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MAYBELLE, BUNNY OF THE NORTH

Author: Keith Patterson

Illustrator: Keith Patterson

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Publisher: Bees Knees Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Maybelle is a bunny who lives in Alaska. You follow her day in the richness of the Alaskan frontier, including the features that make Alaska unique (flora, fauna, transportation, etc.). This is a big-print picture book for first grade readers.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 1.1

Age of Child: Read with boys 3 and 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys liked the book enough to look at the pictures, but it wasn't a favorite.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked it OK. It is not easy to find books with Moose in it, and it was awesome to see a little girl bunny playing with trucks. It was an interesting read, and very cute.

Pros: For a picture book, it offers some new material (Alaska, girls playing with trucks). It also has a wweet ending where the bunny gets tucked into bed after a busy day.

Cons: The illustrations are cute, but not extraordinarily so.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a sweet book, but it doesn't have that "wow" factor you'd want in your personal library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: DEAR POLAR BEAR ...   GROWING UP GRIZZLY; THE TRUE STORY OF BAYLEE AND HER CUBS   SUNNY BUNNIES

Educational Themes: With young children, you can use this book for object identification; it is also nice to introduce them to Alaska, and its flora and fauna.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, easy reader, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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