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TUMBLE BUNNIES by Kathryn Lasky


by Kathryn Lasky & illustrated by Marylin Hafner

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2265-6
Publisher: Candlewick

An insecure little rabbit finds that the air is where he shines. Clyde’s unhappiness about the upcoming Sports Spectacular at school is compounded by his older brother’s teasing—so much so, in fact, that he starts to think of ways to miss the whole event, to avoid the humiliation of not being chosen for a team. When his friend Rosemary tells him that there will be individual acrobatic events as well as team sports, however, Clyde decides to put his bed-bouncing prowess to the test on the trampoline in a display of “dynamic air tumbling”—with predictably satisfying results. Lasky’s rather lengthy text displays a sympathetic understanding of the child psyche; readers, athletic or not, will easily recognize Clyde’s insecurities, and they will delight in his triumph. Hafner’s amiable ink-and-watercolor illustrations depict a school full of happily middle-class bunnies all going about their sporty business. If it’s not a startlingly original setting or plot, it’s nevertheless an eminently comfortable one—and there’s nothing wrong with that. (Picture book. 5-8)