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Summary: Trixie is excited to show her one-of-a-kind stuffed bunny to her class at school. She is surprised to see Sonja, a classmate, has the same bunny. Because they begin to play with them, the teacher takes them away until school is over. After school the girls do fun things with their bunnies. It is not until the middle of the night that they realize they have the wrong bunny. They meet and exchange the bunnies and bond over their experience. This is a follow-up to Willems' Caldecott Honor book. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book,
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.4
Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked out this book. She liked the story, and how the girls had the same stuffed bunny. She was very interested in how they drew the pictures of the people like cartoons over real pictures like the city.
Adult Reader Reaction: At first I didn't like the story, but as I kept reading, I realized it was actually pretty cute. I was surprised my daughter she liked it. I thought the pictures would be odd to her but she liked how they put cartoons into real life settings.
Pros: This is a picture book with intriguing illustrations and a great lesson about sharing and taking care of something that is important to you.
Cons: Not really a reality that the parents would run out in the middle of the night to exchange stuffed animals.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is a cute story, so I am sure a library has it. If your child was having difficulty with sharing a toy with a friend, you might consider this for your personal library.
Educational Themes: There are several lessons here for young children. School is not for playing; if you play with toys during school they will get taken away. Sometimes others have your same toy and that is Okay.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, friendship, animal characters