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Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons Hardcover – January 11, 2011
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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.
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
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.
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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This is a great book. The pages are beautiful and my daughter wants to be it over and over. I have it 4 stars because I like the other to Il Sung Na books better. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Abby Loring
Very cute and colorful book! It held my daughter's attention even though she's so young (3 months when I first read it to her).Published 2 months ago by D. I. Woodard
I was looking for books about spring, and this one has a little bit of spring on the last page. It's mostly about winter animals. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ermaca
Perfect for a child's starter library! Short and beautifully illustrated!Published 10 months ago by Christen
This book like: A book of Sleep, enchants the reader with whimsical art. It is great for young ones that have just enough attention for the short text. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Book Bee "Sweet"
Cute, but I didn't personally care for the batik looking artwork.Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Dinger
This is the most beautiful 'board book' I have seen, and I am so glad to have it for my daughter! I purchased it on a whim for her Easter basket, but it turned out to be something... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cristina Russell