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Audrey Bunny Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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The story is also great. Bunny has a spot on her chest that she thinks that's why no kid wants to buy her from the store. Then a little girl comes in, one the bunny has seen there before, and picks and names her Audrey Bunny. Audrey Bunny thinks that her spot will make her little girl, Caroline, take her back to the store. Audrey Bunny does everything she can to hide the spot so Caroline won't see it, but one day the little girl takes Audrey Bunny to show-and-tell and there is no way for her to cover her spot. As Caroline is explaining to her class about Audrey Bunny, she explains that the spot on the bunny let her know that this bunny was hers. Audrey Bunny realizes that even though she's not perfect, Caroline loves her anyway. The book ends with Psalm 119:73 (about us being fearfully and wonderfully made).
It's a great lesson about being who God made you to be. It also has Bible verses, comprehension questions, and an activity (for older kids who can write) on the page after the story. These are good resources b/c they help continue the discussion about how God has made each person unique in a fun and unforced way.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this book (especially for little girls). My daughter loves it and keeps asking to read it, so that means it gets great ratings :)
The written story of Audrey Bunny is touching and heartfelt. It has a warm sing-song quality that makes it soothing and pleasant to read. The story also has a deeper message that says that imperfections do not make a person/toy unlovable.
But after reading the story I just had this nagging feeling that the story was incomplete. It seems that Caroline (the little girl who buys Audrey the stuffed bunny) deliberately selects Audrey Bunny because of the ink smudge above the bunny's heart. But the story never gives a reason why Caroline was so drawn to that particular bunny. Also when Caroline brings Audrey Bunny to "Show and Tell", the other children already know about the mark and want to see and touch it. I felt like I was missing some vital piece of information. I kept waiting for a tie in between Audrey Bunny's mark and Caroline. Did Caroline have a mark above her heart? Maybe a scar from some long ago surgery? Is that why Caroline picked a bunny with the same mark? But the story ended without any tie-in being established.
This missing link bothered me enough that I went online and read Angie Smith's blog. The real story of Audrey Carole Smith and the bunny made me cry. I'm still crying as I write these words. So there is a link between the ink smudge above Audrey Bunny's heart and Caroline. I just wish more of that link was shown in the book.
For those familiar with the story and the early days of Angie's blog (Bring the Rain), then the bunny is familiar too. It was Angie's way of explaining her three daughters what was happening to Audrey - it was a boo-boo. The bunny really existed and so was the mark on its heart. Using this, the author turned this personal experience into a reminder for all: we are loved by God, no matter how not-so-perfect we think we are. It stresses (indirectly) on how each of us is unique and wonderfully made by God.
It was designed for children, yes, but after I read it today, with the mind of an adult, I can say that it's a sweet reminder of God's love, God's acceptance, God's creativity, all revolving our lives. I dare say that adults need this kind of books every once in a while.
A mention must be made here about the illustrations; they are lovely, they are gorgeous, they capture the spirit of the book so well. Breezy Brookshire is the illustrator of the book and she did a fantastic job.
One thing that I really liked about this book is the Discussion Guide at the end. Children are also encouraged to be active and write a letter to themselves from God, writing how they think God thinks about them and sees them, based on Psalm 119:73 and Genesis 1. There are also a few questions parents can go through with they children. It's a great discussion starting point of topics like these.
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Our society places such a high value on how one "looks," and the message is picked up by our children that looking a certain way makes one more desirable and lovable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Nay
I bought it for my granddaughter's birth. Her name will be Audrey, so it was perfect!Published 1 month ago by S. Dawn Spensley
The story and illustrationsee in this book are so beautiful!Published 3 months ago by Frank G. Senn III
What a sweet story! All about finding beauty and uniqueness in imperfection. Very touching book.Published 6 months ago by Vicki T