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Rabbits and Raindrops

by Jim Arnosky

Published by Putnam, 1997
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-22635-4

Ages 2 - 4

In another of his outstanding books about the natural world aimed at toddlers, Jim Arnosky once again chooses to depict a subtle dramatic moment in the life of an appealing, familiar animal. Here a mother rabbit nudges her five babies out of their cozy warren for the first time. As the curious youngsters explore the wonders of outside world (sunlight, grass, clover blossoms, spiders, and bees), rain drops begin to fall and the mother rabbit must move her babies quickly into the shelter of a hedge, since rabbits are not waterproof. The drama does not end there, for the rabbits are soon joined by other small creatures seeking shelter: a humming bird, a cricket, a butterfly, and some ants. Young children will observe, along with the rabbits, the animals that seek shelter from the rain, as well as those that remain outside (bees and and large turtle). Detailed, realistic watercolors both illustrate and extend the information provided in the brief text, adding to the drama and the appeal of this satisfying nature story. CCBC categories: The Natural World (KTH; May 5)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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