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Rabbit's wooly sweater
Birchall, Mark, 1955-
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 2001.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Because she and her toy rabbit Mr. Cuddles always do everything together, Rabbit does not want to wear her new sweater unless he has one as well.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 46606.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Rabbit and Mr. Cuddles, her stuffed bunny, are best friends. They do everything together. When Aunty Ethel comes to visit, she brings Rabbit a wooly sweater to wear, but Rabbit refuses to wear it unless Mr. Cuddles has one too. Through humorous, pastel-hued illustrations, discover how Mr. Cuddles gets his sweater, and how Rabbit loses hers.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

British illustrator Birchall (The Wrong Overcoat) offers a cheerful tale of a young rabbit and her constant companion, a stuffed blue bunny named Mr. Cuddles. When Aunty Ethel knits Rabbit a pink, striped sweater, Rabbit wants to know where Mr. Cuddle's sweater is: "He wants one just like mine," she announces. Disappointed that there is no second sweater, she carelessly throws the new garment on the ground while she plays outside. After the sweater takes a spin in the washing machine, it shrinks to a size that fits Mr. Cuddles perfectly, which makes Rabbit change her mind and comment, "Hmmm.... I want one too." Birchall's brightly hued cartoons provide sharp-eyed readers with clues that will help them predict the tale's conclusion. His ambiguous depictions of Mr. Cuddles let audiences decide whether to see him as a toy or through Rabbit's eyes, as an independent character. Ages 3-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Birchall uses ink-and-watercolor to illustrate this story of Rabbit and her best buddy, Mr. Cuddles, a small, blue stuffed animal. When Aunty Ethel presents her niece with a hand-knit sweater, Rabbit blurts out, "Where's Mr. Cuddles's present?" At the park she sheds the sweater so Mr. Cuddles won't feel underdressed as they play on the slide and join friends in a lively soccer game. The garment becomes soiled on the ground, but Rabbit dutifully takes it home when play is over. As it spins in the washing machine, readers see it shrink until it's just the right size to fit the tiny toy. Seeing him looking so smart in his new wooly sweater, Rabbit decides that she might need one after all. The ending is revealed in the illustrations. The text is minimal, but the pictures are brimming with fun and lots of homey detail. The moment that Birchall captures as the young rabbit takes her head shot to score a goal in the soccer game expresses the fun of a game among friends that the text does not explore. Good for small storytimes or, even better, for home reading where a child may better follow Mr. Cuddles's doings in each scene.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.