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.
|Contributor||Sally Lloyd-Jones , David McPhail|
|Short Bio||Sally Lloyd-Jones
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award Winner and ALA notable, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. She has written many picture books for children, including the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. 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.
|Publish Date||Feb 3, 2015|
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
I must admit, with Sally Lloyd-Jones as the author, I was expecting more of a moral-based or praise-based book. Really, this is just the story of a little bunny who is born one spring, sees the change that fall and winter bring, and then gets to see the re-birth of the next spring. The change and growth of the world are often compared to the bunny throughout the story. It is sweet to experience the seasons for the "first time" with the little bunny, and the illustrations are a beautiful complement to the text. There is a (paraphrased) quote from Martin Luther at the end of the story, but I wish the idea of God bringing new life had been emphasized in the text of the story, rather than just tacked on in a quote at the end.
I think Bunny's First Spring is a cute book to share with little ones about the changes that the seasons bring. (The book states ages 4-8, but I think this may be more suited for ages 2 or 3 through 6.)
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 1/27/15)
- Review by Sally
As the story begins little bunny is born and sees everything new and beautiful. As the seasons begin to change he doesn’t understand this is normal and worries because his friends are leaving and everything is dying and all things familiar are gone. Then as the ground thaws and the trees begin to bud and the flowers poke their way through the soil, little bunny once again is filled with hope as his friends return and he sees the miracle of new birth in animals and new life from things he thought were dead such as the flowers, grass and trees.
This cute little book will touch the heart of any child from ages 4-8. I have never met a little child who doesn't love a little bunny and what a wonderful way to teach them about seasons, death and rebirth. It could easily be adapted to fit the Easter season; however it is not a strong religious book and would be acceptable on secular level. Mr. McPhail’s illustrations are sure to delight any child young or old. I have been a great fan of Ms. Lloyd-Jones’ children’s books and in my opinion you won’t be disappointed with any of her books for your children. I loved the paraphrased quote at the end of the book by Martin Luther, reminding us that God promises new life.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 1/22/15)
- Review by Jessica
When a bunny is born in spring, the world is green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying. In bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, children will be transfixed by one bunny’s discovery of life, death, and nature’s miraculous transformation.
Award-winning artist David McPhail’s classic and inviting illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us while Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text weaves a hope-filled story perfect for the Easter season.
Even though its hard to tell by the snow Spring will be here before we know it. In Spring comes Easter and I cant wait for it to get here.
This is a great story for kids ages 3 and up. It teaches about rebirth, bunny is concerned when the seasons change and things start changing and thinks the Earth is dying. He learns about life & death. Bunny celebrates his birthday in the Spring.
My 8 yr old read this book for her reading log for school. By the cover she thought it was baby book but once she started reading it she really liked it.
When I chose this book I also thought it was a baby book. This book would make a great gift for your child for Easter! It a great book to add to our growing library. (Posted on 1/21/15)
- Review by Jackie
Maybe you’re thinking that a story about spring should have more to do with the resurrection of Jesus. Well, maybe. But I think young children learn so well from object lessons. The glory of summer, the beautiful fading of autumn, the quiet death of winter, the victorious emergence of spring. Even in the dead of winter, there is new life beneath the surface. That's what Bunny's First Spring is about.
(I received this book as a part of the Z Blog Squad. All opinions are my own and a good review was not guaranteed.) (Posted on 1/20/15)
- Review by April
I have reviewed other books written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and am really becoming a fan. This book makes the reader wonder about other animals as she playfully writes about Bunny. I enjoyed the book but couldn't help but wonder about more animals and curious as to what they think when the weather and seasons change. Sally wrote a nice book that sparks curiosity in minds of all ages.
The illustrator, David McPhail, has created great pictures of Bunny and all the seasons. It is fun to see the emotion all over Bunny's face as he is confused when the leaves and snow fall and fear when all his animal friends leave.
This book can easily be tied into any season lessons you might be teaching or Easter and spring. It truly can focus on the rebirth and Easter message. :)
This book is geared fro ages 4-8 and would make a great addition to your library. Zondervan has this hardcover for sale starting February 3, 2015. Try to win a copy of this book by entering the giveaway below: (Posted on 1/19/15)