Title: How to Be a Bigger Bunny
Author & Illustrator: Florence and Wendell Minor
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, 2017
Themes: being the smallest, standing out, adventure, wordplay
Tickles the bunny yawned.
It was time to get out of bed.
She called to her bunny family:
But nobody answered.
Tickles, the smallest bunny in her family and her siblings often forget to include her in their outdoor, bunny adventures. Tickles tries not to let it bother her and because she loves to read and keeps busy with her favorite books and new stories, Never Give Up, How to Be a Pirate and How to Think Your Way Out of Tricky Places. When Tickles the bunny’s family goes on an adventure without her, Tickles reads her book, How to Be a Bigger Bunny, and ends up on an adventure of her own. When she finds her furry family in trouble, she must become a bigger bunny and save the day.
Why I like this book:
I love wordplay and layers in a story, even for the very young, and Florence achieves this masterfully here. The title contains a wonderful double meaning that kids will get and of course, the three stories Tickles reads provide immediate answers to her immediate questions about saving her siblings. Stories so often meet our needs.
The simple sentences, pacing, repetition and mix of narrative, action and dialogue make this a read aloud that should grip even the tiniest listener. Tickles is of course adorable, as are Wendell’s characteristically warm nature illustrations.
Ask children how the three stories Tickles reads might be applicable to situations in which they have found themselves.
Check out my interview with Wendell Minor.
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