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My Blue Bunny, Bubbit
     

My Blue Bunny, Bubbit

by Maggie Smith
 

When the narrator of this story discovers she's going to have a new little brother, she's not so sure she wants one. Neither is Bubbit, her very special blue wool bunny. Her grandmother, Nonni, made Bubbit for her when she was born, so they're practically like twins.

Soon it's time for the baby to be born. Nonni comes to stay, and she brings her sewing box. And

Overview


When the narrator of this story discovers she's going to have a new little brother, she's not so sure she wants one. Neither is Bubbit, her very special blue wool bunny. Her grandmother, Nonni, made Bubbit for her when she was born, so they're practically like twins.

Soon it's time for the baby to be born. Nonni comes to stay, and she brings her sewing box. And before long, the narrator has decided to sew her new baby brother something almost as special as Bubbit.

Sweetly illustrated, this is the perfect book for crafty kids as well as families expecting a new baby.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
A new sibling, the child-grandmother bond, attachment to a stuffed animal, and the rewards of crafting all play into Smith’s (Pigs in Pajamas) cheering, if slightly saccharine story. When the young narrator learns that a baby will soon join the family, she admits that she and Bubbit—the wool bunny her grandmother Nonni made for her when she was born—“weren’t sure we wanted a new baby.” However, her resistance to the idea melts immediately, and she draws a picture of a yellow elephant “to welcome the new baby.” When Nonni arrives to care for the girl during her brother’s birth, that picture serves as the model for the stuffed animal that the two of them make for the newborn. The details about the sewing process that Smith, who designs stuffed toys in addition to creating children’s books, interjects may prove somewhat slow-moving for less craft-oriented readers, but parents should be warned: requests to haul out the family sewing machine are likely to follow readings. Incorporating scraps of fabric themselves, Smith’s mixed-media pictures reinforce the story’s wholesomeness and crafting theme. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
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a JLG selection
 
"Incorporating scraps of fabric themselves, Smith's mixed-media pictures reinforce the story's wholesomeness and crafting theme."
Publishers Weekly

"New older siblings won't be blue for long thanks to this sweet, if special, offering."
Kirkus

"Full of familial warmth and sisterly pride, this would make a thoughtful read for siblings-to-be."
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Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
Part special–stuffed-animal tale, part new-baby story, part craft extravaganza, this picture book has a little something for everyone, so long as that "everyone" enjoys sewing narratives. When she was born, the unnamed heroine of this tale was given a handmade stuffed blue bunny named Bubbit by her much-beloved grandmother. Now a new baby has been born to the family, and the new big sister wants to make sure her brother has something just as special. After consulting with her grandma, the two set about creating a soft yellow elephant from the little girl's outgrown coat and scraps from well-loved clothing. Will the new baby come to love it? A snapshot of the near future yields the answer. With art consisting of a melding of pencil, fabric, gouache and digital illustration, the textures embedded into the pictures give the book a tactile, homey feel. The writing itself is strong, though no one would mistake this as a story for all expectant older sibs. After all, the focus on the craft of sewing will appeal mostly as a novelty for those in the intended age group. That said, it would be the rare child that reads this and then doesn't hanker for a blue "Bubbit" of their very own. New older siblings won't be blue for long thanks to this sweet, if special, offering. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547558615
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,332,575
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Maggie Smith has illustrated many picture books, some of which she also wrote. My Blue Bunny, Bubbit is the first book she written as well as illustrated for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. An accomplished sewist and owner of the Etsy shop Maggierama, she lives in Seattle, Washington. Please visit her at www.maggiebooks.com.

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