Age Range: 2 to 4
This beautifully illustrated board book, illustrated by Richard Scarry, is lovely to introduce the littlest of people to the concept of the seasons and what can be seen and experienced during each one. It is also great to stimulate discussion with older readers about different features of the seasons and where bunnies live.
The Story: Nicholas, a bunny, lives in a hollow tree. He introduces the reader to each season by showing us what he enjoys doing in each one. Then he goes back to bed to dream about spring.
I am a Bunny was published in the 1960s but the story and the illustrations are timeless, it is a beautifully simple introduction to the changing of the seasons. Nicholas enjoys watching butterflies and frogs, leaves falling from the trees and animals getting ready for the winter and he likes picking spring flowers and lying in the sun. The illustrations are beautiful, the double page spreads are boldly drawn using natural colours. My daughter loves choosing her favourite butterfly and counting the autumn leaves and I love the picture of Nicholas sheltering from the rain under a toadstool. For me, the short lines of simple text support the pictures and the book is so sturdy that even the littlest people can enjoy it.
Nicholas is a very cute bunny and there is exuberant joy in everything he sees and does. This book is a lovely celebration of nature and the seasons.
Author: Ole Risom / Illustrator: Richard Scarry
Many of Richard Scarry’s books are now being reprinted. Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever (my mum still has our original well loved childhood copy!) has just been republished to celebrate its fiftieth birthday.