Title: Bunny’s First Spring
Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrator: David McPhail
“And the days went on …
Until one morning.
When the bunny woke up
And sniffed the air
And something was different …
Below the snow
Hidden in every root,
Inside every bud,
In every seed,
A secret was stirring …”
Sally Lloyd-Jones writes in her children’s book, Bunny’s First Spring.
This thirty-two-page hardbound targets four to eight-year-old children who enjoy stories about bunnies and animals along with the seasons. With no questionable scenes except the concept of the earth dying, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Published by a Christian organization, the book contains only one mention of God within a quote at the end of the book.
Best-selling author Lloyd-Jones has written many children’s books, one receiving a New York Times Review Notable Children’s Book of the Year. Having illustrated over fifty children’s books, McPhail’s cute and colorful drawings are easy to understand, covering the full pages. A black font of words overlaps the designs.
After a quote by Philip Larkin, this tale is about a bunny born in springtime when the earth is new and green. When the rabbit tells his mother and father the world is beautiful and strong, they reply it is just like him. As time passes, the little critter notices the trees losing their leaves and the birds flying away. He is told to wait and see what happens next.
Afraid that the world is dying, the sad bunny entreats to his burrow with his parents, hibernating for the long winter. When spring returns, he notices everything coming to life again and is happy. The story ends with a paraphrased short quote from Martin Luther about God’s promises of new life.
Although some readers may perceive the book to be depressing by focusing on winter’s appearance to be the earth’s demise, the hope of spring around the corner should be reiterated to young ones as well as the fact that God created the seasons along with the animals.
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