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by Jo Empson & illustrated by Jo Empson

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-84643-492-1
Publisher: Child's Play

When a creative rabbit disappears after spreading color and music through the woods, other rabbits feel a sense of loss until they discover what he left behind.

Rabbit enjoys “rabbity” things, like hopping, jumping, twirling his whiskers, washing his ears, burrowing and sleeping, but he also enjoys “unrabbity” things, like painting and music. Rabbit fills “the woods with color and music,” and his happiness spreads everywhere. But when Rabbit disappears, the woods turn “quiet and gray,” and the rabbits feel sad—until they find the paints, brushes, chimes, pipes and drums Rabbit left for them. They use Rabbit’s gifts to create their own color and music, remember him and feel happy. The repetitive, spare text works beautifully with expressive watercolor illustrations that rely on pattern and color to stress the connection between creativity and happiness. If Rabbit’s doing “rabbity” things, his black silhouette appears as a subdued shape in a tiny green grass patch on a pure white background. If he’s painting or making music, his black form wields brushes and blows a giant pipe against an energized background that explodes with multicolor splashes and musical notes. After Rabbit disappears, everything’s black, white and gray; when the rabbits begin painting and making music, pages teem with whimsical color and pattern.

An imaginatively designed lesson in creativity and loss. (Picture book. 3-6)