Synopses & Reviews
The bunnies are back and writing their holiday wish lists--with a little help from a bunch of baby mice. A winter's (cotton) "tail," the sequel to DEAR BUNNY, by acclaimed artist Caroline J. Church.
Bunny BFFs Tino and Teeny can't wait for the holidays! Tino wants food, flowers, and a telescope to see the stars. Teeny would like some sweet red berries and a pair of mittens to warm her paws. Each rabbit writes a wish list and pins it to the same hollow log where once upon a time they left letters for each other. But after they've hopped along, an icy gust of wind blows the wish lists--whoosh!--away. When a bunch of playful baby mice discover the notes, they're delighted to shred them into all sorts of winter toys. What will become of the bunnies' holiday wishes?
"Fans of Morgan and Church's Dear Bunny will either welcome this holiday-themed twist on that tale or find it overly derivative, as the collaborators adhere to the recycled-letter formula they cleverly concocted in their earlier book. Referring to the season as 'a Very Special Time of Year' when wishes comes true, Teeny suggests that they devise wish lists and pin them to a hollow log. Among their requests are luscious berries, heaps of flowers, 'one soft blanket to hug and snuggle on cold nights.' But after the wind sends the letters aloft, baby mice find them and use them to fashion playthings. Distressed at their error, they make tiny presents out of the lists' remnants and decorate a pine tree with friendly wishes ('heaps of love to keep you warm'). Morgan's peppy narrative features a creative mingling of verbs, as when she describes the mice's gift-making: 'ripping and wrapping and finding and folding, licking and sticking, planning and wishing.' Sprinkled with snowflakes, Church's illustrations form a cheerful wintry setting and her endearing animal characters brim with personality. This appealing offering puts a welcome spin on the notion of wish lists. Ages 3-5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Best friends Tino and Teeny can't wait for the holidays. Each rabbit writes a wish list and pins it to the same hollow log where they once left letters for each other. But an icy gust of wind blows the wish lists away. What will become of the bunnies holiday wishes? Full color.
About the Author
Michaela Morgan has written over one hundred books for children, including picture books, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Her poetry has been widely anthologized, and she is the editor of Words to Whisper, Words to Shout, a collection of short-listed poems for the prestigious Blue Peter Book Award. She divides her time between Brighton, England and Cote d'Azur, France.
Caroline Jayne Church is a bestselling author and illustrator. Some of her bestselling titles include I LOVE YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, HOW DO I LOVE YOU? by Marion Dane Bauer, YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE by Jimmie Davis, and GOOD NIGHT, I LOVE YOU. She lives in Surrey, England, but you can visit her at www.carolinejaynechurch.com.