From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—A blue bird and a brown rabbit frolic together through spring, summer, and fall. By late autumn, the bird announces that it must fly south but promises to be back once the weather warms up again. The rabbit spends the cold winter months missing its friend, while the bird longs for the bunny. Before long, spring returns and the two are reunited. The succinct prose touchingly expresses the value of friendship between these two very different creatures. Although they must spend a portion of the year apart, there is still the promise of more good times to come, which shows young readers the value of patience. The cut-paper collages created from paper products range from old books to ticket stubs. The effect is enchanting, giving each detail a unique design. The color scheme is also indicative of the various seasons, where spring is most represented by bright green, summer deep blue, fall golden brown, and winter soft lavender dusted with white.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
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Fans of Berger’s The Little Yellow Leaf (2008) may recognize the stars of this early picture book, which touches on migration and seasonal change, separation, and the lasting nature of true friendship. In this tender, simple story, an invitation to play in the spring sunshine turns a bluebird and a brown bunny into fast friends. The sprightly pair continues to frolic from spring to summer to autumn, until the cold air of winter approaches and the bluebird migrates south. The winter months are lonely ones for both friends, but finally, as the seasons come full circle, the two are joyfully reunited. Berger’s superb, stylized cut-paper collage illustrations, constructed from lined and graph paper and magazines, depict sylvan landscapes with graceful curves and airy compositions that echo the simplicity and gentleness of the tale. A reassuring, poetic story that will give young children much to ponder any time of the year. Preschool. --Kristen McKulski