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Quiet Bunny

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by Lisa McCue
     
 

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In this beautiful picture book by renowned artist Lisa McCue, Little Bunny discovers the importance—and pleasure—of dancing to your own kind of music.

More than anything, Quiet Bunny loves the sounds of the forest: the birds chirping, the wind whispering shhhhh through the leaves, and, especially, the night song all the rabbits listen to.

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Overview

In this beautiful picture book by renowned artist Lisa McCue, Little Bunny discovers the importance—and pleasure—of dancing to your own kind of music.

More than anything, Quiet Bunny loves the sounds of the forest: the birds chirping, the wind whispering shhhhh through the leaves, and, especially, the night song all the rabbits listen to. But, one day, he wonders: how can I join in? Bunny wanders the woods asking animal after animal—but he just can’t ch-cheet like the cricket, ssssss like the hissing snake, or o-uuuu like the howling wolves. But nothing feels just right—until Quiet Bunny finds the wonderful beat that’s his and his alone.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Maryland author/illustrator Lisa McCue encourages children to attend to the natural world in her vibrantly illustrated tale of a young rabbit in search of his own sound. Quiet Bunny wishes he could join in the night song of his fellow creatures but no matter how hard he tries, he can't make the noise of the hissing snake, hooting owl or whining mosquito. Preschoolers will love following this long-eared lapin through McCue's detailed meadow and woods and finding—and chiming in with—all the crickets, woodpeckers and frogs hidden therein. And they will have a great time imitating Quiet Bunny's foot-tapping thump-thump when he finally discovers just the right sound for him. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Publishers Weekly

In the first book that McCue (who has illustrated several Corduroy books) has both written and illustrated, a plush-looking little rabbit who loves the sounds of the forest, discovers, after some fits and starts, that he too has something to offer. McCue's textual cues, which encourage audience participation, are the hook here: "First the cricket, ch-cheet ch-cheet ch-cheet.... And the tiny mosquitoes, nNNnnnnnnnNnnn." More imitations are encouraged when, over the course of the next day, Quiet Bunny surveys his friends in search of possible signature sounds-none of which he's equipped to make. Only when an owl advises, "Be whoooooo you are," does Quiet Bunny discover his inner Thumper as he leaps onto a log. McCue employs language and conceits that are mushy and overly familiar-it's only his aural fixation that saves Quiet Bunny from being something of a wuss. But the author's idyllic settings and canny sense of story-time dynamics should make this one a favorite. Ages 4-6. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Quiet Bunny "loves the sounds of the forest" and goes on a quest to find one he can make. After he tries to imitate a bird, bull frog, bat, cricket, and more, an owl advises him: "Be whoooooo you are, and you will find your own bunny sound." The lovely, large paintings depict a cuddly, fuzzy-looking bunny wandering through the woods. At last, his "tHUmP-da-DUM, tHUMP" draws the equally appealing denizens to him on a moonlit night, the scene depicted in a foldout spread. The text is full of onomatopoeic words, often incorporated into the illustrations, creating a pleasing link between story and picture. The message is obvious but not pedantic. This book is a natural read-aloud, allowing kids to join in the telling of the story.-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY

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"The text is full of onomatopoeic words, often incorporated into the illustrations, creating a pleasing link between story and picture . . . a natural read-aloud, allowing kids to join in the telling of the story" —School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402757198
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
274,459
Product dimensions:
9.82(w) x 11.48(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


Illustrator Lisa McCue's beautifully detailed illustrations have been published in more than 200 books and her art has frequently been selected for exhibition by the Society of Illustrators. Lisa lives with her husband and two sons in Maryland, where she still enjoys creating charming characters and beautiful natural settings to enliven stories for children.

Sterling has published all three of Lisa's Quiet Bunny picture books, the first books that she both wrote and illustrated. To learn more, visit Lisa at fuzzytailsbylisamccue.com.

