Rabbit Pie

Rabbit Pie

by Penny Ives
     
 

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The perfect recipe for bedtime!
Six adorable rabbits are just one ingredient needed for sweet Rabbit Pie! Combine with a sprinkling of kisses and some warm milk for the ideal bedtime story.
Told like a recipe, with delightful illustrations showing the preparations for bedtime, this charming picture book will enchant parents and children alike.  See more details below

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The perfect recipe for bedtime!
Six adorable rabbits are just one ingredient needed for sweet Rabbit Pie! Combine with a sprinkling of kisses and some warm milk for the ideal bedtime story.
Told like a recipe, with delightful illustrations showing the preparations for bedtime, this charming picture book will enchant parents and children alike.

Editorial Reviews

Books for Keeps - Jana Novotny Hunter
A mummy rabbit prepares a ‘Rabbit Pie’ for her little ones at bedtime with a creative blend of bunny ingredients:
‘One game of hide-and-seek
One bath
Six pairs of pyjamas
Six cups of milk
One Story
A sprinkling of soft kisses.’
As the bunnies romp across the pages, Mummy gets them ready for bed. She then leaves them overnight in a soft warm place, ready to wake in the morning to a fresh carrot breakfast, which combined with the bedtime ingredients, makes sweet rabbit pie.
Whilst young readers may be unused to the concept of recipes and ingredients, the message of loving preparations and fun is quite clear. Warm hues and lively characters are skilfully depicted while the action and comic antics displayed make up a great bedtime read.
Kirkus Reviews
A bunny mama helps her six children get ready for bedtime in this British import that was originally published as a full-size picture book. The first double-page spread summarizes the action ahead, as an ingredient list and the subsequent pages illustrate each stage of the "recipe": "First, gather together your ingredients. / One game of hide-and-seek / One bath / Six pairs of pyjamas...." Ives' softly colored art, which looks to be watercolor, is the true attraction here. From hiding in plain sight to squirting toothpaste all over the bathroom, the antics of these chubby bunnies are recognizably toddlerlike. While their mother's saintly patience is a bit unrealistic, she's a comforting presence in her blue, polka-dot dress and pristine apron. The shrunken trim size diminishes the quality of the smaller details, but there are enough delightful images here to make it work reasonably well as a board book. While the bedtime-as-recipe contrivance may be a little sophisticated for toddlers, the cozy charm within these pages makes for a comforting lap read. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)
Publishers Weekly
The title refers not to a recipe that culminates in consuming rabbits (horrors!) but rather to a mother rabbit's playful approach to bedtime. Ives (Mrs. Santa Claus) cooks up some gentle domestic humor from the interplay between the "recipe" that serves as the text and the cozily comic action featured on butter-toned pages. "First, gather together/ your ingredients./ 1 game of hide-and-seek/ 1 bath/ 6 pairs of pajamas," etc. Next, the chef must "find six small rabbits.../ if you can!," which prompts the bunnies' mildly mischievous attempts to hide (one simply puts a pot on top of his head). Several steps later (these include "Gently scrub./ .../ Pat dry,/ dust the bottoms"), the mother lovingly tucks in her young ones, at which point the recipe instructs, "Leave in a warm place until morning." With an inviting framework that parent and child will want to mimic, and its cozy, delicately watercolored scenes, this book will go down as satisfyingly as a warm glass of milk. Ages 2-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mama Rabbit has six little cottontail bunnies to care for and love. As Mama does her chores, they are shown playing with cars, washing toys, reading books, and rolling out dough. They are busy little creatures that then begin to paint, ride horsey, and have a teddy bear party. How will she get them to turn in for the night? Mama has "the perfect recipe for bedtime"--she begins the nighttime ritual of gathering all the ingredients for that special recipe. Then she follows the plan, which includes a warm soapy bath, soft towels, brushing, and dusting with powder. She provides milk and good night kisses before the bunnies are tucked into a warm bed until morning, when they rise to a welcome breakfast of carrots. The watercolor illustrations show a warm and loving Mama and six playful and sweet little bunny siblings. Written as a recipe, the story is just right to serve to toddlers. 2006, Viking/Penguin, Ages 2 up.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-This charming picture book is the perfect recipe for a tranquil bedtime routine. Ives uses the recognizable language of a favorite recipe in collecting all of the reassuring ingredients needed to put six adorable bunnies to bed-a game of hide and seek, a bath, milk, a bedtime story-then follows each comforting step from bath time, "-place in soapy water. Gently scrub. Watch very closely. Fold into a soft towel-and allow to cool down," to bedtime. Each borderless watercolor painting uses soft, warm pastel colors and is an invitation into the mother rabbit's cozy home where her happy bunnies play with their toys, read, and help one another put on their pajamas before snuggling down for the night. A calm mother keeps a strong, watchful eye over her little dears as she tucks them into bed, "sprinkling with kisses." After sleeping "in a warm place until morning," the bunnies are ready for fresh carrots for breakfast to complete the sweet rabbit pie. Serve up this delightful story at evening storyhours with Mem Fox's Time for Bed (Harcourt, 1993) or pore over the homey details for one-on-one sharing.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Books for Keeps
A mummy rabbit prepares a ‘Rabbit Pie’ for her little ones at bedtime with a creative blend of bunny ingredients:

‘One game of hide-and-seek

One bath

Six pairs of pyjamas

Six cups of milk

One Story

A sprinkling of soft kisses.’

As the bunnies romp across the pages, Mummy gets them ready for bed. She then leaves them overnight in a soft warm place, ready to wake in the morning to a fresh carrot breakfast, which combined with the bedtime ingredients, makes sweet rabbit pie.

Whilst young readers may be unused to the concept of recipes and ingredients, the message of loving preparations and fun is quite clear. Warm hues and lively characters are skilfully depicted while the action and comic antics displayed make up a great bedtime read.
— Jana Novotny Hunter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846435133
Publisher:
Child's Play-International
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Series:
Child's Play Library
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
22
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

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