Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish

Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish

by Margarita Engle, David Walker
     
 

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Tiny rabbit dreams of growing as big as the forest and as tall as the trees, yet no matter how hard he wishes, he stays the same small size. But in a jungle filled with beasts both big and small, perhaps being tiny is just right! Inspired by the rhythms and humor of Afro-Cuban folktales, award-winning author Margarita Engle wrote this charming picture

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Tiny rabbit dreams of growing as big as the forest and as tall as the trees, yet no matter how hard he wishes, he stays the same small size. But in a jungle filled with beasts both big and small, perhaps being tiny is just right! Inspired by the rhythms and humor of Afro-Cuban folktales, award-winning author Margarita Engle wrote this charming picture book in honor of every child's favorite springtime animal.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/06/2014
A little rabbit yearns to be bigger (“He wished for a nose as long as an elephant’s trunk... and he wished for a tail as gigantic as a mountain”), but the only things really growing are his “two long, tall, powerful ears to help him hear every loud or quiet sound in the forest.” Tiny quickly realizes that these disproportionate body parts, coupled with his diminutive size, offer a distinct and even life-saving advantage in his ecosystem. Although this book opens like an ordinary animal tale, Newbery Honoree Engle (The Surrender Tree) and Walker (Boom! Boom! Boom!) soon prove that they are subtle storytellers—this “small is beautiful” volume offers readers real food for thought. Walker’s saturated, velvety acrylic pictures are inventively framed and strike an intriguing balance between sweet and sly; even the typography gets in on the act, with shifts in size and color that underscore the narration’s comic empathy. A sensitive reminder that talents and abilities come in all shapes and, yes, sizes. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

"Engle's rich adjectives and repetition make this an enjoyable read aloud."
School Library Journal

"A sensitive reminder that talents and abilities come in all shapes and, yes, sizes."
Publishers Weekly

"Engle delivers here a nifty life lesson in valuing what you have."
Booklist

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Tiny rabbit is not happy about his size. In his dreams, he envisions having "legs as tall as trees and eyes the size of moons." He longs for a nose like an elephant and a tail that resembles a snowy mountain. As time passes, his body doesn't grow much, but his ears do. When he realizes what his long ears allow him to hear, Rabbit begins to appreciate his body and his mind. Engle's rich adjectives and repetition make this an enjoyable read aloud. Walker's summer scenes, rendered in acrylic, show Rabbit interacting with a variety of differently sized animals. This book could easily be turned into a fun flannel board adaptation.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
Like lots of children and lots of picture-book characters, tiny rabbit wants to be big. Very big. The little brown bunny wants to be "as huge / as the forest / with legs as TALL / as trees / and eyes the size / of moons." He describes other animals and natural structures of gigantic size, but despite his intense wishes, he remains small. As time passes, he does grow in stature (slightly), but after he focuses on wishing to be powerful like a gorilla, he does grow in an important way. His ears grow much longer, giving him the power to hear "every loud / or quiet / SOUND / in the forest." Tiny rabbit can enjoy sounds both loud and soft, and he can notice the sounds of hungry lions and escape back to his rabbit den, "ENORMOUSLY / happy / to be smart and… / small." Acrylic paintings of tiny rabbit's environment are filled with jolly, smiling animals, although the huge lion does lick his lips in a slightly sinister way. The short text is integrated within the illustrations, with words indicating size set in different colors and varied types. Though the story isn't particularly revolutionary, tiny rabbit is an appealing character with an imagination that outstrips his diminutive size. Tiny Rabbit should be introduced to David Kirk's Oh So Tiny Bunny (2013), which also successfully explores the same theme. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544302488
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her many acclaimed books include Silver People, The Lightning Dreamer, The Wild Book, and The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book. She is a several-time winner of the Pura Belpré and Américas awards, as well as other prestigious honors. She lives with her husband in Northern California. For more information, visit www.margaritaengle.com.

David Walker has illustrated a number of books for young readers including Peep and Ducky; No More, Por Favor; Before You Were Mine; and Flip, Flap, Fly. A former art director for Hallmark, David now lives with his family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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