Little White Rabbit
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Little White Rabbit

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by Kevin Henkes
     
 

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One bright spring day a little white rabbit sets out from home on an adventure. What does he find? Look! Everything is new.Anything is possible. . . .

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One bright spring day a little white rabbit sets out from home on an adventure. What does he find? Look! Everything is new.Anything is possible. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dipping into the grassy, blossoming palette of his My Garden, Henkes depicts a bunny's spring day. His sequence salutes Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's classic The Runaway Bunny, for this little white rabbit also has a good imagination. "When he hopped through the high grass, he wondered what it would be like to be green," and "When he hopped by the fir trees, he wondered what it would be like to be tall." Each time the rabbit ponders another way of life, a wordless spread follows, picturing him camouflaged, tree-height, or transformed into a stone bunny for an entire day. Spying a cat, the bunny darts home to nuzzle a mother rabbit (also reminiscent of Brown and Hurd's): "he didn't wonder who loved him." In Henkes's colored pencil and acrylic closeups of the young rabbit, a moss-green outline and typeface (rather than a neutral black or brown) suggest verdant meadows and warm forests. Cool pink, soft blue, and dandelion yellow wildflowers will remind some of an Easter basket. Sweet and soft, this picture book heralds a sunny spring. Ages 2–7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Readers expect the best of Caldecott Award-winning Kevin Henkes, and they will not be disappointed. An imaginative young bunny hops through his environment, letting his imagination run wild. As he goes through high grass, he imagines what it would be like to be green. Passing by fir trees, he thinks about what it would be like to be tall—taller than the trees. He sees a rock and wonders what it would be like to be stationary. He sees butterflies and thinks about flying. Then, he sees a cat! What does he think of? Home. The innocence and curiosity of childhood are well represented in this story, but it is the artwork that makes it a hit. Pictures of Little White Rabbit in his environment are framed, while the scenes of his imagination are boundless, extending to the page's edges and, one of might think, beyond. The final page makes it clear that Little White Rabbit, while home for now, will be off exploring and imagining again soon—and that is as it should be. Sure to be a hit with children and adult alike, this book is a good selection for home, preschool, or public libraries. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard
Kevin Henkes's Little White Rabbit is a paean to the power of the imagination, a pastel song of praise that evokes the same unfettered joy as his My Garden (2010) and A Good Day (2007).
—The Washington Post
Horn Book (starred review)
“Bold lines, expressive movement, and the springtime palette of pink, blue, and lush woodsy greens will delight the child’s eye.”
Horn Book
"Bold lines, expressive movement, and the springtime palette of pink, blue, and lush woodsy greens will delight the child’s eye."
School Library Journal
PreS—A quiet gem of a picture book about a small bunny with a big imagination. "When he hopped through the high grass, he wondered what it would be like to be green." Each burst of curiosity is followed by a spread of envisioning. For example, when he wonders what it would be like to be tall as a fir tree, readers are treated to a depiction of a huge rabbit leaning on the upper boughs of a hemlock, communing with the birds. In the tradition of Eric Carle's The Mixed-Up Chameleon (Crowell, 1975) and Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942), Little White Rabbit is perfect for preschoolers. The colored pencil and acrylic illustrations in cheery springtime pastels have fuzzy textures and broad outlines that are enormously appealing. Henkes often manages to combine the static and kinetic so that his protagonist seems frozen in mid-leap. And just when you think this little rabbit has settled in for the night with his loving family, that lively curiosity reappears, ready to begin another adventure.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062006424
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
358,913
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author of Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly's Big Day, Wemberly Worried, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Website:
http://www.kevinhenkes.com

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Little White Rabbit 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Sweetonbooks More than 1 year ago
In Little White Rabbit's world, everything is new and anything is possible. Besides being a brilliant work of art, this book is a wonderful celebration of the imagination. The lovely message this book conveys is that the possibilities are limitless! After hopping through high grass, Little White Rabbit looks around and wonders what it would be like to be the color green. When he sees a pack of butterflies float by, he wonders what it would be like to fly through the air. Henke answers each of these speculations with a gorgeous two page spread of Rabbit doing each of these things. I promise that you won't get through the book without wanting to stop and stare at these amazing paintings. When Rabbit sees a cat, he decides he is done wondering about things and heads home where he doesn't have to puzzle over who loves him. What a cozy, delicious story to share with your little one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My almost three year old and I love this book. Each page has a short gentle verse about a very curious white bunny, and a pretty illustration that moves. It is so sweet and is as interactive as you want it to be. There are a few pages without words that move, as well. It is just right for toddlers, preschoolers, and adults. A nice bedtime book. The story is about a small white bunny who is very curious about the world. The bunny wonders what it would be like to be different things found in nature, like a rock or tree. But, in the end, the bunny goes back home to his mommy bunny and brothers and sisters. My daughter especially loves how the pictures move when touched or after the words have been read. I love the "read to me" option, and the beautiful and adorable interactive pictures. It is a nice and gentle bed time story that my daughter can relate to, because she is also very curious just like the bunny.
Amanda Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
My 23 month old loves this Nook Book! It brings lots of joy before nap and bedtime.
jarmunoz More than 1 year ago
My 4 year-old son loved it. It was perfect timing too being offered around Easter. The animations were nice, but did not distract from the story.
baba2 More than 1 year ago
My grandsons, two and four, enjoy interacting with the text, even though the animation is fairly limited. The story-line appeals more to toddlers than to preschoolers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this book and my children do too. Thought provoking pictures ensure rich conversation of "what if's"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I read this last night and she loved it, The active pages were particularly fun!! I would recommend this book, very cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet book; I love it! The pictures, mini-games & sound effects are adorably scrummy! Thrilled it was $2.99 in lieu of $12.62! :)
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my nook for kids ipad app doesn't pick this up.
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I luv kevin
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