Seven Little Bunnies

Seven Little Bunnies

by Julie Stiegemeyer
     
 

It’s bedtime for seven little bunnies, but each bunny is busy having fun! Will they stop? One by one, each bunny gets...cozy, then dozy, then drowsy, then...drops into bed!

Soft illustrations rendered in watercolor by Laura J. Bryant bring this bedtime readaloud to a quiet ending. Count the bunnies as they fall asleep.

Overview

It’s bedtime for seven little bunnies, but each bunny is busy having fun! Will they stop? One by one, each bunny gets...cozy, then dozy, then drowsy, then...drops into bed!

Soft illustrations rendered in watercolor by Laura J. Bryant bring this bedtime readaloud to a quiet ending. Count the bunnies as they fall asleep.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
As bedtime approaches, seven little bunnies show no signs of slowing down. One bunny "thumps a big drum,/ hums and drums with a rum, pum, pum." His brothers and sisters prance around him and pursue other evening distractions. One snacks on a carrot with gusto, one splashes in the tub, and another enjoys a book. In rhyming stanzas that never falter, Stiegemeyer (Gobble Gobble Crash!) describes each restless bunny in turn and wonders, "will he stop?" The answer is always the same, and always appears on the facing page as the antic youngsters give in, one by one, with a repeated, hypnotic "Cozy,/ dozy,/ drowsy... / drop." Bryant (Yummiest Love) pictures the light brown, white-chinned bunnies in unique, identifiable blouses and shorts. As each of them drops off, they pile up in an ever-growing heap, with their long ears and paws floppy and eyes softly closed. Their parents tuck them "snug in bed,/ with Mama's kiss upon each head." Stiegemeyer and Bryant do justice both to the intense energy of children resisting slumber, and the sweet relaxation that eventually follows. Ages 3-8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The seven little bunnies in this book are like all kinds of human children—they suddenly get very busy with playing just as parents announce bedtime. In melodic rhyming couplets, the left hand page of each spread shows one of the little bunnies finding a drum to beat, a dance to practice, or a basketball to dribble; each is so energetic that the narrator wonders "will she stop"—the same answer is repeated on the right hand page by the refrain of "cozy, dozy, drowsy, drop" and a picture of the growing line of bunnies asleep on the floor. When all seven have played themselves out, Mamma and Daddy get them settled snuggling in their beds. Bryant's cuddly bunnies and soft pastel color tones add to the appeal of this as a bedtime book. At the same time, the growing line of bunnies invites practicing a little counting and awareness of the ordinal counting words (first, second, etc). This book is worth adding to home and preschool bookshelves. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—When Mama and Papa say, "Climb in your beds, time to rest your sleepy heads," seven rambunctious rabbits have other ideas in mind. The first little bunny "thumps a big drum,/hums and drums with a rum, pum, pum./Humming, drumming, will he stop?" Bryant's winsome watercolors showcase the busy activities. The quiet refrain of "Cozy,/dozy,/drowsy.../drop" appears on the facing page along with the tuckered bunny fast asleep. In similar rhyming fashion, the nighttime escapades of the other six are presented. As their dancing, snacking, sneezing, splashing, ball playing, and reading fun tires them out, one by one they join their snoozing siblings on the floor. Children will enjoy counting the pajama-clad bunnies in this sweet story.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Booklist
The sounds and action will appeal to young preschoolers in this lively bedtime rhyme that includes a counting exercise. One by one, seven bunnies stop what they are doing, get into bed, and fall asleep. The words and pictures show the contrast between the active fun on the left-hand pages ("Fifth little bunny with a splash in the tub, / dips and dives with a scrub-a-dub-dub") to scenes of falling asleep on the opposite pages, accompanied by the refrain, "cozy, / dozy, / drowsy, / drop." Finally, the bunnies are all sound asleep in bed after Mama and Papa have tucked them in. The words are lively ("munching crunching . . . rum, pum pum"), and as kids chant along, they'll also follow the subtraction and addition as seamless parts of the story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761456001
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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