Saturday, March 2, 2013
Note: Other reviews pointed out that essentially the bad mood dissipates when (SPOILER ALERT!) Big Rabbit's mom and friends show up for a surprise birthday party. And, yeah, that does happen, but what is also in the book is the idea that you have to be responsible for your own person. When unable to reach his friends to help take his mind off his bad mood, Big Rabbit comes up with his own plan to get the bad mood to leave him alone.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Paul O Zelinsky brings this dark tale to new light through beautiful oil paintings and lyrical language. Each page is its own work of art, and will be enjoyed by children and appreciated by adults. Zelinsky doesn't simplify any of the story and uses complex sentence structures and "big" words to tell the story. Which is partly why it won the Caldecott Honor in 1987.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The story deals with learning we still have value and can impact the lives of others long after we think we have become obsolete. It's about friendship. And it's about the putt puff puttedy chuff that saves the day.