If You Were My Bunny

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Overview

Sing the animal lullabies in this book which may be sung to the tunes of "Hush, Little Baby" and "Rock-a-Bye Baby" just to name a few.

A mother tells her baby how she would care for it if it were a bunny, a kitten, or other animal infant; she then sings a lullaby about each baby animal.

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Overview

Sing the animal lullabies in this book which may be sung to the tunes of "Hush, Little Baby" and "Rock-a-Bye Baby" just to name a few.

A mother tells her baby how she would care for it if it were a bunny, a kitten, or other animal infant; she then sings a lullaby about each baby animal.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This soothing test was a winner as a picture book and it will continue to be one in its board book form. The reassuring words of motherly love will delight little ones and comfort them as they drop off to sleep. The text can be sung to familiar tunes, which are listed at the end of the book.
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This charming story explores how a mother would take care of her baby, whether it is a bunny, bear, kitten, duckling, puppy, or human. The colorful artwork aptly illustrates the affection shown by mothers to their children. Each different animal lullaby can be sung to a familiar tune, as listed at the end of the book. Part of the "Story Corner" series.
Ilene Cooper
The sweet, soothing sounds of a mother's words come through loud and clear in this small book. A mother rabbit tells her little ones that she could pick them out from all the other babies, and she sings a bunny version of "Hush, Little Baby," with lines like "if that carrot top should wilt, / Mama's going to bring you a clover quilt." Then a bear, a cat, a duck, a dog, and finally a human mother tell their children how much they love them. McMullan's clever use of familiar songs ("Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Rock-a-bye Baby," among others) adds to the charm of this child pleaser. So do McPhail's pictures, which, though occasionally stiffly executed, are full of tenderness and love. A cuddlesome bedtime choice.
Kirkus Reviews
Familiar lullabies are given a twist by McMullan (Hey, Pipsqueak!, 1995, etc.) in a work that serves as a missing link between board books and more lavish picture books. A bunny, a bear cub, a kitten, a duckling, and a puppy are given a few pages each to be gathered in by their mothers as the day comes to a close, then sung to sleep. Bear whuffles a "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" variation, Rabbit warbles her version of "Hush, Little Baby," and so on. It's all very sweet: "Dearest duckling, close your eyes, crickets chirp your lullabies" to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "Dream time, my kitten" to the melody of "Rock-a-Bye Baby." McPhail adds notes of suspense with bolts of lightning and sickle moons. The book begins with "If you were my bunny and I were your mama, I'd pick you out from all the other bunnies and nestle you beside me"; fittingly, therefore, the volume is dedicated in part to "M.W.B."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590341264
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Hello Reader! Series
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 298,792
  • Age range: 4 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Kate McMullan is the best-selling author of the I'M BAD, I'M DIRTY, I'M MIGHTY, and I STINK picture books illustrated by Jim McMullan. Kate is also the author of IF YOU WERE MY BUNNY and the FLUFFY series, published by Scholastic Books.

David McPhail was born on June 30, 1940 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. As a child, David was very imaginative and creative, pretending to be famous heroes and drawing what he imagined. In addition, he was addicted to books from an early age. He attended Vesper George University from 1957-1958 and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School from 1963-1966. He has been an illustrator of children’s books since 1967 and an author of children’s books since 1971. He says he enjoys writing and illustrating as much as he did when he began.

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    Highly recommended - best bedtime book

    Of all the bedtime stories I read to my children, this is the one that we still sing the songs. The book takes familiar lullaby tunes and uses animals to tell stories of parental love. I've purchased multiple copies of this book, as it is my favorite baby gift for friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    Best Bedtime Story

    This is my all time favorite bedtime story. My mom used to read it to me when I was little and I still remember it. I used to love singing the songs and cuddling with my mom. Even now that I am in college, I would still have to say it is my all time favorite book.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    love love love this book

    this is the sweetest little book. I buy it as a baby gift for my friends and family who are expecting.I also enjoy reading it to babies and children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Best Children's Lullaby Book Ever!

    This book was a favorite of all three of my children. Even now, at ages 11, 9, and 6, they still request the songs when they've had a bad day or aren't feeling well. The lyrics are easy to memorize and you already know the tunes! Guaranteed to put your children to sleep!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    A must have

    I read this to my two and four year old, nightly. They love to nestle beside me as we read it and we always give eachother a GREAT BIG hug and a GREAT BIG kiss when we reach the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    A first-time mom

    I had to practice singing the lullabies with the new lyrics a couple of times, but my 3-month-old didn't mind. She smiled broadly with each new lullaby. It is a wonderful bedtime book to rock your little one to sleep with.

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