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The House of 12 Bunnies

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Part hidden-pictures book and part bedtime story, this cheerful tale encourages young readers to put their brains to work. In the house of 12 bunnies it is nearly bedtime, but Sophia has lost something. Throughout the day she searches through the kitchen cupboards with 5 cups, 4 plates, and 2 bowls; in the bathroom with 4 spotted towels, 5 striped ones, and 1 with a hole in it; even in the bedroom with 4 bunk beds, 3 cots, and one trundle bed. Finally Sophia finds her treasure: a cozy bedtime story to put the ...

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Overview

Part hidden-pictures book and part bedtime story, this cheerful tale encourages young readers to put their brains to work. In the house of 12 bunnies it is nearly bedtime, but Sophia has lost something. Throughout the day she searches through the kitchen cupboards with 5 cups, 4 plates, and 2 bowls; in the bathroom with 4 spotted towels, 5 striped ones, and 1 with a hole in it; even in the bedroom with 4 bunk beds, 3 cots, and one trundle bed. Finally Sophia finds her treasure: a cozy bedtime story to put the snuggly bunnies to sleep.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The comfy, Victorian-style house of 12 bunnies is the place to be for those who translate “bedtime” very loosely. Though it’s “nearly bedtime” at the open of this seek-and-find outing, first published in Australia, the bouncy bunnies still have plenty of time for adventure. They prepare and eat a snack in the kitchen and dining room, perform a concert in the living room, romp in the playroom, race around the garden, and explore the attic—all before settling into their bedtime routine. In each spread, mother-daughter authors Stills and Stills-Blott list 12 objects pictured in the art (“In the playroom there are 5 teddy bears, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 duck, and a giraffe with the stuffing coming out”) and note that one bunny, Sophia, is searching for something she has lost (“Sophia rummages among the toys”). While readers are counting up items and poring over the pages for Sophia’s treasure, they will recognize the boundless energy and creative play of Rossell’s expressive and irrepressibly cute rabbits. Her airy pencil and watercolor scenes bubble with activity. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Sophia, one of 12 bunnies, has lost something, but what could it be? With each page turn, readers explore a room with her and look for the items mentioned in the text that relate to it. For example, "In the kitchen there are 5 cups, 4 plates, 2 bowls, and a mug without a handle. Sophia hunts through the cupboards." The spread features all the bunnies scampering and playing in the kitchen. There are more than enough details in each setting for a good challenge. The sweet illustrations have soft lines and cozy hues. Sophia finally finds what she is looking for when the 12 snuggly bunnies are tucked under the covers with one special story for all to enjoy. A lovely counting book cum bedtime story.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Twelve adorable bunnies, each with a different color or pattern of fur, play together in their rambling Victorian house in this sweet counting book. Soft-focus watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are filled with traditional toys and cozy furniture, with each spread focusing on a different room of the house. The simple text for each room presents a list of 12 related items to search for, such as "7 buckets, 2 brooms, 2 mops, and a duster without any feathers." One of the bunnies, a pure-white charmer named Sophia, is too busy to interact with her siblings because she is searching in each room for a mysterious lost item. Sophia finds the missing item (a book) under her quilt, and the final pages depict all 12 bunnies cuddled up together as Sophia reads to her brothers and sisters. Preschoolers who are learning to count will enjoy finding all the named items and counting up all the bunnies in each room. Budding mathematicians will find other sets of 12 cleverly incorporated in the illustrations: 12 toothbrushes, 12 bunny portraits and 12 windows in the house. A pleasant way to practice counting skills, with additional beginning math concepts quietly woven into both text and illustrations. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823424221
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.92 (w) x 9.83 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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