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Astro Bunnies
Loomis, Christine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Astro Bunnies take rockets into space, explore, and return home.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 46588.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 24241 Guided reading level: NR.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Slip on silver suits with pockets, climb up stairs to shiny rockets. Looking suspiciously like toddlers in "feety" pajamas, these inquisitive bunnies launch their rockets and zoom away. Measuring comets and gathering moondust is nothing compared to floating weightless and meeting the three-eared bunnies from another planet! But no matter where astro bunnies roam, they will always come back home, especially when it's time to snuggle down for the night. A lilting, refreshing alternative to earthbound bedtime books, this new collaboration features art by an award-winning artist who has an uncanny ability to create the most sophisticated, childlike world you've ever seen.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Economy is important when it comes to picture-book rhyme--especially in a book written for the very, very young. Loomis skillfully engages the power of brevity in this delightful bunny trip into outer space. "Astro bunnies / See a star / Think they'd like to / Go that far," she writes on the first page. And zoom! They're off in a twinkling. Eitan's minimalist black, yellow, and blue illustrations, sprinkled with stars, are a good match for this simple, hare-raising story, which is sure to become "read it again" material even for the most discerning preschoolers. --Kelly Milner Halls

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The creators of Cowboy Bunnies (Putnam, 1997) present another bunny endeavor of enormous proportions. "Astro bunnies/See a star/Think they'd like to/Go that far," and off they go, propelled by a jaunty, rhyming verse that has the same rhythm as "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star." In this bunny world, a crew of straight-faced, long-eared creatures mans the ground controls, while others suit up and board a tall rocket. Once in space, the astronauts see the sights, gather scientific information, walk on a planet, and befriend space bunnies. The illustrations, a mixture of gouache and computer techniques, are just right. Using bold, predominantly dark colors, they show each step of the journey, allowing readers to come along. "Rockets stand so/Straight and tall/Bunnies on the ground/Look small" gets a sideways double-page spread that shows a group of tiny rabbits looking in awe at a large, white object, while gold and green spotlights shimmer in the background. The view of the rocket launch is broken up into 12 squares that resemble television screens, giving an impression of motion and excitement. Everything about this mission is fun, right up to the satisfying ending: "Yet wherever/Bunnies go/There is one thing/They all know/Rockets fly and/Rockets roam/But bunnies ALWAYS/Come back home."-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.