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PreS-Gr 2-Rabbit's coat goes white in winter, and the author reflects on how other animals spend the cold months. Bears hibernate. Birds fly south. Sheep have their woolly coats to keep them warm. Turtles swim to warmer waters. Then bright colors appear once again, and all the animals know that it's spring. Rabbit's coat in the last panel has turned a reddish hue, and she wears a smile and has a newly bloomed flower by her ear. Done in ink and oils, overlaid and enhanced digitally with various shapes and layers, the art is vibrant and sports unusual colors with whimsical details. A lovely selection to share with younger children.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In this offering from the acclaimed creator of A Book of Sleep (2009), a white rabbit observes the preparations that many outdoor creatures—birds, bears, squirrels, and sheep, among others—are making for winter. Each animal deals with the weather in its own way: flying or swimming away, hibernating, staying warm in its wool, gathering food, or conserving its energy. Change comes along at the very end when “the snow has melted and the trees are in bloom,” and the rabbit, with a wink and a smile, turns to brown. The short prose sentences stand out well on pages featuring beautiful, digitally touched, textured paintings, which have a range of color, pattern, depth, and style often reminiscent of batik fabric. A sophisticated, accessible, and appealing look at winter survival. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Andrew Medlar
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780375867866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867866
  • ASIN: 0375867864
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My passion for creative activities started at a young age when I would draw, color, cut, and create. I still have that same drive for creativity except now I am doing it professionally. Since graduating from Kingston University in 2006, I started working with Meadowside children's book publisher in London until 2012 to make several books and I now work with Alfred A. Knopf in the US.
Now I live and work in US.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on August 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
How do animals react when the air turns cold and winter is on the way? Answers will vary depending on the type of animal. Geese fly south seeking warmer weather, while bears cozy up in dark caves, and sheep grow nice, thick woolly coats. Some animals move very fast, like the squirrels bustling about gathering extra food. Crocodiles slow way down, sinking their thick bodies deep into the mud to make it through winter.

The animals may employ varied methods of surviving the harsh winter, but they do have one thing in common: when the snow is gone and buds are reappearing on the trees, everyone knows it is spring! More importantly, all the animals created by Il Sung Na share the same lovely illustrative style. The turtles' shells are awash with color, looking like clusters of beautiful painted bowls overturned in the water. Black faces and spindly striped sheep legs poke out from coats of thick white curlicues splatted with pastel patches.

I think it's fun that the white rabbit appears on each page, but you have to hunt for him a bit. On the first page, he is large as life, his bright white winter fur luminous against the turquoise background. He watches the geese sweep overhead from a distance, nearly blending into the gray and white patterned rocks he rests on. He just barely peeks his head into the bear cave - it is his shadow that is more noticeable here.

It doesn't matter what season, the animals are always stunning. This is an incredibly lovely book - bright, beautiful and warm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
With beautiful mixed media illustrations, Il Sung Na presents a tale of changing seasons, from winter to spring. Some animals move south, some take a long sleep, some build tunnels, some stay still, some gather food and some stay for the winter snow. But, everyone comes back for the spring. This pretty picture book of the changing seasons will be much loved by children ages 3-6.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am absolutely in love with Il Sung Na's illustrations. The rabbit is so cute, I just want to squeeze his cheeks! The layers, textures, and whimsical animals are just delightful. Na's spare text is well paced and descriptive, but really it's the illustrations that make the book. This is a great one for kindergarten teachers introducing winter to their students. I would also recommend this one to high school art teachers because it could be used to teach printing/stamping, texture, ink or watercolor painting, loads of stuff.

Verdict:
This is a beautiful book to look at and a pleasant story to read. If I had to pick an Il Sung Na book for the home library, I'd go with The Book of Sleep or The Thingamabob. Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit makes a nice additional resource for the classroom, but is a better library checkout for families.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GrooveColo on March 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A Book of Changing Seasons-is a beautiful book and has illustrations that are, in ways, art themselves. It's not your typical rhymer, Dr. Seuss storybook either but certainly a visual charmer! Great page stock, cover and binding! Our two year goes back time and time again to "Knuffle Bunny", "Whistle for Whilly", and "Corduroy". Still, it's a wonderful keeper for any family. A nice addition for our little one to sit and page through all on her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bianca Behrisch Chappell on April 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is so beautiful. The images are fascinating.
If it would be for the text, I would just get the board book. There is just one sentence on each page.
For the illustrations though I would get the hard cover.

This book is more so about what happens when winter arrives and then leaves again and spring is coming.
There are just those 2 seasons included.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pauline S. on February 27, 2011
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I was anticipating something clever but effective to help toddlers understand animal changes with the seasons. I was disappointed. My three year old has never asked for a re-read.
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SUMMARY: Rabbit's fur has turned white signaling the beginning of winter. Other animals are aware too and they do what is necessary to live through the winter including gathering nuts and sleeping. But when spring comes, everyone knows, including rabbit whose fur turns back to its regular brown.

ILLUSTRATIONS: This book was illustrated in Na's usual style of textured painting and digital work. The pictures are absolutely stunning, colorful, and nicely spaced for younger viewers. The colors are a little more realistic than some of this books and yet still maintain a sense of creativity. I can't get enough of his pictures!

THE GOOD: This book is very simple for younger children. And although the wording is poetic in nature, the concepts of what animals do in the winter are easy to understand. I love that the little bunny shows up on every page as an observer of winter and its happenings. This is a lovely book to introduce the concepts of winter, and animal behavior and habitats.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 3-6
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Format: Board book
This book is absolutely stunning. It's a joy for me as an adult to read, which really helps encourage reading with my child! The illustrations do attempt to show aspects of changing seasons, but while the book does provide some educational information in that way, it's less about learning about the seasons and more about enjoying the book, illustrations, and the comic behavior of the rabbit who explores his environment. The rabbit himself is adorable. If you want to make this more educational when reading with your child, ask about the things in the background, what the animals around the rabbit are doing, why the colors are changing, etc. Just because this isn't a "hardcore" educational book doesn't mean that it can't be used as an educational tool. I love it!
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