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Let's Make Rabbits Paperback – February 9, 1993

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A pair of scissors and a pencil, each using its own special skills, decides to make rabbits one morning in Leo Lionni's classic 1982 fable, reprinted in this sturdy board book edition for the youngest reader. The pencil-drawn rabbit and scissor-crafted collage bunny promptly become fast friends. When they grow hungry, they turn to their creators for paper carrots, which they enjoy heartily... until they come upon a real carrot (they know it's real because it casts a shadow). What happens next will surely enchant readers of all ages.

The brilliant Lionni amuses himself--and his readers--with this playful send-up of the creative process. Each bunny is unique in its own right, skillfully and yet simply designed--the wonderful kind of images readers never forget. Four-time Caldecott Honor winner Lionni wrote more than 40 children's picture books in his lifetime, including well-loved classics Frederick and Swimmy. (Ages 1 to 4) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fabricated by a creative pencil and pair of scissors, two jolly bunnies make a surprising discovery in this characteristic bit of Lionnian whimsy. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (February 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679840192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679840190
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Invisible Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Let's Make Rabbits" is a book I've been reading off-and-on to my children since my eldest was two. And what amazes me is that every so often, even after five years of reading it, I can still have an 'Oh-Wow' moment in which I discover some new aspect of the book that that hadn't occurred to me before.

At first, of course, I just read the story. We pointed out the names of objects and colors. Then when my children were a little older we talked about how the two bunnies were friends even though they were different. Then even later we digressed and discussed how the pen and the scissors both wanted to make bunnies and carrots and how they both succeeded even though they took different paths to do so.

Then, just yesterday, it dawned on me that part of what Lionni was demonstrating was 'space relations'. That line drawings didn't have shadows, whereas the 'real' objects did. It was rather effortless to explain this to my five and seven year olds, and to tie this particular lesson into my second grader's geometry.

I bring this all up because I want you to know that if you buy this book you aren't just buying it for the baby and toddler years. And that there is a depth of purpose here that you just don't get in most other books. Highly recommend this one. There is just a lot to spark a child's -- and a mom's-- imagination.

Five Stars ::: "Lets Make Rabbits" is one of those books that unfolds with each reading. Even my own 'take' on it has changed over the years. Good Read-aloud. Just-right artwork. No wonder Lionni has won so many awards.

Pam T~
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Format: Board book
Let's Make Rabbits is a clever boardbook by Caldecott-honored artist Leo Lionni. It begins with a pair of scissors and a pencil that decide to make rabbits. The story then follows the activities and discoveries of these two rabbits. Appropriate for infants and toddlers, the book offers illustrations with clean lines, color, and warm, likeable character drawings that enhance the story. The book is durable enough for library circulation, but the illustrations may be too small for story time listeners to see from a distance. It is best suited for small group reading.
This book is a good tool for building observation skills. The juxtaposition of monochromatic and multi-colored and one-dimensional versus multi-dimensional objects allows the child to observe differences and similarities. This would also be an excellent platform to begin simple discussions about animals, their body parts, colors, and the food they eat. The book could also inspire simple craft projects about animals.
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My son originally found this book at a thrift store and LOVED it! He has since passed it on to his brother who also LOVES it. It is a a quirky cute little story that is different so kids really seem to like it. I ordered this one because the other one we had got wet and thus the pages stuck together and was left unreadable. I was happy to see I could order it here on Amazon as my son was very distressed. The book arrived quickly and was in perfect condition.
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This book really captured the imagination of our playgroup.
The idea that rabbits could be made from paper and a pencil
really got the children going. After reading the book we
used colored paper and made our own rabbits. This is one of
our favorite books by Leo Lionni and we are happy to see it
back in print.
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Great book and perfect size for reading to little ones. Leo Lionni uses lots of materials in his illustrations, which leads to many discussions about they types of art we can make. Great for author study!
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By A Customer on April 24, 2004
Format: Board book
This is another great book for toddlers by Lionni. It encourages children to imagine and demonstrates different methods to express ideas on paper. My daughter, who is very verbal for a 26-month-old, made a strong connection with "shadows" after reading this book and began pointing them out everywhere.
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This is such a sweet book. My boys loved it when they were younger and we made many rabbits. I did have to put a cover on it though. I was constantly pulled aside by visitors questioning my parental judgement because the cover art combined with the title was taken the wrong way. Other than that it's an excellent book and I'd highly recommend it!
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