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Five Funny Bunnies: Three Bouncing Tales Hardcover – March 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 8th
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761461140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761461142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Ages 3-8—In “Pie,” Flossie, Homer, Henry, Little George, and Baby Sadie set out on a visit to Grandma, but their rambunctious-ness leads to an unfortunate encounter with a berry pie. In “Tricks,” the siblings try to out do one another by showing off with their scooters, jump ropes and pogo sticks. However, they are upstaged by Baby Sadie, who takes her first hop that day. Finally, in “Naptime,” eldest sister Flossie gets a taste of the frustrations of motherhood when she tries to put the younger ones down for a nap. Wilsdorf uses bright, child-friendly watercolors and inks to adorn the bunnies’ outfits. Her Illustrations are generally realistic and have a touch of whimsy. The book is suitable for independent readers and for group sharing. Children will relate to the simple adventures that these siblings enjoy.School Library Journal, April 2012

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Silly siblings who are hoppy, floppy, droppy, sloppy, and gloppy spend their days playing together, as depicted in three distinct vignettes about pleasant slices of family life. In the first story, these rambunctious rabbits attempt to take a pie to their grandmother, and get a little messy; in the second, they try to outdo each other with their jumping skills, and one unexpectedly impresses them all; and in the third, they let their imaginations run rampant during a pre-nap storytime, with both exciting and sleep-inducing results. The beloved littlest always gets the most attention, and mother is never far away from her exuberant crew. The cartoonlike watercolor-and-ink pictures on square white pages were created by esteemed Swiss illustrator Wilsdorf and are far and away the best part of—and likely even the justification for—the book, as they depict classic picture-book style, humor, and appeal in a whole greater than the sum of five (bunnies) and three (tales). — Andrew Medlar, BOOKLIST March 2012

Customer Reviews

I love reading books to my 2 year old grandson.
KWJ
Each story not only was cute and sweet, but also had a little lesson thrown in here and there -- without the kids knowing they were learning!
Pamela A. Poddany
The illustrations are very colorful and really make the stories come to life.
John Chancellor

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pamela A. Poddany VINE VOICE on December 8, 2012
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FIVE FUNNY BUNNIES: THREE BOUNCING TALES

What I liked about this book for small children is that it is broken down into three separate stories. Each story not only was cute and sweet, but also had a little lesson thrown in here and there -- without the kids knowing they were learning!

We meet the five bunny siblings - Flossie, Henry and Homer who are twins, Little George, and Baby Sadie. Mama Bunny is involved, but mostly this is about the bunny kids. My five year old grand girl, Paige, loved the bunnies because she said THEY WERE JUST LIKE REAL KIDS and she really liked that.

In the first story, PIE, Mama Bunny decides to take her children to visit Grandma Bunny and bakes a pie to take along. What happens along the way to Grandma's house is amusing and made Paige laugh out loud several times! Those silly bunnies!

TRICKS has the bunny kids competing, showing off, and trying to out-do each other. Flossie jumps rope, the twins do tricks on their scooters, but who do you think 'tricks' all of the bunnies with their performance? Read the book and find out!

Flossie the bossy big sister bunny decides to play house with her little brothers and sister in NAP TIME. Flossie discovers that being a mama bunny isn't as easy and she thought it would be. Flossie just can't believe how the little bunnies won't listen to her and do exactly what they want to do, even when they shouldn't be doing certain things.

When I asked Paige why she liked the book so much she said THE BUNNIES ARE LIKE REAL KIDS, GETTING INTO TROUBLE AND PLAYING AND HAVING FUN. BUT THEIR MOM STILL LOVES THEM WHEN THEY ARE BAD KIDS. My thoughts too -- author Jean Van Leeuwen writes with a true sense of family and values and this came across loud and clear in her writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April E. VINE VOICE on December 27, 2012
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My 4 year old son enjoys listening to these cute stories about 5 active bunnies. The pictures are colorful and action-filled. They hold his interest and illustrate the humorous stories perfectly. I wasn't sure if he'd have the attention span to read all 3 stories at once, but he did!

The text of the story isn't too long. The paragraph on each page flows naturally and at a good pace for my 4 year old son. My 2 year old daughter isn't ready for it, and my 8 year old son wouldn't be interested, but it's perfect for my 4 year old and my 6 year old.

