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Read to your bunny



New York : Scholastic, [1997]
Physical Description:
16 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Brief rhyming text and colorful illustrations tell what happens when parents and children share twenty minutes a day reading.


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This simple rhyming story by bestselling author/illustrator and reading advocate Rosemary Wells has become a rallying cry for reading aloud to young children. It has been used by many libraries, states, and organizations for literary outreach. "A celebration of the pleasures of reading.... Each framed scene is a loving tribute both precise and precious and wholly satisfying in artistic presentation and integrity." - School Library Journal

Author Notes

Rosemary Wells was born in New York City on January 29, 1943. She studied at the Museum School in Boston. Without her degree, she left school at the age of 19 to get married. She began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing.

She is an author and illustrator of over 60 books for children and young adults. Her first book was an illustrated edition of Gilbert and Sullivan's I Have a Song to Sing-O. Her other works include Martha's Birthday, The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, Unfortunately Harriet, Mary on Horseback, and Timothy Goes to School. She also created the characters of Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko, which are featured in some of her books. She has won numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Poe award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS‘A celebration of the pleasures of reading that will have more appeal to adults than to preschoolers. Using a multicolored cast of bunnies, Wells shows that reading can be done anywhere‘on a plane or a boat, or even in a bathtub. "Read to your bunny often,/It's twenty minutes of fun./It's twenty minutes of moonlight,/And twenty minutes of sun." A final note again stresses the value of reading to children. While this message-laden story could have been overwhelming, Wells manages to steer clear of didacticism through her heartwarming illustrations. Each framed scene is a loving tribute both precise and precious and wholly satisfying in artistic presentation and integrity. The book's small size and large print make this a perfect gift for new parents or for anyone who reads to children.‘Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Books for youngest readers featuring well-known characters are back in books with new sizes and formats. Rosemary Wells's Read to Your Bunny, which featured prominently in the 1997 "Read to Your Bunny" campaign, is now available in a larger, lap-size board book edition. About the original edition PW wrote, "The joy of reading shines on every fuzzy face." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Despite Wells's fetching illustrations of adult bunnies reading to young ones in various settings (in an airplane, at the beach, in the bath tub, etc.), this is not a book for kids, but a multi-paged billboard for their parents. The importance of reading aloud to a child for twenty minutes each day is driven home in the minimal rhyming text and a more detailed afterword. From HORN BOOK Fall 1998, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Although it can be argued that the text is really directed more toward parents than children, libraries will want to have this on hand just because of its inviting message. The text is short and simple: "Read to your bunny often, / It's twenty minutes of fun. It's twenty minutes of moonlight, / It's twenty minutes of sun." The last verse exhorts adults to read to their bunnies often, and "your bunny will read to you." Each line of text gets one of Wells' delightful bordered pictures of parents and children at all sorts of activities, from bathing to skating, but always with a book in hand. Proceeds from the book will be donated to a national literacy program. --Ilene Cooper