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by Joyce Dunbar, Susan Varley (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Warned not to go into the woods alone, Sophie takes her stuffed rabbit Lollopy along for protection. When she goes bluebell picking, she leaves Lollopy behind overnight, and some live bunnies find him. Disappointed in the toy's lifelessness, they carry him to the middle of the woods, where he loses some of his stuffing and an ear. Mama Rabbit, patching him, warns her bunnies that they wouldn't be so easy to mend. The next day, Sophie and her mother find the toy, complete with a bluebell chain necklace made by the rabbits. The theme of separation and reunion assures young readers' genuine connection to the story; meanwhile an easy resolution keeps the tone from getting heavy. The issue of a parent's concern for her children's safety is perfectly reflected in wistful watercolor illustrations with pen-and-ink detail. The text is adequate; simple and direct, it leaves readers enough space for their own reactions and emotions. A few Briticisms increase the charm and won't confuse American readers. Varley's full-color art is reminscent of Shepard's work in Winnie the Pooh , and many children will be reminded of Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit . Like those works, this one explores fantasy's relationship to reality. Such associations work to this endearing book's advantage, and may even give it more impact than it deserves. --Liza Bliss, formerly at Leominster Public Library, MA

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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1st American ed
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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