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Little Rabbit Goes to School

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Harry Horse has written and illustrated several children's books - including The Last Polar Bears and The Last Gold Diggers, winner of a Smarties Prize. In 2003 he won the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book Award for Little Rabbit Lost. He is also well-known as a political cartoonist - for the New Yorker, the Guardian, Scotland on Sunday and The Scotsman. Harry lives in Shetland with his wife Mandy, cat, Steve and dog, Roo, the star of many of his books.


The beguiling bunny introduced in Little Rabbit Lost here heads to the schoolhouse, leaping out of bed on the first day of class with abundant enthusiasm: " `Now we are big,' said Little Rabbit proudly. `We are going to school.' " He insists on bringing his special toy, Charlie Horse, whom he has gussied up with a red ribbon, and bounds off to the schoolhouse through a charmingly imagined forest of giant trees, thistles and mushrooms. But Charlie Horse soon shows a penchant for mischief, interrupting storytime by galloping across the teacher's shoes and diving into a bowl of cake batter. At recess, Little Rabbit won't share him with the other kids ("Charlie Horse does not want to play with you"). The author lets young readers decide whether Charlie Horse is the naughty one or if Little Rabbit is pulling the strings, acting out in response to a scary new situation (though he offers a sly hint with "Miss Morag let Charlie Horse rest on her desk while Little Rabbit painted a picture"). Whoever the culprit, youngsters just starting school will find Little Rabbit's ups and downs highly familiar as he navigates a rocky first day, perpetually in motion, adorable in his trademark ear-shaped cap and red raincoat. In the end, Little Rabbit triumphs over the day's dramas and decides Charlie Horse should stay at home a decision that children will relate to as they, too, begin to discover the delights of independence. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

PreS-K-It's a special morning for Little Rabbit-his first day of school. Over his mother's mild objections, he insists on taking his wooden toy. Unfortunately, Charlie Horse misbehaves terribly: he runs around during storytime, jumps into the cake batter, and gets Little Rabbit lost when their class goes for a walk. All ends well, however, and when he is safely back at home in his mother's lap, Little Rabbit decides Charlie Horse is not ready for school, but that he most certainly is. Fashioned in warm colors, the watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are wonderful. Along with the engaging text, they endearingly capture the diffidence and anxiety Little Rabbit feels as he faces an unfamiliar situation, and his gradual realization that this new experience is fun. No matter how many titles you have on this topic, be sure to make room for Little Rabbit.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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