Bunny Cakes

Book review by
Karyn Wellhousen, Common Sense Media
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Baby Max struggles to write -- kids will relate.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this story is written with minimal text and punctuated by cartoon illustrations. Kids will relate to Max's struggle to communicate in writing and will be motivated to make lists, as the book jacket suggests.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 2-year-old Written byXBrookieBabiX February 8, 2011
Awesome book. I love reading this to my girls and they love it to
Teen, 13 years old Written byAnimeGirl-Nikki April 11, 2010
Another sweet adventure with Max and Ruby. You can read this title (and the other ones, too)to your children, and you can also let them watch the tv show, which... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 6, 2010

What's the story?

Max has not yet learned to talk, read, or write, so how can he convey his yearning for Red-Hot Marshmallow Squirters? Cleverly, he takes his cue from older sister Ruby, who proficiently uses signs and symbols to communicate. Max experiences the frustration of learning a difficult skill, but finds out that persistence and ingenuity make it possible to achieve new goals.

Is it any good?

Max exhibits an important stage of learning to read and write as he invents his own symbol to get his message across in this entertaining story. When children scribble a message and expect adults to be able to read it, they are demonstrating their understanding that people communicate through written symbols. With support from adults and meaningful opportunities to engage in pretend writing, they gradually begin to recognize traditional symbols, such as the letters of the alphabet.

Ruby and Max's use of written symbols is integral to the story line and a focal point of the illustrations. Writing is further emphasized by close-up insets of the yellow-lined paper and the written messages of both characters. Rosemary Wells' cartoonlike style of drawing and her expressive bunny characters will keep children pleading, "Read it again!"

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they communicate. How do you tell someone you're sad or that you want a special snack? Can you point to any letters in the book and say what they are?

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