It is Little Rabbit’s birthday and his family surprises him with wrapped presents and a special trip to Rabbit World Theme Park.
Mama Rabbit packs a special birthday picnic and the family sets off for the amusement park with Little Rabbit and his red balloon leading the way. Little Rabbit is excited by the noise, color, and crowded activity of the park. He insists he is a big rabbit now and ignores his parents’ warnings to stay close. But when he suddenly finds himself all alone, he doesn’t feel quite so grown up anymore.
Harry Horse’s colorful and buoyant illustrations vividly depict Little Rabbit’s growing excitement and bring to life the infectious atmosphere of the amusement park. Readers will cheer Little Rabbit’s triumphant reunion with his beloved family and will identify easily with the young character’s conflicting desire for independence and his need of loving supervision.
★ “This cautionary tale has a deft and light touch, with soft, watercolor illustrations that portray a cozy rabbit home; an inviting theme park; and a small, but intrepid, protagonist.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
★ “The book perfectly captures the wonder and exuberance of a child on the cusp between toddler and big kid, taking first steps toward independence.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“The lovely ink-and-watercolor illustrations are filled with clever details kids will enjoy-carrot-shaped paddle-boats and bunny roller-coaster cars. Children will welcome this charming story and will connect with rabbit’s anxiety when he’s separated from his family and lost in the crowd.” ―Booklist
“This very sweet, colorful and timely book balances the importance of safety and listening to parents with the wonder of growing up…Both you and your child will love this touching story, and will cherish lap time or family bonding time as you read it again and again.” ―Picture Book Depot
AR Level: 2.5
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre F
Themes: Amusement Parks, Birthday, Family, Lost