Hip Hop! The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian
THE HABITS OF RABBITS ARE MANY, NOT FEW.
WITH PLENTY OF THINGS THAT THEY LOVE TO DO.
IN SPRING THERE'S SMELLING THE FRAGRANCE OF FLOWERS.
IN SUMMER THERE'S SWIMMING AND LAZING FOR HOURS.
There are many and diverse rabbits, doing varied and glorious things in this woodland scene--one fat black-and-white bunny rests in a lump, grey rabbits sniff the breeze, a pair of brown cottontails sit on their haunches and stretch tall to survey the grassy field, and one gives his ear a good scratch with a handy hind foot.
They race with their cousins, and hitch a ride on Pop's back. They dig holes, frighten frogs, and give a start to moles. But these rabbits do more than rabbitty things: in winter they build a snow bunny, and slide down snowy slopes, and if there's music, they provide the percussion with plenty of thumps. And when day is done, the little bunnies know just what to do.
ONE HABIT OF RABBITS THAT'S NOT TO BE MISSED,
IS SAYING GOOD NIGHT WITH A HUG AND A KISS.
As good storytellers do, Douglas Florian brings it all back just in time for bed in his just-published;The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits (Little Bee Books, 2016). Florian crafts his couplets in bouncy, bunny-evoking rhymes that kids will compete to complete along with the text, and artist Sonia Sanchez offers up a cast of comfortable conies having a jolly good time throughout the seasons. In her cozy mixed media illustrations Sanchez makes the best of the lithe and lovely curvy shapes of her bunnies and the lovely greening woodland scenes, punctuated by digital accents of red summer poppies and orange autumn leaves as the rabbits enjoy all the times of the year. A treat for eye and ear, this one is perfect for springtime or anytime fare.