Leo Lionni, award winning illustrator extraordinaire, begins his fable by personifying both the pencil and the scissors, an instant crowd pleaser for little ones.
‘ “Good morning,” said the scissors
to the pencil. “What shall we do today?” ‘
Two beautifully simple rabbits are swiftly constructed by each piece of equipment and the rabbits instantly become friends. When hunger strikes they immediately turn to their creators – how handy to have a delicious crunchy carrot instantly materialise before your very eyes!
This a perfect story for this age group with just a brief couple of sentences on each page. Depth to the story comes lightly towards the end, with a ‘discussion’ on shadows and how that makes the carrot and the rabbits real.
‘ “That carrot is real! said the scissors rabbit.
“How do you know?” asked the pencil rabbit.
“It has a shadow!” the scissors rabbit replied.’
Now you just know that after reading this, you’ll be forever pointing out the shadows to your little one. Perfect.
Let’s Make Rabbits is a featured book in our Best Books for Easter collection.