Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
By Darienne Stewart,
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Hilarious tale of a toddler outing gone terribly wrong.
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Positive MessagesSometimes people misunderstand each other, and it can make everyone unhappy. It's important to try to be clear -- and to make things right when misunderstandings happen.
Positive Role ModelsTrixie's dad is cheerful and loving, enjoying his daughter's not-very-helpful "help" with the laundry. He tries earnestly to understand what she's upset about. He gives his everything to the search for Knuffle Bunny. And Trixie is certainly persistent.
Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Knuffle Bunny is a charming book for all ages about a toddler named Trixie who loses her favorite toy bunny, but is so young she's not speaking yet so she can't tell her dad what happened. Knuffle Bunny is a Caldecott Honor book that spawned two sequels and even a musical. Readers young and old relate to Trixie and her family.
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- Families can talk about Trixie's expressions, and how they help her communicate even though she can't yet speak. Point out her different facial expressions and see if you and your child can imitate some of them.
- Read the book again, this time focusing on the details. Look for Knuffle Bunny and find where he gets lost. Find the cameo of Pigeon from Mo Willems' popular series that began with Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus.
- How does Knuffle Bunny mix funny moments and sad moments? How do you feel when you lose one of your favorite things?
- Author: Mo Willems
- Illustrator: Mo Willems
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Adventures
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
- Publication date: September 1, 2004
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 6
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback
- Awards: ALA Best and Notable Books, Caldecott Medal and Honors
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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