Little White Rabbit

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

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062006431
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,027,003
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, 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 Little White Rabbit, 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 the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, 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 Little White Rabbit, 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 the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Biography

Kevin Henkes still owns some of his favorite books from childhood. "They're brimming with all the telltale signs of true love: dog-eared pages, fingerprints on my favorite illustrations, my name and address inscribed on both front and back covers in inch-high lettering, and the faint smell of stale peanut butter on the bindings," he says in an interview on his web site.

Back in his peanut-butter sandwich days, Henkes dreamed of becoming an artist. By high school, he had combined his love of drawing with a newfound interest in writing, and at age 19, he took his portfolio to New York City in hopes of finding a publisher. Young Henkes returned home from his weeklong trip with a contract from Greenwillow Books, and he's worked as a children's writer and illustrator ever since.

Henkes's style has evolved over the years to include more humor, more whimsy and a lot more mice. Though he began illustrating his picture books with realistic drawings of children, he's since developed a recurring cast of mouse characters rendered in a more cartoon-like style -- though with a range of expressions that make the spirited Lilly, anxious Wemberly, fearless Sheila Rae and sensitive Chrysanthemum into highly believable heroines. Owen, the story of a little mouse who isn't ready to give up his tattered security blanket, won a Caldecott Honor Medal for its winsome watercolor-and-ink illustrations.

Many of Henkes's mouse books deal with such common childhood ordeals as starting school, being teased and getting lost. Chrysanthemum, about a mouse whose new schoolmates tease her about her name, was inspired by Henkes's own feelings when he started school. "The book is about family, and how starting something new and going out into the world can be very hard," he told an interviewer for The Five Owls. "I remember going to kindergarten -- my grandfather had a beautiful rose garden, and he gave me the last roses of the season to bring to the kindergarten teacher the next day. I don't even remember how it happened, but an older kid took these flowers from me on the playground, and I remember coming home, feeling awful." As a grown-up, Henkes is able to translate difficult childhood transitions into stories that are both honest and reassuring. In a review of Chrysanthemum, Kirkus Reviews noted: "Henkes's language and humor are impeccably fresh, his cozy illustrations sensitive and funny, his little asides to adults an unobtrusive delight."

Henkes has also written novels for older children, in which he "explores family relationships with breathtaking tenderness" (Publisher's Weekly). In The Birthday Room, for example, a twelve-year-old boy learns the reason for his mother's long estrangement from her brother, and helps effect a reconciliation. "Refreshingly, Henkes has given us a male protagonist who is reflective, creative and emotionally sensitive," wrote Karen Leggett in The New York Times Book Review. "Ben feels the anguish of his mother's long-simmering bitterness and his uncle's agonizing guilt. Yet at a time when it is almost a fad to blame dysfunctional families for problems, we learn that even though there are never simple answers and not many fairy-tale endings, families can heal."

Though his novels are more complex and serious than his picture books, all Henkes's works suggest an author with deep empathy for the intense emotions of childhood. As a Publisher's Weekly reviewer wrote, "Behind each book is a wide-open heart, one readers can't help but respond to, that makes all of Henkes's books of special value to children."

Good To Know

Henkes's wife, Laura Dronzek, is also an artist. She painted the cover illustration for Henkes' novel Sun and Spoon and illustrated his picture book Oh!.

Henkes has turned down requests to use his mouse characters in a television series, but some of his books are available in video form in Chrysanthemum and More Kevin Henkes Stories. The video's narrators include Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mary Beth Hurt.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse has been adapted into a stage play.

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    1. Hometown:
      Madison, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 27, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Racine, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin, Madison
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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Gorgeous Book!

    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.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Love it

    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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Love Love Love

    My 23 month old loves this Nook Book! It brings lots of joy before nap and bedtime.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    good for younger kids

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Beautiful and touching book for parent and child!

    Love love love this book and my children do too. Thought provoking pictures ensure rich conversation of "what if's"

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    Great for Early Readers!

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Ipad App doesn't pick up

    my nook for kids ipad app doesn't pick this up.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    little bunny

    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

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Kevin has done it again!

    I luv kevin

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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