Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

82) So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book by Rick Walton

Walton, Rick. So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book. Illustrated by Paige Miglio. HarperCollins, 1998. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-688-13656-7.

How many children does Mother Rabbit have to put to bed? “Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe. She had twenty-six children and knew what to do.” After feeding all her children, Mother Rabbit puts her children to bed in alphabetical and numerical order. The story keeps count of each child as Mother Rabbit makes her rounds to visit each of her children before bed. Each rabbit has their very own special sleeping spot: “1 was named Abel. He slept on the table/ 2 was named Blair. She slept in a chair/3 was named Carol. She slept in a barrel. ” In this beautifully illustrated picture book, drawn with pen-and-ink, children will learn triple concepts including their  numbers,  the alphabet, and rhyming words. The language is very simple, with simple sentences ending in rhymes such as “6 was named Frankie. She slept on a hankie”. There are full color illustrations, using a Victorian theme for the clothing and furniture, with blue-outlined boxes that function as labels for each of Mother Rabbit’s children. With entertaining illustrations that will show children many different ways of sleeping, and odd sleeping locations, such as on a tricycle, or inside a gate, this picture book will be humorous, yet educational.  (Picture book 2-4). The author’s website can be found at http://rickwalton.com/ and the illustrator’s website can be found at http://paigemiglio.com/.

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