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Little White Rabbit

by Kevin Henkes

Published by Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2011
40 pages
ISBN: 9780062006424

Ages 2-5

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As little white rabbit hops through various settings, he speculates what it would be like to emulate the objects and scenes he encounters. High grass makes him wonder about being green; fir trees make him wonder about being tall; and a rock makes him wonder about being unable to move. After each page of text describing little white rabbit’s wonderings, a corresponding two-page spread shows him being or doing each of the things that sparked his curiosity. (An encounter with butterflies is followed by a page spread in which Little White Rabbit lifts off the ground as his ears flap rapidly like wings—a scene, like all the others, full of charm and child appeal.) When he returns home, little white rabbit doesn’t need to wonder who loves him: an adult rabbit is waiting to welcome him. Kevin Henkes combines the simple text of a child-like voice with soft pastels to illustrate the power of imagination, and the comfort and safety a child feels from the unconditional love of an adult. (CF) ©2011 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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