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Little White Rabbit Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 31 user ratings
ISBN:0062006428
LANGUAGE:English

"Mommy's review from 10/1/11 -


3.5 - Little White Rabbit has less story than I tend to like but the story that is here is a sweet one. The illustrations are awesome although simple. The end of the story touches on the "Mothers love" bit but other than that the story is about this little rabbit who, on his journeys, sees different things and wonders how his life would be if it were a little - or a lot - different.
I think this will touch on a lot of children's - and maybe even adults - hidden thoughts, even if that child doesn't realize it.
I want to repeat about the illustrations. What's shown here is so simple that I'm a little shocked I find it so beautiful. But it really is, and it matches this simple story perfectly.
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"In Little White Rabbit's world, everything is new and anything is possible. Besides being a brilliant work of art, this book is a wonderful celebration of the imagination. The lovely message this book conveys is that the possibilities are limitless! After hopping through high grass, Little White Rabbit looks around and wonders what it would be like to be the color green. When he sees a pack of butterflies float by, he wonders what it would be like to fly through the air. Henke answers each of these speculations with a gorgeous two page spread of Rabbit doing each of these things. I promise that you won't get through the book without wanting to stop and stare at these amazing paintings. When Rabbit sees a cat, he decides he is done wondering about things and heads home where he doesn't have to puzzle over who loves him. What a cozy, delicious story to share with your little one." said.

"This book tells the story of a little white rabbit who sets out on an adventure. As he hops along, he wonders about many things. I think this would be a great book to read to preschool-aged children.

I think this book should have won the Caldecott because I absolutely love the illustrations! There are not many words in this book, but the pictures help to tell the story perfectly! I love how the story and illustrations work together. On one page, there is only text that tells what the rabbit is imagining. And then when you turn the page, there is a 2-page spread that illustrates how the rabbit envisions himself. I love the fun and cheerful colors in the illustrations. I also love Kevin Henkes' style of outlining everything with a bold line and then filling in the picture with softer colored pencil strokes. I love everything about this book, and I definitely think it should have won the 2012 Caldecott Medal!
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""Little White Rabbit" follows a rabbit hopping around the grass and forest one afternoon. The story and drawings change as the rabbit wonders about being a different color, a different size, and more. After wondering all day the rabbit returns home where he does not need to wonder anymore.

The illustrations make the words in this book come alive, and keeps the reader engaged. Kevin's decisions to create full page pictures to go along with the words worked very well. The only downside of using these full page pictures is that the story is very short, I would've liked a few more sentences and pictures in the story.

I would use the book with "One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish" because both books match words with attributes of the character(s). Both of these texts could be used as mentor texts for younger students to focus on writing a description of a person and then drawing a picture to match. It could also be used as an example before students complete matching activities related to colors, sizes, and words/sounds.
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"A young rabbit explores his surroundings, wondering at the world around him. The text is uncomplicated with a strong use of repetition to further the story. This endearing tale’s text works harmoniously with the illustration to realize the little white rabbit’s musings, and each “he wondered what it would be like” lead is followed with a full page spread visualizing his imagination. The larger format of this book adds to the impact of these large, vibrant illustrations and Henkes makes brilliant use of this space. For example, when the rabbit is imagining being green, the reader is treated with a panoramic wonder with no negative space leftover. Henkes delivers the feeling of springtime with a green, yellow, and pink palette. Bold, strong lines surround soft color, and the lines of the rabbit suggest lively movement. These illustrations are achieved through pencil and acrylic paint in the simplistic style that Henkes has so artfully mastered. This book is very strongly recommended for children ages two through five." said.

"Fuel your child's life with imagination: walk in the snow and photograph your footprints, make a snow angel worth photographing, and then walk briskly to the neighborhood library and find this appealing book.
Kevin Henkes is said to have written and illustrated his first book, All Alone, while in high school; that's quite an accomplishment. His parents fostered his love for reading, illustrating, and imagining by visiting the library. From there, his creativity took wing and in the latest book, published in January 2011, he introduces Little White Rabbit who wonders of being bigger, bigger than life, only to realize that wondering is great, within limits. Little White Rabbit meets a life-size cat and reconsiders what he wishes for.
I am all for giving your child wings for life's adventures. This book, with its colored pencil and acrylic illustrations will both allow your child to adventure into the story, its meaning and consequences, and possibly, illustrating a story on her own.
Once the little rabbit is exhausted from his wonderings, he heads home to find his Mother's arms ready to greet him. Hopefully, acquainting your child with books like this, she or he, too, will run into your arms.
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"As Little White Rabbit hops along, he wonders what it would be like to be green like grass, tall like fir trees, and flutter in the air like a butterfly. That's pretty much all there is to this story, which is accompanied by simple but cute colored pencil illustrations. Kevin Henkes employs the same style illustrations as he did in the Newbery winner Kitten's First Full Moon, but in color. The format is somewhat reminiscent of one of my personal favorite picture books, The Runaway Bunny: a bunny uses his imagination to be different things, text with pictures are interspersed with two-page illustration layouts for greater impact.

The illustrations are adorable and pastel-y (very Easter), and the story is very simple and easy to understand. It's not terribly ground-breaking or original, but I'm giving it four stars (rather than three) because it's a bunny, and I love bunnies. :) Besides, it's cute but not overly precious, which is more than I can say for a lot of books with this target audience.

Great for preschool storytime and bedtime reading.
Ages 2-4
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Genre: Concept Picture Book

Summary: This book explores how it would feel to be different things. Whether that would be different colors, different sizes, immobile, afraid, or secure. The illustrations are used to tell the story through the eyes of a rabbit who is exploring his environment.

Critique:

a.) The author excels at discussing what it must be like to be different things through the eyes of the rabbit. The illustrations are a strong aid in telling this story and providing visual clues as to what the words are trying to tell the reader.

b.) The biggest strength of this book is hands down the illustrations. The vibrant colors and attention to detail give the viewer a clear view of the idea that is being presented. The illustrations also use variations in size, color, and detail to help the reader understand each concept being presented. The main weakness of this book is that perhaps more details could have been provided via text to help solidify each concept.

c.) On pages 9 and 10, no words are presented. The previous page ponders what it might feel like to be tall. The rabbit is portrayed as tall as the fir trees while other rabbits are shown actual size. It gives you a visual clue as to what tall must seem to be to someone or something that has never experienced “tall”.


Curriculum Connection:

This book would be a wonderful addition to a unit about changes in animals or people. You could use this at the beginning of a science unit about animal cycles to encourage conversation about different states.
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