Yesterday marked the final day of Picture Book Month by celebrating one of our favourite bookish creatures. We are kind huge fans of rabbi...

Picture Book Month - Rabbits

Thursday, December 01, 2016 BookBairn Blog 12 Comments

Yesterday marked the final day of Picture Book Month by celebrating one of our favourite bookish creatures. We are kind huge fans of rabbit books in this house and it's no wonder with BookBunny to accompany our reading adventures. We've written posts about many lovely rabbits from Miffy to Peter (and friends) to Little Rabbit in Tickle Bunny. In fact, my first ever post was about the hare family from the Guess How Much I Love You books. So when I volunteered to write a post about rabbits for a team of fellow picture book enthusiasts it didn't concern me that I might run out of rabbit-y stories! And I haven't.

In fact, the book I've chosen is one that BookBairn adores and had been a favourite choice for nap and bedtime story recently. You know that we LOVE the Emma Dodd books and BookBairn just loves 'Love'. Like all the books in the series, this one tells the story of a parent and child getting ready to cuddle up at bedtime and recalling the events of the day. Written with the most beautiful poetry with words that will bring a tear to a parents eye, it creates moments of real magic. The illustrations are deceptively simple with beautiful creatures from the animal kingdom. But to add to the magic, many of the pages are embossed with gold foil making them literally glow!

'Love' tells the story of a mother (or father) rabbit tucking their little one in to bed and telling them all the things they know about love.

"Love is in the morning sun when you wake and smile at me,
Love is when we talk together, happy as can be."

"I love you when you get it right, and when you get it wrong.
The world is much more lovely since the day you came along"

But the lines that always get me are:

"I love you so and when I try to count the reasons why...
... I find there are more reasons...
... than there are stars in the sky."

It's beautiful.

As part of the Picture Book Month collaboration, I was also asked to share a craft inspired by the book and this is something I find quite tricky as BookBairn isn't yet two she doesn't really do 'directed' artwork. But I decided to give it a go and see what we could come up with. And it's cute, but not very imaginative! At nursery, little miss has apparently enjoyed gluing and sticking so I thought I would create a starry sky with her. I picked up some pre-cut stars (yes, I am that lazy but I did wrap 24 books for advent this month so I'm giving myself a break!). And she created this beautiful starry sky. And it's true I find there are more reasons than there are stars in this sky!

Do you have any good rabbit-y picture book recommendations for us? I'm always looking for more to add to our collection!

Hope you've read lots of picture books this month!
Mummy and BookBairn xx

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12 comments:

  1. We LOVE Emma Dodd books too! I didn't know about this one though. It looks and sounds like one I need to get! Our favorite bunny book is Runaway Bunny. What a great activity for a young toddler.

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    1. They are just fabulous! Definitely the books I wish I had written! Will look up Runaway Bunny - thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. That's the most beautiful starry sky I have ever seen. #biased.

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    1. Thank you! We should have shown it to you today! Whoops - too much excitement! xx

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  3. We love Martha and her Bunny Brothers. The books are written and illustrated by Clara Vulliamy and will be perfect for Book Bairn very soon :o)

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    1. I love Clara Vulliamy! Will definitely need to look that one up!

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  4. What a gorgeous craft to go along side the book! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to more crafts when she gets older!

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  5. That looks lovely! I hadn't thought about there being so many books about rabbits. Rabbits are one of my absolute favourite animals :)

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    1. Mine too! And BookBairn loves our pet bunny so I think she's a fan too!

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  6. The Emma Dodd books are just so gorgeous aren't they! We like Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie, I'm sure you'll already know about this one as it's about how brilliant libraries are #readwithme

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    1. Love that one too! Emily is a Scottish author too so we have a special interest in that one! x

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