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Happy Birthday, Bunny! Hardcover – January 15, 2013

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A little bunny asks plenty of questions on her birthday, and each time, she receives a rhyming answer, as in this opening exchange: “What are these and what are those? / Fancy shoes and party clothes.” The short lines of text read aloud well, and the page turns between questions and answers give children a chance to respond in their own ways. They will be guessing who is knocking at the door, what’s in the gift-wrapped box, or more abstractly, as the bunny’s elders look through an album or scrapbook, “What do you mean that time just flies?” (“You’re growing up before our eyes”). Created with pencil and ink washes, then digitally colored, the pleasing illustrations depict dressed animal characters celebrating in very human ways, with family, friends, food, music, and expressions of affection. This joyful introduction to birthdays focuses on a bunny who is old enough to articulate her questions but young enough to see the wonder of it all. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan

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* “This is as memorable and heartfelt as a birthday book gets…. This isn’t about irony; it’s pure celebration, and readers will share wholeheartedly in the pleasure.” (Publishers Weekly, November 19, 2012, *STARRED REVIEW)

* “Scanlon delivers a sweet, rhyming text to tell the story of a little bunny’s birthday in Graegin’s debut picture book…. Perhaps taking a cue from the closing line’s reference to the girl as “sweet honey bun,” Graegin casts the unnamed central characters as a family of anthropomorphic bunnies,introducing a veritable peaceable kingdom of relatives and friends who come to celebrate on the special day. Graegin’s illustrations…mark her as an up-and-coming artist to watch, as they evoke a style akin to that of Peter McCarty, Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Polly Dunbar. Happy birthday to a splendid book for new birthday boys and girls.” (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2012, *STARRED REVIEW)

"Rhyming couplets take an unnamed birthday bunny from the start of her day until bedtime.... Graegin’s pencil and watercolor pictures depict a sweet and cozy world filled with fun, love, guests, and presents. The art and text work beautifully together.... The pictures have lots of excellent detail, such as Mother and Nana both wearing dresses with carrot patterns–one subtle and one less so. Perfect for storytime or individual sharing." (School Library Journal, February 2013)

"In rhyming verse, a little bunny asks multiple questions about her birthday celebration (“What are these and what are those?”) and receives answers from her family (“Fancy shoes and party clothes!”)...pure sweetness.... The warm, soft tones of Graegin’s illustrations, pencil and ink digitally assembled on cream pages, evoke coziness and contentment and the little white bunny birthday girl is as cute as a button in her golden crown, saffron party dress, and beribboned shoes. The comely cast of woodland animals (including beavers, foxes, owls) resemble cuddly, plush animals, and youngsters will feel at home with the festive critters in their colorful clothing and party hats...something to tide over kids for whom a whole year seems too long to go between birthdays." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, April 2013)

"A little bunny asks plenty of questions on her birthday, and each time, she receives a rhyming answer.... The short lines of text read aloud well, and the page turns between questions and answers give children a chance to respond in their own ways.... This joyful introduction to birthdays focuses on a bunny who is old enough to articulate her questions but young enough to see the wonder of it all." (Booklist, December 2012)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442402873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442402874
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debby on March 15, 2013
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This is a well written and illustrated book that young children can relate to when it is THEIR special day!
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Love this gorgeous, clever book! From 2-3, this book has easily been my daughter's favorite. The illustrations are lovely and rich with details. My daughter loves pointing out things like the little carrot illustrations hidden in fabrics. The story is sweet. My little one has it memorized and reads it over and over again, asking if we are all sweet honey buns like the bunny in the book. I think it would be especially perfect as a birthday gift for someone her age. She has been learning a lot about birthdays, and pretends to have birthdays for all of her stuffed animals now, making pretend cakes and singing the words from the book. So any book that triggers so much imaginative play for a toddler, I definitely give 5 stars to. Hope this author/artist pair up some more!
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By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2014
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My two little grandbunnies love this - and who wouldn't? A really fun read-aloud, lots to look at and talk about. Thanks, Liz!
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This is my 2 1/2-year-old son's favorite book right now. We read it often. My 5-year-old daughter has memorized all the words and can read it to him from memory. Wonderful illustrations!
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