Tumble Bunnies

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Every child who has ever worried about organized sports will cheer Clyde's innovative solution in a lighthearted story that underscores the true meaning of sportsmanship.

The Sports Spectacular is only a week away, and Clyde is worried. He's sure he won't get chosen for any team — not for the races, not for kickball, and not for T-ball. Then his best friend, Rosemary, tells him she's entering the tumbling event, an option that doesn't require ...

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Overview

Every child who has ever worried about organized sports will cheer Clyde's innovative solution in a lighthearted story that underscores the true meaning of sportsmanship.

The Sports Spectacular is only a week away, and Clyde is worried. He's sure he won't get chosen for any team — not for the races, not for kickball, and not for T-ball. Then his best friend, Rosemary, tells him she's entering the tumbling event, an option that doesn't require any teams! Soon Clyde is practicing his somersaults, hops, and a trick he made up called the twirlyburly. But when something unexpected happens to his friend on the day of the Sports Spectacular, Clyde must find a way to help her — and still go on. Readers who met Clyde in LUNCH BUNNIES, SCIENCE FAIR BUNNIES, and SHOW AND TELL BUNNIES will root for him again through his anxieties and his triumphs in this latest tale from Kathryn Lasky and Marylin Hafner.

Feeling inept in the team sports scheduled for his school's Gymboree, Clyde the rabbit develops his own event, a freestyle tumbling routine with a dazzling move called the "twirly burly."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The long-eared cast of Lunch Bunnies are back for Tumble Bunnies by Kathryn Lasky, illus. by Marylin Hafner, in which Clyde fears he won't be picked to participate in the "Sports Spectacular," until Rosemary convinces him to enter the tumbling event. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Another satisfying tale about a very childlike bunny. The Sports Spectacular is only one week away, and Clyde, who never seems to be chosen for any team, is already getting that "left-out feeling." As time goes by, his anxiety increases, spurred on by the caustic comments of his athletic older brother. Then Clyde's friend Rosemary tells him that she will be performing in the freestyle acrobatic event, which does not involve a team. With her help and the support of Coach Bunnstein, Clyde discovers that his natural talent for tumbling and his strong sense of individualism add up to an innovative trampoline routine that allows him to shine on the big day. Lasky puts her finger on the day-to-day concerns of her target audience, presenting a realistic look at family relationships, friendships, and youngsters' fears and worries. Done in watercolor and ink, the cartoon illustrations include colorful settings of both home and school. Humorous details and warm hues help to keep the tone light. A solid choice for libraries looking for comforting slice-of-life stories.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An insecure little rabbit finds that the air is where he shines. Clyde's unhappiness about the upcoming Sports Spectacular at school is compounded by his older brother's teasing-so much so, in fact, that he starts to think of ways to miss the whole event, to avoid the humiliation of not being chosen for a team. When his friend Rosemary tells him that there will be individual acrobatic events as well as team sports, however, Clyde decides to put his bed-bouncing prowess to the test on the trampoline in a display of "dynamic air tumbling"-with predictably satisfying results. Lasky's rather lengthy text displays a sympathetic understanding of the child psyche; readers, athletic or not, will easily recognize Clyde's insecurities, and they will delight in his triumph. Hafner's amiable ink-and-watercolor illustrations depict a school full of happily middle-class bunnies all going about their sporty business. If it's not a startlingly original setting or plot, it's nevertheless an eminently comfortable one-and there's nothing wrong with that. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763622657
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 600,570
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Lasky is the acclaimed author of more than forty books for children, including VISION OF BEAUTY: THE STORY OF SARAH BREEDLOVE WALKER; and SUGARING TIME, a Newbery Honor Book. She says TUMBLE BUNNIES is "part of the continuing saga of the problems that loom large in the lives of first graders as they try to figure out their world."

Marilyn Hafner loves Clyde and was happy to illustrate another book featuring him. "The stories about him," she says, "have the perfect take on the real fears of children as they start to face the world away from home."

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