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Rabbit waits for the moon.
But the moon takes its time,
so Rabbit hops back to his burrow and goes...

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Rabbit waits for the moon.
But the moon takes its time,
so Rabbit hops back to his burrow and goes to sleep.
What happens in the world when Rabbit isn’t looking?
Well . . . magic.
And moonlight. . . .
The goats on the mountainside see it.
The deer, birds, and raccoons see it.
Even the fish see it.
And finally, happily,
Rabbit does, too.
Do you?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Opalescent moonbeams drench hyacinths, daisies, and dozing animals in this peaceful, Impressionistic tale. Initially, under cloudy skies, a sleepy brown rabbit “hops into his burrow/ just a little soon/ doesn’t see the clouds blow by/ setting free the moon.” While the rabbit naps, “Moonlight slides like butter” through a woodland and pond, illuminating leaves, branches, lily pads, and flowers. At last the sinuous light “seeps inside the burrow/ butters Rabbit’s dreams” and awakens him from slumber to dance with “butter on his head!” In gestural brushstrokes, Dronzek (Birds) pictures a forest of midnight blue, violet, and emerald, along with a full moon exuding tendrils of creamy light. Moonlight coats the edges of trees, a resting doe and fawn, a tranquil robin’s nest, and lazy trout. Dronzek’s self-consciously luscious compositions reinforce Griffith’s (Georgia Music) foodie metaphors and recall Georg Hallensleben’s paintings for books like And If the Moon Could Talk. Griffith and Dronzek imagine a safe, human-free environment swaddled in unearthly light, inviting readers to taste a delicious summer night. Ages 2–5. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Griffith's rhyming quatrains tell the sweet story of a rabbit who—too sleepy to wait for the moon to appear-hops into his safe, grass-lined burrow. He dreams of a sky full of veggies, strawberries, and tender flowers, until the moon's buttery light seeps into his burrow, "spatters him with moondrops/shakes him out of bed—" and draws him out into the bright, flowery field to dance. What Rabbit does not see is the small gray mouse outside his burrow, a raccoon family watching from their hollow tree, and a deer and fawn asleep in the moonlit grass. Dronzek's large, oval-faced, jaunty-eared rabbit has attitude. The soft, acrylic spreads show an inky dark indigo sky, flowered fields, mountains, trees and stream, all tinged in the light of a glowing full moon. The successful integration of pictures and text in this quiet poem offers a lovely ending to a little one's day and an introduction to imagery, as well.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A sleepy rabbit hops to his burrow just before the moon appears to cast its light on trees, mountains and streams. Quatrains with alternating rhyme set a lulling rhythm that evokes the dark, dreamy nighttime world captured in Dronzek's murky, chunky acrylic illustrations. Unabashed strokes of yellow moonlight highlight dusky scenes, while solid lines carve out sweetly sleeping animals snug in their homes. Craggy rocks rise distinctly behind mountain goats; a resolute ring of trees circles resting meadow deer; round-eyed raccoons peer innocently out from their hollow tree. Warmth emanates from pages dominated by rather gloomy blues, greens, grays, browns and purples, thanks to the animals' gentle curvatures and benign expressions. Moonlight coats everything like butter, according to the poem, and some readers might find this repeated analogy slippery. Sleek actions words (slide, skim, skid, skip, sucks, skitter, slip, seeps) and their slithery consonants suggest something slighter, stealthier—something less thick and drippy than butter. When moonlight finally falls inside rabbit's hole, it coats his pleasingly punchy radish, strawberry and flower dreams with butter. Their cheery brightness elevates this book's somnolent mood for a final frolic: Rabbit wakes up raring for a moondance under the skies. Soothing for sleepy-time; as soft as butter. (Picture book. 0-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062032850
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 896,525
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen V. Griffith is the author of many award-winning books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Georgia Music, illustrated by James Stevenson, and the ALA Notable Books Grandaddy and Janetta, Grandaddy’s Place, and Grandaddy’s Stars (all illustrated by James Stevenson). Helen Griffith lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

Laura Dronzek is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally. Her picture books include Moonlight, by Helen V. Griffith; the acclaimed Birds, by Kevin Henkes; and White Is for Blueberry, by George Shannon. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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