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Bunny's first spring
Lloyd-Jones, Sally, 1960- , author.
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zonderkidz, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Puzzled and even frightened by seasonal changes, a little rabbit discovers the joy of the return of spring.
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When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying. In bestselling author's Sally Lloyd-Jones' latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail's whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones' inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature's rebirth.

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Booklist Review

A Martin Luther quote ends this book, reminding readers that God has written the promise of new life in every springtime leaf. But in the beginning, there is a bunny, born in the spring, who sees that the earth is new, like me. As other newly born animals take their first steps or fly from the nest, the bunny notices the beauty of the world. As the seasons change, the bunny becomes attuned to the cycle of life, though, at times, it frightens him: the world seems to be dying before his eyes. And Yet-And Yet! the woodpecker taps. Sure enough, after a winter's sleep, the bunny understands that life can be resurrected from apparent death, and the sun's warmth can return to gladden hearts. McPhail's ink-and-watercolor artwork displays both the innocence and concern that come as the bunny begins to understand that the world is complicated, and it culminates in the joy of fresh beginning. Although this can be read on a secular level, young Christian children will see overtones of the Jesus story in Lloyd-Jones' comforting words.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lloyd-Jones (Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing) uses the cycle of the seasons to offer a reassuring story about change. A bunny is born in spring and hops through summer until the days grow short, animals scatter, and trees lose their leaves, which frightens the young rabbit ("And the white frost bit the earth./ And turned it to stone"). After sleeping through winter (the bunny is seen snoozing in his burrow), the natural world awakens: "Up through cracks in the ground-came bright green shoots!" The book ends with a paraphrased quote from Martin Luther about God's promise of new life. McPhail's Peter Rabbit-esque illustrations make the story; his soft lines fill in details of fur and feathers, and his muted palette intimates the hush of bedtime. Lloyd-Jones's narrative rhythm is odd; some lines rhyme, while others do not, which might throw off the pacing of some readalouds. Smart older readers might notice that the story actually contains two spring seasons, which could make for good conversation about the repeated cycle of the seasons. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-When Bunny arrives in the world, it is teeming with life. Lambs, little chicks, and even songbirds building nests add to the excitement. As days pass, crops and baby animals grow. But eventually the young rabbit's coat gets thicker and the apple tree loses its leaves. Bunny is worried and he asks, "Are you sick?" More changes are in the air, too. The bunny thinks, "The beautiful earth must be dying." A woodpecker and an owl try to reassure the bunny, and so does the plant life that looks withered or gone. For example, the lost flowers croon a message of hope. They try and let the bunny know they aren't gone forever. Eventually, he snuggles into the burrow with his parents. When he wakes up, the world is alive again. The story ends with a paraphrased quote from theologian Martin Luther, "God has written the promise of new life not just in books alone but in every leaf in springtime." McPhail captures the beauty of the seasons in vibrant greens, yellows, and other colors. His paintings set the lovely tone of the story. Most of the images of the little bunny are realistically drawn, yet he conveys emotion that a child can glean. For example, his facial expressions show his joy in spring and confusion in fall. VERDICT This seasonal story will have broad appeal for preschool teachers as well as young children and their parents.-Robin Sofge, Alexandria Library, VA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.