally inserted throughout. Black-and-white illustrations on each spread expand on the characters-a bunny selected as the assistant director wears a bow tie, the teacher has a double-pierced ear, and Zoe's nemesis has a perpetual frown. Short chapters will allow beginning readers to finish in manageable segments, and the book's simple but consistent story arc will leave them cheering for Zoe's triumph in the end.-Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, COCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.