Friday, July 17, 2009

Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan

Emmaline loves bunnies. She has begged and begged for a bunny, but was always told that bunnies were "too untidy." You see, Emmaline lived in the town Neatasapin where the mayor has banned everything untidy: he's concreted over the grass, banned wild animals, even put alarms on babies to let parents know when they need a diaper change!

Emmaline is a rather untidy girl. She is full of life, a girl who shouts when she's excited, likes to dig in the dirt and splash in puddles. No one will play with her because she is untidy, and when the mayor demands that she change her ways her parents bribe her with a gift...a bunny!

Emmaline is tidy for one month and gets her wish, only to be disappointed that the bunnies in the pet shop are programmed to be tidy bunnies-they don't hop or do anything bunny-like.

Poor Emmaline is so disappointed. Will she ever get a bunny?

What I Thought:
This is simply a lovely book about a little girl and her love for bunnies. This is also a great lesson on why it is important to sometimes be a little untidy and to keep our world a safe place for wild animals, especially bunnies! The story is accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations.

This book would be a wonderful read-aloud and would spark some wonderful discussions! (Conservation, tidiness pros & cons, pets, wild animals, etc.)


Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan.

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