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||Jan 27, 2015|
- Review by Zac
The story started off pretty good with the bunny experiencing its first spring. I enjoyed this part of the story. As it moved on and things began to dye, I felt the story became a little depressing. In a way, I think this is good as it gave the weight of the winter and I could feel it. On the other end, I really wanted this to be a happy story and not one that made me feel a little depressed reading it.
I think this story does open up the opportunity for parents to talk to kids about the different seasons. I didn’t get a strong Biblical message from this book and at the very end is a quote from Martin Luther.
I thought the illustrations were okay. For a children’s book, I would have liked the bunny to be more cutely and cute. It wasn’t that the illustrations were exactly dated, but I have seen illustrations in other books that I feel are more inviting and fun.
Overall I felt this book was okay. It isn’t one I really am looking forward to reading again.
*I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this review. (Posted on 2/19/15)
- Review by Fitzysmom
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. (Posted on 2/7/15)
- Review by Cindy
- Review by The IE Mommy
The phrasing is very lyrical and while it doesn't rhyme, it still has the same feel as rhyming books in the way that it's written. It reminds me a lot of poems and has the same magic and whimsy to it.
This little bunny is born in the spring and the book takes us through the first seasons of his life. He grows and changes with the seasons and all discoveries and experiences are magical and new to him.
The bunny worries when spring fades and fall and winter begin that the earth is dying. I thought Lloyd-Jones did a great job of brining this up and explaining the seasons. I never really thought about before what it must be like for children to experience the earth's changes and not really understand it. Reading this to my five year old we talked about the seasons and she had a lot of questions. It was interesting to hear her perspective that was similar to the bunnies.
Bunny's First Spring is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated and children will love this little bunny's adventurous spirit and sweet heart.
(Posted on 2/2/15)
- Review by Jalynn
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.
About the Author:
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.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal for all living things. This is just a precious picture book, perfect to teach your child about the world around them and what springtime is all about. Bunny sees such a beautiful, perfect world around him when it's spring. Each day he is awakened to some new growth such as a plant or flower or some new sound such as the birds singing. Each day his world is alive with activity, but soon the seasons begin to change and he is so afraid that the world is dying. His parents are always by his side reassuring him to be patient. And just as he is use to the winter, it turns and welcomes spring all over again.
This is a precious children's book, filled with touching prose and beautiful illustrations! A sweet book to read at Easter!
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review for my participation on the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 1/30/15)
- 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)