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Rabbit Pie


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PreS-This charming picture book is the perfect recipe for a tranquil bedtime routine. Ives uses the recognizable language of a favorite recipe in collecting all of the reassuring ingredients needed to put six adorable bunnies to bed-a game of hide and seek, a bath, milk, a bedtime story-then follows each comforting step from bath time, "-place in soapy water. Gently scrub. Watch very closely. Fold into a soft towel-and allow to cool down," to bedtime. Each borderless watercolor painting uses soft, warm pastel colors and is an invitation into the mother rabbit's cozy home where her happy bunnies play with their toys, read, and help one another put on their pajamas before snuggling down for the night. A calm mother keeps a strong, watchful eye over her little dears as she tucks them into bed, "sprinkling with kisses." After sleeping "in a warm place until morning," the bunnies are ready for fresh carrots for breakfast to complete the sweet rabbit pie. Serve up this delightful story at evening storyhours with Mem Fox's Time for Bed (Harcourt, 1993) or pore over the homey details for one-on-one sharing.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

The title refers not to a recipe that culminates in consuming rabbits (horrors!) but rather to a mother rabbit's playful approach to bedtime. Ives (Mrs. Santa Claus) cooks up some gentle domestic humor from the interplay between the "recipe" that serves as the text and the cozily comic action featured on butter-toned pages. "First, gather together/ your ingredients./ 1 game of hide-and-seek/ 1 bath/ 6 pairs of pajamas," etc. Next, the chef must "find six small rabbits.../ if you can!," which prompts the bunnies' mildly mischievous attempts to hide (one simply puts a pot on top of his head). Several steps later (these include "Gently scrub./ .../ Pat dry,/ dust the bottoms"), the mother lovingly tucks in her young ones, at which point the recipe instructs, "Leave in a warm place until morning." With an inviting framework that parent and child will want to mimic, and its cozy, delicately watercolored scenes, this book will go down as satisfyingly as a warm glass of milk. Ages 2-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

A mummy rabbit prepares a `Rabbit Pie' for her little ones at bedtime with a creative blend of bunny ingredients: `One game of hide-and-seek One bath Six pairs of pyjamas Six cups of milk One Story A sprinkling of soft kisses.' As the bunnies romp across the pages, Mummy gets them ready for bed. She then leaves them overnight in a soft warm place, ready to wake in the morning to a fresh carrot breakfast, which combined with the bedtime ingredients, makes sweet rabbit pie. Whilst young readers may be unused to the concept of recipes and ingredients, the message of loving preparations and fun is quite clear. Warm hues and lively characters are skilfully depicted while the action and comic antics displayed make up a great bedtime read. -- Jana Novotny Hunter * Books for Keeps *

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