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I Love You, Bunny Rabbit

I Love You, Bunny Rabbit

by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim, Cyd Moore (Illustrator), Boyds Mills Press Staff

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction


Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stained with applesauce and chocolate milk, frayed by chewing and worn to its stuffing, a beloved toy bunny is overdue for a bath. ``Don't worry,'' Micah encourages his go-everywhere pal; ``I've had lots of baths.'' But the rabbit does not come clean, so Mama suggests a trip to the toy store for a replacement. Faced with the profusion of possible substitutes, Micah balks: ``I don't want a new rabbit, thank you.'' He then applies some irrefutable child logic to the situation, and the three return home renewed. Moore's colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations playfully and tenderly accompany Oppenheim's text as it moves from joviality to disquieted attachment to strengthened affection. A winsome tale of love remaining love in spite of dirt and grime. Ages 2-5. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A sweet, simple tale about a boy and his favorite stuffed toy. Bunny Rabbit has been through the proverbial mill, so Micah's mother suggests that they give it a bath. But after it has been scrubbed and dried, the beloved animal still looks a mess. ``It is time, Micah, to buy a new rabbit,'' says mom. They go to the toy store, and a double-page spread shows myriad stuffed animals from which Micah might choose. (But astute readers will know that he never had any intention of replacing his well-worn friend.) In a double-page closeup picture, when he tells his mother that he doesn't want a new bunny, she touches his forehead and offers a milk shake instead. Walking home, they discuss the similarities between a messy Bunny Rabbit and a messy boy-both of whom are infinitely lovable. The vibrant, detailed colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations are dominated by greens and purples, with lots of interesting flecks of color scattered about. A welcome addition on a popular topic.-Lynn Cockett, Nutley Public Library, NJ
April Judge
Micah's Bunny Rabbit has been so well loved that it has no fur left and is covered with spots of chocolate milk, applesauce, and muddy water. The rabbit is still a mess after a bath, so Mama insists they take a trip to the store to buy a new stuffed animal. But eventually Mama comes to understand that a new friend could never take the place of her daughter's rabbit. This tender story of love, friendship, acceptance, and understanding is told in a reassuring manner. Illustrations of various sizes and shapes are executed in colored pencil and watercolor. A soothing tale for story times.

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Highlights Press
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shulamith Levey Oppenheim has written a number of books for children, including Waiting for Noah, The Lily Cupboard, and Iblis. She lives in Pelham, Massachusetts.

Cyd Moore is the illustrator of A Frog Inside My Hat by Fay Robinson and Jane Yolen's Songs of Summer, published by Boyds Mills Press. She lives in Birmingham, Michigan.

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