Thursday, June 9, 2011
Little White Rabbit, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, Harper. 2011. $18.99 ages 2 and up
"When he hopped
through the high grass,
he wondered what it
would be like to be
In a simple and elegant book, Kevin Henkes introduces his young audience to an imaginative and lively bunny who very much enjoys his adventures close to home.
As he hops along, he has many wonderings....what would it be like to be green, to be tall, to fly and even to be as still as a stone. What do you wonder? I think this book is a perfect introduction to that kind of thinking for the youngest listeners and will act as a mentor book for young writers who have some wonders of their own. His wandering and wondering are cut short when he comes a bit too close to a cat, and he quickly finds his way back to the safety and love of home.
The illustrations are a wonderful match to the sweet text. He uses bold outlines and pastel colors to show his audience very clearly the fun to be had in a neighborhood journey. Each new question is followed by a lovely, detailed double page spread, allowing Little White Rabbit to try his hand at the many adventures that intrigue him.
The text has a repetitive rhythm that will be very much enjoyed and aped by the children who share the delight found in its pages. Perfect to share and full of fun for all!