Monday, March 21, 2011
This is another wonderful story that was given to us as a baby shower gift. (Thank you, Alisa!) Our first featured Golden Book, I Am a Bunny follows the adorable red-overall-clad Nicholas throughout the seasons. We have the sturdy board book version, which is perfect for even the youngest readers. The story, written by Ole Risom, is very simple -- we learn about all the different things Nicholas likes to do throughout the year such as watch the birds, chase the butterflies, blow dandelion seeds into the air -- but it's Richard Scarry's amazing illustrations that really make this book for me. We love many other Scarry titles, too, but in my opinion, this is his best artistic work by far. The pictures are beautifully drawn and his attention to detail is amazing. I just love the way every butterfly, bird, and frog is different, and his wonderful use of color makes it seem like I can feel the seasons changing as we turn the pages. I even love the illustration on the back cover of Nicholas lying in the grass admiring a cricket. It is a soothing and peaceful book to read and a great way to teach little ones about the seasons. It's a perfect story to read before bed, too, as in the end, Nicholas curls up in his hollow tree to dream about spring. What better book to feature on this first full day of spring as we watch the snow falling outside? Hopefully we'll all be outside picking flowers soon, just like Nicholas.