KITTEN'S AUTUMN

It’s autumn on the farm, and calico kitten is ready to explore the woodland nearby and observe its various denizens. “Hummingbird sips, / Caterpillar munches. // Rabbit nibbles, / Squirrel crunches.” Kitten hides and sees a brown bear licking a honeycomb, a deer browsing on grasses, a chipmunk eating seeds and a raccoon picking corn. Skunks, turtles, frogs and beavers—everyone seems to be eating hard to prepare for the cold weather. Kitten hurries home; “Supper waits, / Fireside greets. // Door opens, / Kitten eats.” The self-hardening clay, acrylic paint and mixed-media collage illustrations of Canadian author and illustrator Fernandes’s second season-centered kitten adventure (Kitten's Spring, 2010) are just as intricate and eye-catching as before—though kitten’s sojourn must take place in early autumn, since there is more green than popping autumn oranges and yellows. Kitten hides in nearly every tableau, and young listeners will enjoy hunting for her. Porcupine’s nibbling of a shoe early on will get a giggle or two, and a marked similarity between kitten's tail and a woolly bear caterpillar will cause double takes. A fine addition to seasons and kitty collections. (Picture book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-55453-341-1

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Kids Can

Review Posted Online: June 28, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2010

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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Leave the hopping to Peter Cottontail and sing the original song instead.

THE ITSY BITSY BUNNY

An Easter-themed board-book parody of the traditional nursery rhyme.

Unfortunately, this effort is just as sugary and uninspired as The Itsy Bitsy Snowman, offered by the same pair in 2015. A cheerful white bunny hops through a pastel world to distribute candy and treats for Easter but spills his baskets. A hedgehog, fox, mouse, and various birds come to the bunny’s rescue, retrieving the candy, helping to devise a distribution plan, and hiding the eggs. Then magically, they all fly off in a hot air balloon as the little animals in the village emerge to find the treats. Without any apparent purpose, the type changes color to highlight some words. For very young children every word is new, so highlighting “tiny tail” or “friends” makes no sense. Although the text is meant to be sung, the words don't quite fit the rhythm of the original song. Moreover, there are not clear motions to accompany the text; without the fingerplay movements, this book has none of the satisfying verve of the traditional version.

Leave the hopping to Peter Cottontail and sing the original song instead. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4814-5621-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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