Rabbit's Good News


Rabbit leaves her warm dark burrow and discovers that spring has come.

Rabbit leaves her warm dark burrow and discovers that spring has come.

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Rabbit leaves her warm dark burrow and discovers that spring has come.

Rabbit leaves her warm dark burrow and discovers that spring has come.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Smiling rabbits on uncluttered double-page spreads enhance the appeal of this natural for spring-themed story hours." Booklist, ALA
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sweetness and simplicity mark Bornstein's (The Dancing Man; Little Gorilla) tale of an inquisitive bunny who rises from her ``warm dark hole in the ground'' to trace the origin of a mysterious ``soft green sound.'' Gently scumbled pastels saturate each spread with a rainbow of colors, with the blue tones of predawn giving way to the pink of sunrise and the vibrant yellow and orange of midday. While limiting the images along Rabbit's quest (three mushrooms against a yellow-green meadow, a single bee half hidden in a vivid blossom), Bornstein deftly suggests sweeping vistas. She creates a kid-pleasing tone of suspense, too, as Rabbit gradually approaches her elusive goal (``She could almost hear the words now''). Particularly striking is the spread on which she is (literally) enlightened: her beaming countenance, filling the right-hand page, almost matches the radiance of a blazing sun, opposite. This good news embraces not only Rabbit, but readers too. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
The vivid pastels tell the story in this picture book. A rabbit comes out of his hole to discover the joys of spring. Young children will delight in the simple text and the pastel illustrations. This could be a wordless picture book in which the text is unnecessary. The beautiful drawings tell the story.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A small brown rabbit is drawn from the snug hole where she's been curled up with her family by a mysterious ``something'' that is calling her. As she crosses the grassy fields, she greets a blooming flower, a zooming bee, a worm poking up its head from the ground, a baby bird breaking out of its shell, and a swishing butterfly. She sniffs and listens very hard, then hops home to report the news: "`Spring is here.'" The tried-and-true message is expressed with effective simplicity in well-phrased rhythmic language and soft, dreamy double-page spreads in lush pastels. Sweeps of warm, glowing color invoke the burgeoning beauty of the season, and the round-faced, wide-eyed Rabbit has an expression of wondering sweetness as she investigates its little miracles.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This is an unabridged recording of Ruth Lercher Bornstein's book (Clarion, 1995) about a little rabbit who wakes up, leaves her warm, dark burrow, and searches for something she thinks is calling her. When she finally discovers what the sound is, she must tell everyone the good news. Spring has come! Side one includes a frog croaking as the page-turn signal, while side two is an uninterrupted reading. Synthesized music, which gets louder as rabbit gets closer to spring, and some sound effects accompany the reading. The book and cassette will have to be repackaged for library use because small hands will have difficulty getting the book in and out of the "carry along" case. An additional purchase for school and public libraries.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395845141
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Lercher Bornstein has written and illustrated numerous books for Clarion, including The Dancing Man, Little Gorilla, Rabbit’s Good News, and most recently That’s How it is when We Draw . A painter and longtime folk dancer, Ruth lives in Santa Monica, California.

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