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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tiny Rabbit's BIG WISH, written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by David Walker. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Thomas Allen & Son. 2014. $18.99 ages 2 and up

"Tiny rabbit
wished and wished...

but no matter how
his big wish grew,
he was still

So he wished some more,
and while he was wishing..."

Tiny Rabbit is tired of being so small. As with so many young children, his wish list is long. He wants what belongs to others: the elephant's trunk, the tree's great height, a mountain-sized tail. There is no end to his wishing to be different than he is!

As time passes and he keeps those wishes front and center, he does grow a little bit! He wants even more...

The one thing that he does grow on his own are his ears. They become long and powerful, enabling him to hear more than he once did. He discovers that there is SOOO much to hear in the jungle all around him; there are real benefits to being able to hear the danger that lurks nearby!

There is much to learn here. Readers will enjoy the font changes, the understood wishes of one who is so small, and the gentle warmth of the surroundings (for the most part). It won't be long until they are reading it independently and sharing some of their own wishes and dreams.

Sure to be a hit at story time for toddlers and at bedtime.

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