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Paperwhite Hardcover – August 28, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

When little Lucy Rabbit discovers her neighbor Miss Mamie gathering stones for potting a paperwhite bulb, she eagerly helps her to "make spring." It takes patience and care, but the days pass quickly in Miss Mamie's good company (she keeps her young guest occupied with baking cookies and stringing beads, among other activities). Their patience is rewarded at last when delicate white blossoms sprout from the bulb. Wallace (Rabbit's Bedtime) punctuates her elegantly austere and subtly repetitive prose ("Days passed. The winter days grew even longer and lighter") with periodic illustrations of the plant's progress and recurring scenes of Miss Mamie's kitchen (4:30 each time, by the clock), its window depicting a sky growing increasingly lighter. The story works on two levels, celebrating both the wonders of nature and the pleasures of a loving intergenerational friendship. Wallace's cut-paper illustrations, set against bold backgrounds of bright white or bold red, possess the fragile beauty of the snowflakes that fall outside Miss Mamie's window. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Using her signature cut-paper rabbits, Wallace has created a gentle tale in which two neighbors nurture a narcissus bulb. In late December, Lucy sees Miss Mamie gathering stones and runs outside to help. What follows is a lovely paean to the simple acts shared by friends as they monitor the plant's progress. The passage of time is conveyed via a small calendar, a clock, and the lengthening scarves on a pair of knitting needles. After attending to the paperwhite, the two keep themselves busy baking cookies, playing the piano, and stringing beads. Using uncluttered compositions on red or white backgrounds, Wallace nevertheless manages to infuse her scenes with interesting details: the view from the window at 4:30 p.m. changes from a starry night sky to a clear, pale blue as December turns to January; the scarves not only grow longer, but are found on the coat rack in their respective owner's jackets; a picture from Lucy to her friend appears in the final scene. This title could be easily viewed by a group and would tie in to many themes: a plant's growth, intergenerational friendships, cozy winter amusements-to name a few. With its subtle changes and unhurried warmth, it would also be a delightful read in a more intimate setting.
Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618042830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618042838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I love being out in Nature in all seasons - hiking, camping, star gazing, playing in the snow, gardening, beach combing - looking... listening...touching... being filled with WONDER. Nature is where many of the ideas for books come from. I love doing research and having those - WOW! I didn't know that - moments. I also paint seascapes... and love going to art museums. Guess which of my books that inspired! I write and illustrate books about what I love to do and what I care about. I love sharing with children and adults, my writing process, how I create my artwork and sharing what I have learned about visual literacy. Happy me, lucky me, being a children's book author and illustrator.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book shows how a friendship between an older rabbit and a little girl grows. Its so cute, because the illustrations are wonderful and so detailed. Young children will love watching the paperwhite flowers grow in each picture, and how the knitting gets bigger until its 2 finished scarves, and other little things like that. Its a book that will charm anyone.
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By EryAnne on June 12, 2014
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Great book when studying bulbs! My class loved the story. Fabulous illustrations that show the life cycle of a bulb.
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