Book Review: 'Little White Rabbit'

Filed under: Books for Kids

Rated ON for Ages 3 and Up

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a gentle picture book written and illustrated by Caldecott winner Kevin Henkes, whom readers might know from "Kitten's First Full Moon" or the "Lilly" series. The text is simple and spare, and the sweet pastel images of the little white rabbit leaping with a flight of butterflies, looking curiously at a lone dragonfly, or rubbing pink noses with his mother make this a good choice for quiet time. As parents read this book aloud to their kids, they can use the illustrations to practice searching (Can you find the little white rabbit among all the green objects?) and counting (How many butterflies are on the page?) -- or encourage creativity (What do you think the rabbit's thinking about when he sees the dragonfly float by?)

The good stuff

  • Educational value: As parents read this book aloud to their kids, they can use the illustrations to practice searching (Can you find the little rabbit among all the green objects?) and counting (How many butterflies are on the page?) -- or encourage creativity (What do you think the rabbit's thinking about when he sees the dragonfly float by?)
  • Messages: The little white rabbit enjoys exploring the wonders of the world around him ("When he hopped over the rock, he wonderered what it would be like not to be able to move"), but feels safe at home where "he didn't wonder who loved him."
  • Role models: It's hard not to fall in love with this little bunny with a big imagination. Kids will have fun seeing his imagination at play -- imagining himself green or tall or still as a rock. Parents are certain to see a lot of their own children in his constant curiousity (and love of snuggling).

Book Summary

Little white rabbit wonders about a lot of things, from what it would be like to be as still as a stone, to how it would feel to fly through the air like a butterfly, But he still loves coming home to his family. The parting image captures him perfectly: He is shown snuggled up with his mother and siblings, looking curiously at a flying insect.

Is It Any Good?

Parents and small kids will love snuggling together at nap time or bedtime to read about this small bunny with a big imagination. The text is simple and spare, and the sweet pastel images of the little white rabbit leaping with a flight of butterflies, looking curiously at a lone dragonfly, or rubbing pink noses with his mother make this a good choice for quiet time. During more active times, parents can use this book to practice counting -- the bunnies, the butterflies, the flowers in the field -- or come up with their own imaginative questions similar to the ones the little white rabbit wonders about.

This review was written by Kate Pavao.

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