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Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree

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Little Bunny is tired of being the smallest. But thanks to some Christmas magic and an enchanted tree, he gets teenier still— and has a BIG adventure.

It's not fair! Little Bunny doesn't like being the smallest one in the family. Now it's Christmas Eve, and his favorite shiny red fire-engine ornament is way up high in the tree. Little Bunny is too small to reach it, but too big to climb the tree. And he so loves that fire engine. He wishes he could ride in it for real! With ...

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Overview

Little Bunny is tired of being the smallest. But thanks to some Christmas magic and an enchanted tree, he gets teenier still— and has a BIG adventure.

It's not fair! Little Bunny doesn't like being the smallest one in the family. Now it's Christmas Eve, and his favorite shiny red fire-engine ornament is way up high in the tree. Little Bunny is too small to reach it, but too big to climb the tree. And he so loves that fire engine. He wishes he could ride in it for real! With Christmas Eve magic and help from some new friends, Little Bunny has the adventure of his life on a night when anything is possible.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A bunny learns about self-acceptance and belonging in this Christmas Eve fantasy, energized by whimsical ink-and-watercolor art by Gorbachev, Martin’s collaborator on All for Pie, Pie for All. Little Bunny is dismayed when his taller younger brothers place his favorite ornament—a fire truck—too high on the tree for him to reach. After falling asleep under the tree, he awakens to find that the ornaments have come to life; willing himself to shrink so he can scuttle up the tree, Little Bunny drives the fire truck from branch to branch, reverting to normal size at daybreak. The promise of Christmas Eve magic and dramatic tree-bough adventures will draw readers in. Ages 2–4. (Sept.)
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A bunny learns about self-acceptance and belonging in this Christmas Eve fantasy...The promise of Christmas Eve magic and dramatic tree-bough adventures will draw readers in.
—Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—It's Christmas Eve, and Little Bunny, disgruntled at being the smallest member of the family, falls asleep under the tree. During the night, he awakens to find that all the ornaments have come alive; shrinking himself down to their size, he plays with them all night long. Though they invite him to stay and play with them forever, he hears his family waking up on Christmas morning and decides that his place is with them. Though Gorbachev's ink-and-watercolor illustrations are warm and lively, the story rambles on before coming to an anticlimactic finish. Cute, but not likely to warrant a "read it again!"—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

An extra-large format and engaging illustrations of an adorable rabbit family help to elevate this story about a bunny boy who interacts with Christmas-tree ornaments that come alive on Christmas Eve.

When Little Bunny is teased by his older brother about his diminutive size, the young rabbit pouts and falls asleep under the Christmas tree. Some friendly ornaments encourage him to "think small," and through some unexplained Christmas magic, Little Bunny shrinks down to the size of an ornament himself. He climbs up the tree, chats with the little characters and then drives his favorite fire-truck ornament through the branches and right up to the tree-top star. The ornaments invite Little Bunny to stay with them, but he misses his family, so he returns to reality in time for the Christmas morning celebration. Gorbachev's expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations make Little Bunny's flight of fancy seem quite possible and realistic, and his buck-toothed bunny rabbits are endearing in their comical outfits, with clever touches like glasses and hair bows. The story is a little too long and wordy, though, too often telling what Little Bunny thinks rather than showing.

The saving touch of magic in the illustrations makes readers care about Little Bunny and his Christmas Eve quest.(Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763636937
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,146,424
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Martin is the author of many books for children, including ALL FOR PIE, PIE FOR ALL, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev; WE'VE ALL GOT BELLYBUTTONS!, illustrated by Randy Cecil; and two board books, CHRISTMAS TREE and HANNUKAH LIGHTS, both illustrated by Melissa Sweet. "When I was a little boy, I thought it would be fun to make myself so teeny I could hide on a shelf," he says. "But playing in a Christmas tree with a lot of new friends and driving a fire engine— that would be even better." David Martin lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Valeri Gorbachev has illustrated many books for children, including David Martin's ALL FOR PIE, PIE FOR ALLl and SQUIRREL's WORLD by Lisa Moser. He is the author-illustrator of THE BEST CAT and THE MISSING CHICK. Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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