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Little Bunny on the Move

Little Bunny on the Move

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by Peter McCarty

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A little bunny rabbit hurries past five fat sheep, over train tracks, and across an open field on his way to a special destination. Full color.


A little bunny rabbit hurries past five fat sheep, over train tracks, and across an open field on his way to a special destination. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly
This tale of a bunny's journey is "reassuring yet enigmatic," according to PW. "The compositions possess a quiet dignity." Ages 3-up. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"It was time for a little bunny/ to be on the move./ From here to there,/ a bunny goes where a bunny must," begins this reassuring yet enigmatic tale. An unseen narrator periodically asks questions of the charming title character--"Bunny, Bunny aren't you turning back?/ Where are you going, Little Bunny?"--and then answers them. This bunny moves "past five fat sheep" and "over train tracks." McCarty's (Night Driving) haunting pencil and watercolor illustrations of Bunny's journey emulate silver point, with drawings that seem to be etched and only the barest hint of pale color. He combines modern and timeless sensibilities, as in a breathtaking view of Bunny descending a hillside, a plane in the distance juxtaposed with a Japanese cherry blossom that might have been featured in an ancient silk screen; in another illustration, a little girl who could easily have stepped from a Renoir painting offers Bunny shelter. The counterpoint of modern and timeless phrases in the text occasionally has a jarring effect, but the artwork more than compensates for these few missteps. Light shimmers through delicate grass and tree leaves seem to be lit from within, as the tiny white bunny finally reaches its destination: home. Subtly compelling, McCarty's mysterious, almost black-and-white compositions possess a quiet dignity. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
PreS-K-A little bunny is on the go, passing a pig, a cow, a flock of sheep, a train, and a little girl. His destination, revealed only on the final pages, is home. Though small and gentle, he is confident and determined to complete his journey despite the concern of those he encounters. "Bunny, Bunny, the sky is turning black./Bunny, Bunny, aren't you going back?/Won't you stop to sleep, Little Bunny?" McCarty's black-and-white pencil-and-watercolor illustrations with just a hint of color have a luminescent quality. The artist creates a pleasant out-of-time feeling by portraying objects ambiguously enough to defy their placement in time. An airplane, the child's clothing, a train could all be contemporary or from a bygone decade. Readers familiar with McCarty's black-and-white illustrations for John Coy's Night Driving (Holt, 1995) will recognize the style, although Little Bunny's artwork includes faint tints of color. The technique suits the text, which is also both general and timeless: "...a bunny goes where a bunny must." The slight, simple narrative is enhanced by lovely, intermittent rhymes. Within the plethora of bunny picture books, Little Bunny slips through a fence like Peter, receives a carrot on his return like the runaway bunny, but still maintains his own individuality.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A fresh look at a reassuring theme, with unusual and beguiling illustrations. Little Bunny is on the move, "from here to there," past a cow, a pig, sheep, and the train tracks, through a fence, and past a little girl who wants to make a pet of him. On this journey, Bunny has little time to sleep, for he must go where he must—home, it turns out, where he is surrounded by his family, and where there are carrots. Bunny lives in a beautifully textured and shaded landscape done in a kind of grisaille, like medieval manuscripts painted in shades of grey. Colors, when used, are elusive—the palest green suggests grass, the barest swath of dim orange tints the carrot—and heighten the brilliant use of white for the bunny, sheep, daisies, clouds, and the shadows of the landscape. Toddlers and caregivers alike will be soothed by a child-sized adventure, brought to sweet closure. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
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Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author

Peter McCarty is the author and illustrator of T Is for Terrible, Baby Steps, and Hondo and Fabian, for which he won a Caldecott Honor. He lives with his wife and two children in Upstate New York.

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