From Publishers Weekly
Jeram covers familiar ground in this sweet tale of a lost bunny rescued by his mother. Echoes of Margaret Wise Brown reverberate throughout, both in the use of repetition ("The more Bunny looked for his friends and his mommy the more lost and the more lost and the more lost he became") and in the inclusion of a little ditty that Bunny and his friends, Miss Mouse and Little Duckling, are wont to sing: "We're the little Honeys/ A little Honey is sweet./ Quack quack, squeak squeak,/ Thump your GREAT BIG feet!" In a bit of visual deja vu, Jeram reprises the artistic style employed so successfully in her illustrations for Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You, again hewing to a soft, woodsy palette of mossy greens and browns, and tucking in the kind of small details?mushrooms, a snail who pops up on nearly every page, a duckling splashing in a puddle?that delight the very young. The humorous moments showcase Jeram at her best, as when Bunny, in his search for his mother, parts the fronds of a fern and peers quizzically through. While the path is well worn, the trek is a comfortable one, and the conclusion will elicit smiles all around. Ages 2-5.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1?This overly sweet picture book by the illustrator of Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995) once again attempts to show the strength of parental love. Little Bunny is obviously well cared for by his adoring mother, who calls him "Bunny, my Honey." During a game with Miss Mouse and Little Duckling, Bunny wanders off and becomes lost. Frightened, he calls for Mommy, who, of course, is also searching for him. Despite the reassuring conclusion, the story is slight and the narration has a precious tone. Young readers may question why Mommy Rabbit also calls Miss Mouse and Little Duckling her "little Honeys." The illustrations are endearing, but not enough to compensate for the narrative flaws. The McBratney book and Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942) are better choices.?Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
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