Inspired by a certain half-white, half-brown jackrabbit seen at dusk at Victoria Beach, Manitoba, after a first snowfall, Bridgman’s latest follows the adventurous jackrabbits’ journey as they cavort through the four seasons. This deceptively simple volume engages youngsters by taking them on the adventurous jackrabbits’ journey as they frolic through different seasons, with the alphabet recital in the background: “P is for puddles/… puddles/ plus play./ Q is for quilt,/ cozy and warm./ R is for Rainbow,/ right after/ a storm.” The book is divided into four parts, depicting the four seasons of the year, with the alphabet recital included in all parts. The rhyming, fun text, the opportunities for interactivity, and the focus on the animals, including adorable jackrabbits along with their woodpecker, frog, toad, vole, geese, fish, hummingbird, bear, dragonfly, robin, mosquito, ant, and chipmunk friends make this an ideal candidate for repeat readings. The pleasant, bright illustrations feature four seasons of the year and happy, fun-loving jackrabbits and other animals. The backgrounds are plain white, helping to focus youngsters’ attention on jackrabbits as they hop through spring, summer, fall, and winter. It is great fun for read-aloud and a perfect toddler story time selection.
Categories: children's fiction