STARRED REVIEW PreS-Gr 1 Little Rabbit continues to charm children in this warm and fuzzy tale. When the Christmas Rabbit brings the red sled he s longed for (the one that goes Whoosh! ), the small animal refuses to let anyone else play with it. Instead he pulls it far up a hill, much too far, so that when he whooshes down again he crashes and the sled breaks. It takes his friends to fix both the sled and his attitude, and everything ends happily. The joy of this book is in its delightful visual and textual details. Simple and satisfying pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork draws the eye to Little Rabbit s facial expressions, which include childish wonderment, frustration, and bravado. An enchanting holiday treat for all collections. Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library --School Library Journal
Exceptionally nuanced illustrations in Horse's signature pen-and-ink and watercolors of an irresistible animal cast turn an obvious lesson about the importance of sharing into an appetizing holiday story. Making his final appearance in the late author/artist's picture book series, Little Rabbit wakes up on Christmas with a child's single-minded interest in obtaining a particular red sled. Horse conveys a whole world of emotion by just tilting the few curves that delineate Little Rabbit's face. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) --Publishers Weekly
In the fourth picture book of the series that began with Little Rabbit Lost (2002), the story begins on Christmas Eve, with Little Rabbit longing for a red sled. He receives the sled on Christmas morning and goes out to play with his friends. Unwilling to share his present, he goes off sledding alone, only to break the sled and end up stuck in a snow drift. His forgiving friends come to the rescue, first digging him out, then repairing and repainting the sled. Little Rabbit not only learns his lesson but states it in the last line: Christmas is good, Papa, but sharing it with friends is even better. The very accessible artwork provides appealing settings, both inside the rabbits cozy burrow and in the snowy woods outside their home. Brightened with watercolor washes, the ink drawings create expressive characters whose emotions are easy to read. In Little Rabbit, preschoolers will find an everybunny: not quite civilized and sometimes a bit bratty but basically decent and at least wanting to be good. --Booklist
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About the Author
HARRY HORSE was the author-illustrator of many books for children. He was also a political cartoonist for several national newspapers in Great Britain. He died in 2007.