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A Starlit Somersault Downhill

by Nancy  Willard
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Published by Little, Brown, 1993
32 pages
ISBN: 0-316-94113-1

Ages 2-4

Rabbit is skeptical about joining friend bear in his cave for the winter when the clover is still smelling sweet. ("The fields are broad, the hills are wide. / A pity we should stay inside.") But when the first nip of cold stings the air, he quickly joins bear in his den, only to find that he is far too restless to slumber the months away. This lyrical, lively poem is touched with humor and filled with joy as rabbit leaps his way "in starlit somersaults downhill" through the lively winter world to his liking. Jerry Pinkney's illustrations spanning each two-page spread fill the pages with autumn and winter light. CCBC categories: Poetry; Seasons And Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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