So Many Bunnies Board Book: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book

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Overview

Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe. She had twenty-six children and knew what to do.

From Abel, who sleeps on a table, to Zed who sleeps on the shed, help Mother Rabbit tuck a whole alphabet of adorable little bunnies in for the night.

In this updated nursery rhyme, the old lady who lived in the shoe has twenty-six children, one for each letter of the alphabet.

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Overview

Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe. She had twenty-six children and knew what to do.

From Abel, who sleeps on a table, to Zed who sleeps on the shed, help Mother Rabbit tuck a whole alphabet of adorable little bunnies in for the night.

In this updated nursery rhyme, the old lady who lived in the shoe has twenty-six children, one for each letter of the alphabet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this riff on the Mother Goose tale about the old woman in the shoe, a family of 26 bunny children whose names all begin with a different letter in the alphabet are used to teach ABCs and 1, 2, 3s. "The artwork is chock-full of cozy details and possesses a Victorian flair," wrote PW. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
So Many Bunnies does double-duty. It gets kids hip-hopping into Easter as well as into National Poetry Month, celebrated each April. Rick Dalton's ingenious rhyming text weaves alphabet and counting lessons into a sweet tale of Old Mother Rabbit who lived in a shoe. Unlike her human counterpart, Mother Rabbit knows just what to do and where to tuck her twenty-six sleepy darlings, from "1 was named Abel./He slept on the table" to "26 was named Zed./He slept on the shed." Paige Miglio's soft-toned watercolors are a lovely complement to this lullaby.
Children's Literature - Deborah Palgon
"Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe. She had twenty-six children and knew what to do." So begins this gentle bedtime ABC and counting book. Rhyming, repetitive text along with bright watercolor paintings will make this an enjoyable book for both toddlers as well as early readers.
School Library Journal
PreSOld Mother Rabbit lives in a shoe, but unlike her famous predecessor, she knows exactly what to do with her 26 offspring. After feeding them broth and carrots, she puts them all to bed in some rather strange places, leading readers through her house and garden as well as the alphabet: "1 was named Abel. He slept on the table. 2 was named Blair. She slept in a chair." The repetition of the exact same phrasing may get a little tiresome for adults reading aloud, but children will enjoy guessing where each rabbit sleeps. The napping places range from the fairly ordinary (chair, pillow) to the whimsical (trike, sink, trellis, bowl). The large, soft watercolor illustrations of cuddly bunnies, each with a distinct personality, will carry well in a group and are rich with clever details: carrot wallpaper, bunny dolls, and rabbit-shaped bedposts. The final two-page painting, in which all of the youngsters hop into bed with their mother, provides children with the opportunity to guess which bunny is which. Comforting and cozy, this attractive title is a good choice for pajama storytimes.Dawn Amsberry, Oakland Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
"Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe./She had twenty-six children and knew what to do." Following that introduction Mother Rabbit proceeds to put her children to bed in alphabetical order, beginning with "1 was named Abel/He slept on the table" to "26 was named Zed/He slept on the shed." The children settle down in all manner of bedtime perches, from tree branches to tricycles to the kitchen sink├żone conks out on the garden gate. True to their youthful nature, some of the children are doing anything except sleep, scribbling on wallpaper, riding a hobby horse, and engaging in a rousing pillow fight. Miglio's detailed watercolor illustrations of the swarming brood give the story a homey Victorian setting while adding plenty of humor. Although the text is inventive and funny, it becomes predictable before the entire alphabet has been covered. A twist ending provides a final, compensating laugh: As the mother settles into her comfortable feather bed, all 26 bunnies abandon their makeshift arrangements and pile in with her. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688173647
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 441,166
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 5.75 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Walton is the author of more than sixty books for children. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife, Ann, and their five children.

Paige Miglio is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked as a designer before becoming a full-time children's book illustrator. She lives with her two children in Milford, Connecticut.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    So Adorable and Engaging!

    This is one my favorite books to give friends and family expecting a new bundle of joy. It is the perfect bedtime book to read with the singsong language becoming its own lullabye. The artwork is completely charming and offers so many little surprises to discover and opportunities to teach new vocabulary to inquisitive toddlers and of course little ones learning to read can practice their ABCs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    lovely

    This book is such a treat for children especially if they are learning to read or count. i remember learning to read this with my mum and the memory means so much to me. i really cherish it among my collection of books and i highly recommended this for young children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    A great bedtime book!

    My 3 1/2 year old daughter is just learning her alphabet, and loves this story. She picks up on the rhyming and on the rhythm of the words. The illustrations are excellent and give you plenty to look at when you want to stop and linger on a page, but the rhymed verses can move you when you want to move...quickly. I love that this book teaches numbers and letters simultaneously. Great read for the little ones!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    Great Board Book!

    This is my favorite children's book. Cute pictures & easy rhymes. I have given it at several baby showers, resulting in favorable comments.

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