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Quiet Bunny

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.

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

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

From the Publisher
"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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781454908593
Publisher:
Sterling Children's Books
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Pages:
30
Sales rank:
460,439
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.72(d)
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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