We just got this book and we LOVE it. Jenna calls it “the Bunnywunny book.” The story is about little Emily Brown and her stuffed rabbit friend named Stanley. One day, a queen sends her footman to ask for the bunny in exchange for another gift. Emily Brown emphatically states that, “This Bunny is NOT for sale!” and “sends that footman away.” As the story progresses, the queen becomes more persistent, and offers more and more toys in exchange for the bunny. She sends the army, navy and air force, and then finally simply steals him. I won’t spoil the ending except to tell you that it works out well for everyone, with a creative twist.
The illustrations are quirky and engaging, and I especially love the way the book encourages imagination through all of the interesting adventures that Emily and Stanley have (that the queen’s people keep interrupting). They prepare for launch into outer space, they ride a motorcycle through the Sahara desert, they deep-sea dive off the Great Barrier Reef, they climb through the Amazon rain forest, and explore the Milky Way. What a fantastic way to introduce geography and astronomy while also encouraging imagination!
I would highly recommend this book for kids 2-8. Younger kids will love hearing it, and older kids can read it on their own. Jenna wants us to read it three times a day right now.