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Quiet Bunny 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Amakins More than 1 year ago
This was just the book I was hoping for. I purchased it first for my niece who has a little trouble with R's and S's! She loved it. It was not like her other speech books, this was fun! And a wonderful story. We loved the pictures too! If this is Ms. McCue's first book, I say amazing and that she should get right back to it! Or may I say, "write" back to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! I have three young children and they all enjoy this story. Two of my children have speech delays, and this book has a great use of sounds. I'm giving it to all of their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day, I think it will make a great addition to their classroom libraries. It's a must have:-)
story_time_daddy More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully illustrated book with a wonderful message about individuality, self expression and perseverance. Most of all it is fun for the whole family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read some of the reviews for QUIET BUNNY and thought it sounded adorable. IT IS!!! My kids (2&5) LOVE this book, I must have read it a thousand times already. They never tire of it nor do I. The art is beautiful, the story is wonderful, We look forward to reading it every night. I highly recommend QUIET BUNNY
Valerie27 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a one-year old. It's a wonderful story of Quiet Bunny trying to find his very own sound or voice, if you will. His cricket friend has his own special sound, his little bird friend has her own special sound, the frog has his own special sound, etc. After trying and trying Quiet Bunny finally finds his own special sound when he stumbles on a log and makes a "thump" sound. He is so excited to have his very own sound and celebrates with his friends.
CdnSteve More than 1 year ago
This utterly engaging and charming story is a perfect "read to me" opportunity for a Grandfather like me. I bought my copy a little too early -- my granddaughtes are just under two, and are a little antsy to sit through it right now. They're getting more accustomed to sitting and having me read to them, and this is the perfect book. It probably would work best for a child 3 to 4 years old and up. Outstanding illustrations, gentle yet teaching story, great moral to the yarn. Good opportunities for the reader to inject some sound effects. No question: I recommend this book highly.
SuperMomwithKnow More than 1 year ago
Quiet Bunny is a MUST READ. I am a mother of 2 kids (4 & 7). Both my kids love Quiet Bunny. My son (4), hops around making the animal sounds while we read it. He begs to read it over and over. My daughter loves the artwork and the concept that Quiet Bunny is finding his own unique sound and identity. And, as a Psychologist, I feel the message that Quiet Bunny puts forth is very important. The illustrations are colorful and enchanting, and Quiet Bunny is, (as my son would say), "HE'S SOOOOO CUTE!" We all get emence pleasure from reading this darling and educational book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book recently for a project at college. This book's illustrations are gorgeous! They make you feel as if you are part of the woodland animals also. The story is great also. It has a wonderful message. Perfect as an Easter gift or just because.
Ilene4 More than 1 year ago
This is a a really nice story. It has a wonderful message for Easter and it has beautiful pictures. The one problem with it is that it doesn't respond correctly on my Nook. The pages take a couple of taps to turn and sometimes I get a black screen while the picture is loading. The print of the story is very small. It might be okay for my grandkids but I had to enlarge the print to read it. I give it 5 stars for the story but I give it 3 stars for the way it works on my Nook. Too bad--it is a beautiful story.
baba2 More than 1 year ago
This is a very sweet book, but my two grandsons (2 & 4) don't like it at all. No matter how I try to entice them by having them make the sounds, reading it dramatically, or making silly animal sounds, they will only read a few pages with me and will ask for a different book. This is one of the few books they won't read with me, and I can't explain why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells a little different story. It is interesting to kids aan.d adults. I think you will like it.
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Alayne-Kay-Christian More than 1 year ago
When visiting my long-distance granddaughter last spring, I found "Quiet Bunny" on her bookshelf. The story is captivating and inspirational. The illustrations of nature are amazing, and I don't think the animals could get any cuter. As a writer, nature lover, and a person who appreciates quality illustrations, I fell in love with this book. The Quiet Bunny loves the sound of the forest. In the morning, he listens to happy birds singing, and in the afternoon he hears the sound of rustling leaves going shhhhhhhhh in the breeze. However, his favorite time is when the sun goes down. He closes his eyes and spreads his ears wide to listen as a chorus of mosquitoes and bullfrogs, a cricket, an owl, a snake, and a wolf sing their night song. Quiet Bunny longs to join in but no sound comes out when he tries. The next day he goes from animal to animal trying to learn how to make sound. He attempts to imitate their sound-making techniques with no success. Along the way, with the help of an owl, Quiet Bunny learns that he can find his own sound - all he has to do is be who he is. He works to figure out who he is until without even trying he finds his own sound. This book offers peaceful bedtime reading as well as an opportunity for a child to read along making a variety of sounds. The copyright page of Quiet Bunny explains that Lisa McCue was inspired by a speech language pathologist to create this interactive story that targets sounds that are instrumental for early speech development and pre-reading/reading skills. She has done a phenomenal job of achieving what she set out to do. The sounds, the story, and the illustrations are a perfect combination to capture a child's attention and encourage interaction. Then, there is the added bonus of the wonderful message of `Be who you are.' This is a lesson that all young children and many adults can benefit from.
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amyjuras More than 1 year ago
My niece was having troubles with her speech. I had been told by a friend of mine that this book was great for that purpose, you read it with your child. I bought it for her. It is by far her favorite book! And she doesn't even know it is educational. The pictures are so adorable you can almost feel the animal's fur through Ms. McCue's artwork. I wish there were more books like this.