I am a Bunny – Ole Risom & Richard Scarry

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.

I Am a Bunny - Story SnugThe 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.

Age Range: 2 +

Author: Ole Risom / Illustrator: Richard Scarry

14 thoughts on “I am a Bunny – Ole Risom & Richard Scarry

  1. We love Richard Scarry! We have our own much-loved copy of “Best Word Book” on our special shelf of books. I’ll have to look into this title as well. Thanks for the tip!

    • I only know Nicholas Bunny from this book. We had several at home too (that my parents still have) and it’s great that some are being republished for a new generation. Thank you for visiting Story Snug too 🙂

  2. This was a firm favorite of mine growing up and I could not wait to introduce it to my daughter. We started reading it at a very early age. Thinking that she had outgrown it at 3 1/2 I was about to put it away – I am glad she protested as we are discovering so much to talk about now that it is current the second time around!

    • I think it will also be great as an early reader too. Our toddler books are all coming back as my daughter starts to show an interest in reading because she can read them alone.

  3. It feels so good to pick up a timeless tale to read to children. There is a certain kind of charm to these books that I miss out when reading the newer kidlit books. Thanks for making this suggestion on Kid LIt Blog hop Catherine. Always look forward to your roundups!

  4. This is such a classic. That is such a sweet illustrations. Richard Scarry’s illustrations have certainly evolved over time though, haven’t they? Maybe “evolve” isn’t the right word; perhaps, “changed” would be better. Thank you for linking in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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