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Bunny School: A Learning Fun-for-All Hardcover – July 5, 2005

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–The young rabbits from Bunnies on the Go (2003) and Bunny Christmas (2004, both HarperCollins) head off to Cottontail School. From walking into the classroom with Mom to packing-up time at the end of the day, these bunnies engage in many delightful and exciting activities. Rhyming verses describe show-and-tell, learning time, music, recess, snack time, science, a field trip, art, storytime, etc. Miglio's colorful pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations capture all the action. Children will enjoy viewing the detailed illustrations and discovering the interesting places and people they will encounter during their first year of school.–Ely M. Anderson, Erikson Institute, Chicago
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PreS-K. Welcome to the first day at Cottontail School, where dressed bunnies quickly adjust to their new routine: show-and-tell, learning time, music time, recess, snack time, science, field trip to a fire station, art time, play time, cleanup, and stories. Like a real first day of school, it's impossibly packed with new experiences. For the armchair traveler to the kindergarten classroom, though, it works quite well to show the variety of pleasant things that a preschooler can look forward to. The rhythmic, rhymed couplets roll along cheerfully, pointing out particulars of the day's activities. Large in scale and quite detailed, the colorful artwork offers plenty of opportunities for young children to observe a variety of bunnies enjoying their big day at school. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Learning Fun for All
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060575085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060575083
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Walton first thought of writing for children when his high school English teacher, Joyce Nelson, told him that a story he had written for the class would make a good children's book. But it wasn't until after he had dabbled in business, law, teaching, software design, and almost every other career in the book, he finally realized that writing for kids was one of the few things that he both enjoyed and was good at. Since then Rick has had over ninety books published. His works include picture books, riddle books, activity books, mini-mysteries, a collection of poetry, and educational and game software. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, Reading Rainbow, and on CBS This Morning. Rick teaches university courses on picture book writing and on the children's book publishing industry.

You can find out more about Rick at www.rickwalton.com, and at www.rickcreation.com.

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Bunny School takes the reader through a full school day with a classroom full of cute little rabbits. The story is written in rhyming verse, so it's a lot of fun to read and it has a nice 'beat'. The rhyming is very nicely done. The story does not feature one single main character, rather, the story takes you through all of the activities that the bunnies do together as a class.

I like the way the story is told. It could have come off as impersonal because the story is not told through a main character's point of view -- it is basically a narration giving a general overview of the school day. But to the contrary, the artwork adds such expressiveness to the characters and imbues each with such personality, that you feel like you are following each individual bunny's progress throughout their day.

The art appears to be done in colored pencil and watercolor, and proves to be a great marriage of the two. I like how the bunnies features and bodies are really truly "bunny"-like, but they still have a sense of whimsy and fantasy about them - sort of in the Beatrix Potter school of bunny, but with a style all their own. Design-wise, the illustrations also take up the ENTIRE spread on each page, save for the overlaid curved-edged box containing each spreads' text. So many books these days have designs that intermingle the art and the text. While I enjoy these types of books, for my money there's nothing like a good ol', old-school, full-page color picture book done in a classic style once in awhile, and Bunny School delivers this.

The compositions themselves are really interesting and well thought out. They are easy on the eyes but are deceptively complicated. I am sure it was a lot of work to make them look this interesting. The viewer does not see the labor though.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a mother of three and grandmother of three. But I'm writing to represent a seven-year old child that I once was. Why? Because my favorite book as a child, which I read over and over and over, and memorized, and even sang along with by myself (making up my own melodies to suit the rhythm and words), was a Golden Book of children's POEMS, with realistic colorful illustrations, just as I've found in this book! I agree with the other reviewers, that this would be a great read-aloud book for your little one's preparation to start school, but DON'T STOP THERE at preschool age! I'm going to gift this Bunny book, and probably the other ones in the series, to my six-year-old, first-grade granddaughter (as an Early Reader), because of my fond memories of that book of poetry that I had all those years ago. It's more than fifty-years old now, and I still have it on a shelf above my desk in my office where I write. It's the best way to encourage early readers to READ! Rhyme and beautiful pictures. I wasn't a pre-schooler when my Dad bought it for me. I was old enough to read it myself--second grade. He loved poetry, so he probably couldn't resist buying it for me for that reason. Actually, I memorized most of those poems back then. I was an "only child" with nothing to do but occupy myself, by myself. The poems in the book became my passport to other places to see other people. They included stories about things like a General Store with a tinkly bell hung over the door (my favorite); a policeman called "My Policeman", who was always standing there at the corner of the square; a "...Little Turtle" who caught a mosquito, and he caught a flea, He caught the minnow, but he didn't catch me!".Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Rick Walton has written a sweet and informative book especially for those anxious children heading off to preschool or Kindergarten for the first time.

It is also good for the more experienced child. My little one adores her preschool but is off for the summer. She really misses her class and all the fun things they do--just like the things the bunnies do at their school. The story is very realistic when it comes to an average day. It helps her to relive the happy times she's had in her school and to look forward to another year.

The illustrations by Paige Miglio are heartwarming--very cute and skillfully drawn. Just to let you know the author and illustrator have paired up previously on other bunny books.
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My 21-month old can't get enough of the rhythmic rhyme, detailed illustrations and fun adventure of a bunny's day at school! She will actually sit the entire 5-7 minutes it takes to read the story - amazing. She relates to quite a bit of it, as well, since she spends one morning a week at a "preschool" parents morning out. This book is a great way to show your preschooler that school is fun!
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