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Hush, Little Bunny

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Papa bunny protects his little one in sweet spring tale.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Shows spring emerging from winter and the kinds of places bunnies hide when there's danger and where they go to stay dry when it's raining. Introduces vocabulary like "clover' and "meadow."

Positive Messages

A strong messge of neverending love: "Come, little bunny, come what may/ I'll watch you grow from day to day./ And when the spring has come and gone,/ I'm still gonna love you all year long." Also protective messages: "And if a hawk comes gliding down./ I'll show you a nest safe underground" ... "And if those bunnies don't play fair,/ I'll growl at them just like a bear."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The dad bunny and Little Bunny are both loving and playful and apprectiate the joys and beauty of nature. The dad is also protective and shows his kid the ways of the world and nature, and teached Little Bunny how to protect himself. Little Bunny's gender is never specified, so it can be anything to the reader.

Violence & Scariness

A bunny that Little Bunny is playing with bites him on the tail. 

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hush, Littel Bunny is a cute story by Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator David Ezra Stein (Interrupting Chicken) that shows a father's love for his kid and also welcomes spring. It follows the rhythm of the lullaby "Hush Little Baby" but doesn't have to be sung to be enjoyed. A bunny playmate bites Little Bunny's tail, and Dad growls at the biter.

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What's the story?

As the snow melts away, a papa bunny leads his little one out to play and protects him from dangers, including a hawk, and growls at a bunny playmate for biting Little Bunny's tail. The dad reassures Little Bunny of his lasting love.

Is it any good?

This gentle picture book conveys a father's love with simple text, a familiar, singable rhythm and endearing watercolor-and-ink illustrations of bunnies at play in nature. It's also a celebration of spring, with a warm brown and yellow pastel palette with spots of pink, green, and sky blue. The loving relationship between father and chid is a wonderful model that's reassuring without being sappy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the dad protects his kid in Hush, Little Bunny. What's different dangers does the dad save Little Bunny from?

  • How can you tell that winter is over and spring inis here? What words tell you that? What pictures show that? 

Book details

For kids who love stories of dads and animals

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