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Summary: With so many brother and sister bunnies, Jack desperately wants to find something that makes him stand out. But each time he thinks he's hit upon the perfect thing, his brothers and sisters copy him. Ultimately, he learns that being unique comes from the inside. This is a picture book with a moral about understanding and accepting yourself.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: There was so much visual activity on each page, that our preschooler had a hard time discerning Jack and what he was doing. S/He said s/he liked the story, but we could never get another reading.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great story, and the illustrations are beautiful. They are, however, full of secondary activities. Their business combined with extensive narrative make it hard to read with younger children.
Pros: The illustrations are incredible, and the story is a particularly poignant one (particularly for children in big families). The author provides find-and-seek activities buried in the pictures, as well as links to learn more about how they were made.
Cons: Although beautiful, the layers of activity can be distracting to the eye, as well as detract from proceeding with the story.
Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. If you collect children's books that qualify as art, this is a must have. We'd recommend test-driving it via your library first.
Educational Themes: On the literal side, the story opens a wonderful door to talking about feelings and self esteem. On the creative side, there is plenty to seek and learn about the art and "hidden" objects.
Notes: 2005 Foreword Picture Book of the Year - Gold, 2006 IPPY Children's Picture Book finalist (Ages 7 and up)