Here's a delightful Christmas book with attractive, winter-inspired illustrations--a wonderful gift for a child to find beneath the Christmas tree. It's Christmas morning, and a little rabbit named Pocket is playing in the snow with his brothers and sisters. But when the other rabbits hurry to the skating pond, Pocket stays behind, lost in thought. He is wondering about the meaning of Christmas. When Pocket sees a trail of tiny footprints he decides to follow them through the snowy woods, hoping that they might ...
Here's a delightful Christmas book with attractive, winter-inspired illustrations--a wonderful gift for a child to find beneath the Christmas tree. It's Christmas morning, and a little rabbit named Pocket is playing in the snow with his brothers and sisters. But when the other rabbits hurry to the skating pond, Pocket stays behind, lost in thought. He is wondering about the meaning of Christmas. When Pocket sees a trail of tiny footprints he decides to follow them through the snowy woods, hoping that they might lead him to discover Christmas's meaning. Pocket follows the footprints all the way to a cozy cottage, and it is there, on the cottage doorstep that his Christmas wish comes true. Beautiful color illustrations on every page perfectly capture the mood of this gentle Christmas story.
In this poetic story, a young rabbit seeking the meaning of Christmas gets his answer when he follows a trail of children's footprints in the snow. Each stop along the way, including a peek inside the window of a human family's cozy cottage, reveals an aspect of the holiday--"the promise of something new" or "the comfort of home." By the time he hops back to his siblings, Pocket's heart is filled with the true gifts of the season. Wide-open landscapes, adrift in Christmas white, set a peaceful stage for Pocket's quest. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)
- Mary Quattlebaum
Pocket, a brown bunny, searches for the true meaning of Christmas by following the footprints that lead from a snow angel. Along the way, he experiences the love of his rabbit family, the joy of song from trilling birds and the gift of giving by sharing his carrot with a hungry mouse. So many stories about the pleasures of giving sail right over the heads of little ones, but this gentle tale by Ann Bonwill seasons its message with lyrical language and concrete examples. Illustrator Russell Julian captures the vast beauty of the snowy landscape through which the small hero hip-hoppingly quests. Perfect for a cuddly holiday storytime. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A small bunny goes in search of the meaning of Christmas, first asking a snow angel and then following a trail of footprints to a small cottage, where some children give him a carrot. Along the way, Pocket comes across a bird singing with the "joy of song," a pine tree whose soft fallen needles feel "like the comfort of home," and other gifts of the season, but it isn't until Pocket shares his carrot with a hungry mouse that he finds what he is looking for. The full-page illustrations, depicting snowy outdoor scenes in muted cream and lavender tones, make round, brown Pocket look all the more cozy. There are too many words and not enough action to suit very young listeners, but the bunny's holiday quest has a quiet appeal for older preschoolers.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
When his curiosity is piqued by the sight of a snow angel, a little rabbit traipses through the snowy countryside in search of the meaning of Christmas. Pocket sees "the love of family" in his fellow rabbits' smiles, hears "the joy of song" in a bird's chirps and so forth; all these phrases sound lovely but cannot possibly illuminate the ignorant rabbit. Finally, the cold, wet rabbit plods up to a cabin inside of which a family has gathered around a tree—and outside of which a baby wood mouse shivers. Pocket shares the carrot the family has just given him and suddenly understands the meaning of Christmas. Just how Pocket even knows Christmas exists never comes clear; this book just enjoys its assumptions without interrogating their logic. The soft-focus illustrations are as syrupy as the self-congratulatory text. (Picture book. 3-6)
Ann Bonwill grew up in Maryland. As the daughter of a librarian, she was always surrounded by books. After she earned a psychology degree at the College of William and Mary, her social work took her to schools and hospitals. She worked with children with autism, and subsequently taught at a Montessori school. Inspired by her Montessori students, she began writing books for children. She currently lives in Germany with her husband, their son, and their beloved pet dog.
Russell Julian is both an author and an illustrator of children's books, with many titles to his credit. He lives and works in England.