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A Small Surpriseby Louise Yates
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A triumphant and endearing tale to tickle the smallest listeners.
A very small bunny wants to join the circus and is not put off by a sign reading “Small Animals Need Not Apply.” Though he is too small to wipe his nose or tie his shoes or walk far without a rest, he is not too small to make a BIG impression on the lion, the orangutan, and the other big animals of this circus troupe. This buoyant little tale is at turns funny, endearing, clever—and just right for the smallest child in any family. The brief text and expressive illustrations are great fun to share with a preschooler.
On the endpapers of this amiable ode to determination, an itinerant rabbit eyes a circus poster sporting the words "Jobs Available." Cut to the big top, where little rabbit, having chosen to ignore the fine print ("small animals need not apply"), finds himself surrounded by a bevy of large and fearsome creatures. Undaunted, he bravely extracts an umbrella, a pair of oversize shoes and a clown nose... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) from his red polka-dot bag. "I am too small to wipe my own nose," he admits, whereupon the large green snake helps him burnish his round red proboscis. "I am too small to tie my own shoes," he acknowledges. The fez-wearing monkey's giant hands make delicate work of this task. "I am too small to walk far," he continues, wobbling along the high wire, but when the inevitable happens, the rhinoceros deftly catches both nose and umbrella while our diminutive hero hangs on for dear life. Still, there's one thing rabbit is just the right size for: disappearing — inside the monkey's hat, inside the lion's mouth and inside the snake's ... um ... neck. But not to worry, he always happily — and occasionally explosively — reappears until his final trick leaves the other animals scratching their furry, knobby, scaly heads. The fun is in the contrast between the large animals' exaggerated mugging and the little bunny's blithe insouciance. It just goes to show that — contemporary cliches about villages raising children aside — it takes a lion, a giraffe, a bear, a gorilla, a rhinoceros and a "seriously savage" snake to raise a rabbit. Reviewed by Kristi Jemtegaard, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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A very small bunny wants to join the circus. Though he is too small to wipe his nose or tie his shoes, he is not too small to make a big impression. At turns funny and clever, this buoyant tale is just right for the smallest child. Full color.
About the Author
Louise Yates began drawing pictures to go with stories she wrote at a very young age. A Small Surprise is the first published book from this talented young author-artist who obviously understands the art of communicating with the youngest child through words and pictures. She lives in London.
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