Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

When I saw this book in the spring/Easter display at my library I was immediately drawn to it. Ah, of course it is Il Sung Na! I absolutely adore A Book of Sleep. I love the layered illustrations and the whimsy.

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons follows in similar style to A Book of Sleep. The animals in the forest are getting ready for winter. We have geese flying away from the cold and bears hibernating. But he also includes a couple unusual animals: turtles swimming to warmer water and alligators (or crocodiles) still in the water. My favorite are the squirrels, mainly due to the fact that my 3 year old calls them "swirls". The narrator on this journey is our dear white rabbit... who, as we move through winter into spring, changes color.

I think this would make a fine storytime book about the seasons. Be sure to brush up on why the rabbit (or hare) changes colors.

Absolutely charming. Extremely beautiful. Unquestionably talented.

Also, this book is called Brrrr...A Book of Winter in the UK where all his books are first published. A Book of Sleep is titled Zzzzz..A Book of Sleep. I think this is funny.

Coming soon: Hide and Seek (June)


Patti said...

I loved her other book too. I'll have to request this. I never seem to get the new books I'm interested in at my branch!

joanna said...

Ha! You should crack down on your selector. :) I realized that I never read Thingamabob, which came out last year. I put it on my wish list, but never ordered it. I have it on hold at my library.

I just love how the illustrations have little illustrations inside. So much to look at and admire. There aren't as many hidden pictures in this book as Sleep, but it's still visually stunning.