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Snow rabbit, spring rabbit : a book of changing seasons
2011
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Author Notes
Originally from Korea, IL SUNG NA studied illustration at Kingston University in London. A Book of Sleep was his first picture book, followed by The Thingamabob . To learn more about Il Sung Na and his work, please visit IlSungNa.com.
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Genre
Fiction
Juvenile
Topics
Animals
Rabbits
Bears
Sheep
Farm animals
Nature
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  Publishers Weekly Review

"When snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare, everyone knows it's winter... including the rabbit." Simple text follows an assortment of animals through the winter months in scenes featuring Na's (The Thingamabob) crisp lines, effervescent color, and intricate embellishments. A round-faced white rabbit is the observer in each spread, watching as a string of ducks flies across the page ("Some fly away from the cold"), then peeping into a cave of hibernating bears ("Some have a long, cozy sleep where they live"). Sometimes the rabbit goes farther than observation: she startles a squirrel gathering acorns, leaps next to a deer who travels "far... to find things to eat," and, in the funniest spread, mimics the alligators who lurk in the swamp ("Some stay very still"), narrowing her eyes and lengthening her neck in a most unrabbitlike way. Complex and ethereal at the same time, Na's digitally manipulated spreads feature collage, stenciling, and finger painting over thickly daubed backgrounds; the pages teem with interest and texture. They're just right for dull winter bedtimes as families wait for warmer weather. Ages 1-5. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
What do the animals do when the snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare?nbsp; Some fly long distances, while some swim to warmer waters.nbsp; Some take a long, warm sleep where they live, while others have a thick, cozy coat and can stay in the snow!<br> <br> As with Il Sung Na's previous books, Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit is filled with rich illustrations, charming animals, and a simple, lyrical text--all wrapped up in a gorgeous package. It's a gentle introduction to the ideas of adaptation, hibernation, and migration, and an exhuberant celebration of changing seasons.
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