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Nibble Nibble
     

Nibble Nibble

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by Margaret Wise Brown, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
 

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Originally published in 1959, five delightful poems by Margaret Wise Brown capture the simple eloquence of the natural world and illuminate the whimsy of bunnies at play. Now the charming paintings of award-winning naturalist artist Wendell Minor will "nibble nibble nibble" their way into the hearts of a whole new generation of Margaret Wise Brown readers.

Overview

Originally published in 1959, five delightful poems by Margaret Wise Brown capture the simple eloquence of the natural world and illuminate the whimsy of bunnies at play. Now the charming paintings of award-winning naturalist artist Wendell Minor will "nibble nibble nibble" their way into the hearts of a whole new generation of Margaret Wise Brown readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wendell Minor reinvigorates the text of Nibble, Nibble, a Margaret Wise Brown picture book first published in 1959. Minor nicely balances realistic paintings of rabbits, mice and birds with a hint of personality-intelligence in the eyes, or two rabbits nose to nose (for "Softly now beats the beat of my heart/ All for the love of you")-for this handful of poems that range from tender to comical ("Hop Skip Jump/ A rabbit won't fight./ Hop Skip Jump/ A rabbit won't bite"). Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Nearly fifty years after their publication with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard, five of Margaret Wise Brown's most charming bunny-centric poems have been re-released in a vivid new arrangement accompanied by paintings from woodland artist Wendell Minor. What a difference this lush, full-color presentation makes! Rabbits practically leap from the printed page—which is not to say that Minor's talent is limited to illustrations of rabbits. The birds, mice, bugs, and even fish are equally enthralling in this lovely book. Wendell Minor has made the most of every inch of space between the book's covers, including the end-papers. Young readers will enjoy the quiet repetition of the poems and appreciate the focus on those aspects of nature which capture their attention and inspire a sense of wonder. Parents will take pleasure in sharing these classic poems from their own youth. Everyone is sure to have a "favorite" bunny.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1
Large, almost tactile paintings of birds, butterflies, and bunnies combine well with the flow of Brown's charming poems, originally published in 1959. "Here comes a bunny/The first to stray/Out of April/And into May" is the first verse of "Song of Summer." Spring flowers, a loving mother and baby mouse, and a young fox and curious rabbit eyeing each other across the pages are some of the vignettes that grace this appealing book. A variety of sizes of paintings, ranging from a single animal on a crisp, white background to full-color, double-spread scenes, accents the verses. Onomatopoeic and motion words are reflected in the pictures with their ground-level perspective. These five beautifully and newly illustrated poems will enchant another generation of children.
—Maryann H. OwenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060592080
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/23/2007
Edition description:
Reillustrated Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
909,757
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

Little Donkey Close Your Eyes

Little Donkey on the hill
Standing there so very still
Making faces at the skies
Little Donkey close your eyes.

Little Monkey in the tree
Swinging there so merrily
Throwing cocoanuts at the skies
Little Monkey close your eyes.

Silly Sheep that slowly crop
Night has come and you must sop
Chewing grass beneath the skies
Silly Sheep now close your eyes.

Little Pig that squeals about
Make no noises with your snout
No more squealing to the skies
Little Pig now close your eyes.

Wild young birds that sweetly sing
Curve your heads beneath your wing
Dark night covers all the skies
Wild young birds now close your eyes.

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?, Christmas in the Barn, The Dead Bird, and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.

Wendell Minor has illustrated numerous award-winning picture books, including Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George, and If You Were a Panda Bear by his wife, Florence Minor. Mr. Minor's art has been exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, among other prestigious institutions throughout the country. He lives in rural Connecticut with Florence and their two cats.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 23, 1910
Date of Death:
November 13, 1952
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Place of Death:
Nice, France
Education:
B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education
Website:
http://www.margaretwisebrown.com

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