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The Resource Tiny rabbit's big wish, Margarita Engle ; illustrated by David Walker

Tiny rabbit's big wish, Margarita Engle ; illustrated by David Walker

Label
Tiny rabbit's big wish
Title
Tiny rabbit's big wish
Statement of responsibility
Margarita Engle ; illustrated by David Walker
Title variation
Tiny Rabbits big wish
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A small rabbit wishes with all his might to grow big--as big as the forest itself--until he discovers the advantage of being small and smart
Writing style
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 In this adaptation of an Afro-Cuban folktale, a tiny rabbit in the jungle doesn’t like being tiny. He wants to be as tall as a giraffe, with a nose as long as an elephant’s and a tail as enormous as a snow-capped mountain. But he remains tiny. Rabbit does grow, however, albeit just a little, and his long ears give him something even better than height. Now he has the ability to enjoy all the sounds of the jungle and to heed the sound of a lion approaching, and his small size enables him to pop into the safety of a rabbit hole. Walker’s acrylics convey the light and shade of the jungle with some nice comic touches, such as the woodpecker who taps out a growth chart for the rabbit on a tree. Walker takes care to make the rabbit look very much like a toddler, while the typeface makes words like tall and tiny just that—tall, tiny, and so forth. Engle delivers here a nifty life lesson in valuing what you have. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 03-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 13, p79)
  • A little rabbit yearns to be bigger (“He wished for a nose as long as an elephant’s trunk... and he wished for a tail as gigantic as a mountain”), but the only things really growing are his “two long, tall, powerful ears to help him hear every loud or quiet sound in the forest.” Tiny quickly realizes that these disproportionate body parts, coupled with his diminutive size, offer a distinct and even life-saving advantage in his ecosystem. Although this book opens like an ordinary animal tale, Newbery Honoree Engle (The Surrender Tree) and Walker (Boom! Boom! Boom!) soon prove that they are subtle storytellers—this “small is beautiful” volume offers readers real food for thought. Walker’s saturated, velvety acrylic pictures are inventively framed and strike an intriguing balance between sweet and sly; even the typography gets in on the act, with shifts in size and color that underscore the narration’s comic empathy. A sensitive reminder that talents and abilities come in all shapes and, yes, sizes. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 6, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 01, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for TINY RABBIT&#39 and S BIG WISH)Like lots of children and lots of picture-book characters, tiny rabbit wants to be big. Very big. The little brown bunny wants to be "as huge / as the forest / with legs as TALL / as trees / and eyes the size / of moons." He describes other animals and natural structures of gigantic size, but despite his intense wishes, he remains small. As time passes, he does grow in stature (slightly), but after he focuses on wishing to be powerful like a gorilla, he does grow in an important way. His ears grow much longer, giving him the power to hear "every loud / or quiet / SOUND / in the forest." Tiny rabbit can enjoy sounds both loud and soft, and he can notice the sounds of hungry lions and escape back to his rabbit den, "ENORMOUSLY / happy / to be smart and… / small." Acrylic paintings of tiny rabbit's environment are filled with jolly, smiling animals, although the huge lion does lick his lips in a slightly sinister way. The short text is integrated within the illustrations, with words indicating size set in different colors and varied types. Though the story isn't particularly revolutionary, tiny rabbit is an appealing character with an imagination that outstrips his diminutive size. Tiny Rabbit should be introduced to David Kirk's Oh So Tiny Bunny (2013), which also successfully explores the same theme. (Picture book. 2-5)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10282020
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Engle, Margarita
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD740L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.E7158
LC item number
Tin 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
3.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Walker, David
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Size perception
  • Body size
  • Wishes
  • Rabbits
  • Size
  • Wishes
  • Rabbits
Target audience
primary
Label
Tiny rabbit's big wish, Margarita Engle ; illustrated by David Walker
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1006897
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
21 pages
Isbn
9780547852867
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013020194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780547852867
Label
Tiny rabbit's big wish, Margarita Engle ; illustrated by David Walker
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1006897
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
21 pages
Isbn
9780547852867
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013020194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780547852867

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