Pat the Bunny

Book review by
Karyn Wellhousen, Common Sense Media
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Enduring classic tots love to pat, scratch, and sniff.

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 interactive book first published in 1940 is a classic loved by generations. It encourages toddlers to explore the world of two children with actions like patting soft fur, smelling flowers, and looking in a mirror.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykellyglover May 5, 2019

Forever a Favorite!

I had this book as a young child in the 70's. I fondly remember this being one of my favorites. I would look at it over and over again, turning the pages 1... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 16, 2017


So cute. Even I was really into it.
Kid, 12 years old April 11, 2009

brings back memories.

I remember when I was only three years old reading this over, and over, and over again! I just thought it was amazing! It was my favorite book for about 2 years... Continue reading

What's the story?

Read it again! was the reaction of one 3-year-old boy when he was introduced to this book. Young readers can't resist the invitation to mimic the actions of Paul and Judy and happily explore each page -- touching, poking, and waving bye-bye.


Is it any good?

First published in 1940, this endearing book has become a beloved classic and a best-selling children's book. The outstanding features are those that allow children to use their senses -- feeling, seeing, touching, and smelling -- as they interact with the book. The illustrations are simple black line drawings with yellow, turquoise, and peach colors added, and backgrounds are solid white or peach with a flower border; the effect is clean and uncluttered, making the activities the focus. The miniature book-within-a-book is charming and reinforces the value of reading.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their senses. What do your ears, eyes, and nose do? What is the softest thing you can think of, and what is the scratchiest?

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