Bunny's First Spring
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When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope. But as the season start to change, the bunny worries that the earth might be dying! Bunny's First Spring celebrates the Easter season and rebirth, little ones will be fascinated by the bunny's discovery of life, death and nature's miraculous transformations.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 10.25 X 8.75 X .25 (inches)
ISBN: 0310733863
ISBN-13: 9780310733867

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Publisher's Description

When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope.  But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying.  In bestselling author’s Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth.

Author Bio

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Moonbeam Award winner and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.

Editorial Reviews

A charming baby bunny experiences seasonal changes in his environment throughout his first year of life in this emotion-filled story from the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible (2007). In lyrical, soothing prose, the text follows the brown bunny through the four seasons, noting his observations of the changes in nature. The bunny is concerned by the changes he sees in the fall and by the seemingly dead appearance of trees, grass and flowers in winter. His parents and other animals reassure the bunny about the cycle of rebirth, and the bunny celebrates his springtime birthday with joy. Although the story can be interpreted as a Christian parable, there is no overt religious content until the final page, which includes a paraphrased quotation from Martin Luther about God's promise of new life being revealed in springtime as well as in books, presumably the Bible. (The actual quotation is not included.) Due to the mostly secular appearance of the story, this odd placement means the book is likely to be overlooked by readers looking for religious approaches to springtime stories. Delicate watercolor illustrations in McPhail's distinctive style are filled with delightful details and varied seasonal perspectives, as well as appealing rabbits and other creatures. The concluding quotation and the subtext of rebirth make this an oh-so-subtle Easter title that readers may well miss. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)
A Martin Luther quote ends this book, reminding readers that God has written the promise of new life in every springtime leaf. But in the beginning, there is a bunny, born in the spring, who sees that “the earth is new, like me.” As other newly born animals take their first steps or fly from the nest, the bunny notices the beauty of the world. As the seasons change, the bunny becomes attuned to the cycle of life, though, at times, it frightens him: the world seems to be dying before his eyes. “And Yet-And Yet!” the woodpecker taps. Sure enough, after a winter’s sleep, the bunny understands that life can be resurrected from apparent death, and the sun’s warmth can return to gladden hearts. McPhail’s ink-and-watercolor artwork displays both the innocence and concern that come as the bunny begins to understand that the world is complicated, and it culminates in the joy of fresh beginning. Although this can be read on a secular level, young Christian children will see overtones of the Jesus story in Lloyd-Jones’ comforting words.

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  1. tere
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    bunny's first spring
    September 30, 2015
    tere
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lovely book, will get another copy for grandchildren!
  2. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    February 7, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Bunny's First Spring may be a children's book but it reminded me of some very important truths. Fall is a season of dying and winter can seem like death, but spring brings the hope of renewal.

    This tale takes us through the first year of little bunny's life. He is born in the spring when everything is fresh and new. But soon the seasons begin to change and fall is upon them. Everything about nature seems to be dying and slowing down. This of course makes bunny sad. The trees and streams and other animals whisper to him that it is just a season of rest but bunny doesn't hear them.

    With the onset of winter bunny and his family go into hibernation. When the family awakes spring is upon them. And once again all things are made new.

    This is another beautiful story from Sally Lloyd-Jones that gently teaches the concept of renewal. This would be the perfect addition to an Easter basket or a unit study on spring for your young children. The illustrations by David McPhail are simply beautiful and sure to keep your kiddo interested in the story.

    A book was provided to facilitate my review.
  3. Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect Easter Gift
    January 25, 2015
    Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This cute little book was delivered to my mailbox this week. I couldn't wait to break open the box and read it. I have it planned for my little Livie Lou. The book is hardback~ written on high quality glossy paper with beautifully illustrated pictures.

    The story is just as cute. Bunny sees Spring full of life when he enters the world. He runs and plays and enjoys life until Autumn starts to change things all around him. Bunny becomes fearful when Apple Tree starts to lose his leaves and wonders if he is sick. Bunny learns that the world is just going to sleep as he will do also and that Spring will come once again.

    This is a wonderful story to celebrate Spring with the little ones in your life. It is the perfect gift for any Easter basket~ which is just what I plan to do with this copy.
  4. MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Share the year with Bunny
    January 23, 2015
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A fresh, new picture book has arrived just in time to share with your favorite littles. Of course, adults have permission to enjoy it too. A sweet young bunny tells the story in a childlike perspective, sharing his observations of the world around him. The tale takes readers through the year as nature changes each season, appealing to the senses. It also reassures us that change is okay, so we can trust and hope for the future. I appreciate the emotions captured in the text, so honest and real. The lines sometimes rhyme but not consistently, which detracts a bit from the reading. I recommend Bunnys First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones to all. I received the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  5. cathy
    Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones
    January 23, 2015
    cathy
    Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones is a delightful read-to-me children's book on the renewal of spring. Bunny is born in the spring when the earth is warming and grows and plays in the summer. The earth is growing and green and all is good. Everything around is growing and lush. Then something begins to happen. The days turn cool and the green turns drab and brown. Things start leaving. First the leaves fall off the trees and there are no more frogs in the pond. Bunny grows fearful and thinks that his beautiful earth must be dying. Bunny is getting colder and more afraid so he does what he has always done. He runs into his hole to his mama. He gets sleepy and falls to sleep with his family. And he sleeps and sleeps until once again the world renews into Spring.

    This is a great delightful book on the way of the world and how the seasons change and how the animals react to the change. It would be a good book to read to children of a young age. It has many colorful pictures for them to enjoy and not many sentences on each page which with my children anyway that was important to them that the pages are turned fairly quickly during the reading of the story. I would recommend this book for toddler through school age children.

    I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.
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