The stories are fun, and unique. They aren't pushing a moral or an agenda, but they're also not insanely stupid. I was impressed and liked them much more than I expected to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carina VINE VOICE on December 21, 2012
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Great story to tell at night time. There are three small stories in this book. There is a story about taking a pie to grandma. There is a story about the tricks the bunnies can do and then there is a story where the oldest bunny tells her siblings a story for naptime.

The story called "naptime" was our favorite story. It was funny and cute. The whole book has bright colors which gets my son entranced into it. My son is only 6 months old. So, the stories were a great length to read to him. I just had to be careful because he wanted to hold the book too but it is easy to tear the pages. I think any kid at any age between my sons age and probably 10 would like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Cousino VINE VOICE on December 13, 2012
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This book of silly bouncy bunnies was perfect to enjoy with my 4 year old. The book contains 3 short stories of a family of bunnies and their silly adventures with their siblings and other family members. The stories are just long enough to keep a young child interested and entertained, and wanting to bounce around like a bunny too - be prepared for some activity!

Cute and colorful pictures make this book a pleasure, and although my daughter can't read yet she enjoyed looking through the book herself and making up her own stories to go along with the pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By booklove VINE VOICE on December 10, 2012
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Five Funny Bunnies is a very cute story that will be a great afternoon delight for your kids or even as a bed time story. The story is full of energy and their travel to the grandma's house is a lot of fun. The illustrations are truly wonderful and the story is easy to follow. The book is of good quality and this cute story is certainly well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly K. Lee VINE VOICE on January 18, 2013
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I have to say there isn't much point to these stories. They don't teach great lessons and there is no moral. That being said my toddler absolutely loved the stories and wants to read them all the time. They are cute stories about bunnies getting into trouble and acting like little kids. The illustrations are cute and detailed, it is fun to really explore each page and see what we can find. If you are looking for a fun book to add to your library this is a good pick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on December 14, 2012
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Five Bunnies offers "Three Bouncing Tales" - Pie, Tricks and Nap Time.

The pictures are cute and the stories are such that you can discuss them with your kids, but I found in reading them aloud the cadence of the language was awkward as though the author was forcing things to rhyme instead of feeling that it happened "naturally." On the plus side though, there is a lot of alliteration and rhyming words that the kids may find fun.

In the story Pie I didn't care for one of the lessons though. The bunnies are not listening to Mrs. Rabbit and they fall out of the buggy. She says they are bad little bunnies and tells them not to move a whisker. The pram hits a bump and the berry pie flies and flops into the buggy and it seemed like Mrs. Rabbit was rewarding them for bad behavior. Then they get to grandma's house and get another pie.

The grandchildren liked the last story "Nap Time" the best. They were able to relate to it since they play house all the time.
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Jean Van Leeuwen is the author of more than fifty children's books, including picture books, Easy-to-Read books, and middle-grade fiction. She has won numerous awards, among them the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Massachusetts Honor Book Award, and the Washington Irving Children's Choice Award, as well as many ALA Notable Book citations. Her popular Oliver and Amanda Pig Easy-to-Read series was called "timeless as the truths of childhood" by the New York Times. Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day was a 2006 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.

Her own two children were the inspiration for the Oliver and Amanda Pig stories, as well as several others, including Dear Mom, You're Ruining My Life. Many of her other books have grown out of her long-time interest in American history. Her historical picture books include Going West, which was cited as an IRA Teachers' Choice and Across the Wide Dark Sea, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." She has written historical fiction for older readers as well. Her Bound for Oregon was a Child Study Association Book of the Year, and Cabin on Trouble Creek was nominated for children's Choice awards in eight states.

Ms. Van Leeuwen grew up in the small town of Rutherford, New Jersey. She was an avid reader as a child, reading every book she could get her hands on, from Nancy Drew to The Wind in the Willows. At one point, while trying to convince her parents to buy her a dog, she read nothing but dog stories for a whole year. (She got the dog, but when she moved on to horses, her parents refused to cooperate.) Eventually she began writing her own stories, which she illustrated with cut-outs from magazines.

After graduating from Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, Ms. Van Leeuwen found a job in the children's book department of a New York City publisher. She remained a children's book editor for many years, an experience with inspired her to once again start writing her own stories. Her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published in 1967, and she has been writing and publishing ever since.

Ms. Van Leeuwen now lives in another small town north of New York City with her husband, Bruce Gavril. She has two grown children, David and Elizabeth, and a young grandchild, who will surely inspire more stories.

Visit Ms. Van Leeuwen's website at www.jeanvanleeuwen.com

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