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Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree Hardcover – September 27, 2011

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A bunny learns about self-acceptance and belonging in this Christmas Eve fantasy...The promise of Christmas Eve magic and dramatic tree-bough adventures will draw readers in.
—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

David Martin is the author of many books for children, including ALL FOR PIE, PIE FOR ALL, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev; WE'VE ALL GOT BELLYBUTTONS!, illustrated by Randy Cecil; and two board books, CHRISTMAS TREE and HANNUKAH LIGHTS, both illustrated by Melissa Sweet. "When I was a little boy, I thought it would be fun to make myself so teeny I could hide on a shelf," he says. "But playing in a Christmas tree with a lot of new friends and driving a fire engine-- that would be even better." David Martin lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Valeri Gorbachev has illustrated many books for children, including David Martin's ALL FOR PIE, PIE FOR ALLl and SQUIRREL's WORLD by Lisa Moser. He is the author-illustrator of THE BEST CAT and THE MISSING CHICK. Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763636932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763636937
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,343,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MossHillFarm on December 22, 2011
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A quick synopsis: This is the story of a little (short) bunny who is teased by his siblings about how tiny he is. It happens to be Christmas Eve and he can't reach the ornaments on the tree. He hides under the tree because he is upset about the teasing. He falls asleep under the tree where the ornaments come alive on Christmas Eve. He "magically" thinks himself tiny to join them and spends most of the time driving a fire truck ornament. In the morning, he is given the choice to stay with the ornaments or rejoin his family. He decides to stay with his family and rethinks himself big.
As a concept this isn't bad, but the execution was mediocre. The writing is, for lack of a better word, blah. This could have been remedied with amazing illustrations, but they are dull in color, even the Amazon picture is brighter than the real thing. The whole book is illustrated in mostly yellows and browns with slightly crazed-looking rabbits. And at the end, when the book says the bunny children are going to get their stockings, they are hanging on the mantle looking completely empty.
I really wanted to like this book. But with the huge choice of children's Christmas books out there that ARE truly magical and heart-warming... this one really falls to the bottom of the list.
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By eepers on December 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I had to submit a counterpoint to the only other review of this book. We borrowed it from the library and my son absolutely loved it. Then we decorated our tree and he was so excited to see we had a snowman ornament (one of the ones that come alive in the story). I thought the illustrations were warm and sweet. I liked that it was about fun and imagination and not really focused on presents.
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