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Summary: Bunny looks at the world with a positive spin; mouse does not. Bunny plans a picnic and it starts to rain, then Mouse gets carried away with the umbrella and gets hit on the head with apples. In a series of unfortunate events, Mouse and Bunny agree that they are very good friends. This lightly worded picture book lets kids tell the story about good and bad news in their own way.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 2 to 7
Reading Level: 1.8
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever, fun book. The illustrations are laugh-out-loud funny (like the lightning scene). It works well as a picture book and an easy reader. I can see young children *reading* it themselves, and also making up their own stories about the pictures, too.
Pros: Simple language and vivid illustrations make this picture book / easy reader engaging, educational, and fun.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is fun to read with young kids, and elementary students who need some encouragement will see themselves in Mouse and be heartened.
Educational Themes: Although pitched as a book about opposites, it is also a great illustration of the adage "glass is half full / glass is half empty." Focusing on that aspect will stretch the audience well into the elementary school years.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.