by Margaret Wise Brown

From KIRKUS REVIEWS - starred review

The large, engaging pictures are excellent for group sharing, and Brown’s rhymes and rhythms will invite participation… Minor’s furry, natural-looking animals and flowery meadows have an almost tactile reality, and his illustrations add movement, drama and context to the poems, making this book a treasure for a new generation.


Rabbits are a unifying theme throughout the book: they are at least mentioned in each poem, and their soft, rounded forms are in the forefront of nearly all the illustrations. Minor creates an entirely child-friendly setting for the verse in a series of paintings with large-scale figures of animals and …A new generation of children will enjoy these favorites in a fresh arena.


Large, almost tactile paintings of birds, butterflies, and bunnies combine well with the flow of Brown’s charming poems… Spring flowers, a loving mother and baby mouse, and a young fox and curious rabbit eyeing each other across the pages are some of the vignettes that grace this appealing book. …These five beautifully and newly illustrated poems will enchant another generation of children.


Minor nicely balances realistic paintings of rabbits, mice and birds with a hint of personality-intelligence in the eyes, or two rabbits nose to nose …for this handful of poems that range from tender to comical.


… Rabbits practically leap from the printed page [and] the birds, mice, bugs, and even fish are equally enthralling in this lovely book. Young readers will enjoy the quiet repetition of the poems and appreciate the focus on those aspects of nature which capture their attention and inspire a sense of wonder.

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