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"Longing for spring, Little Rabbit, who has grown very tired of winter, follows his wise grandmother’s advice to ask the trees when the season will arrive, but when they don’t respond, he finds the answer right under his nose. Illustrations." - (Baker & Taylor)

A little rabbit, who doesn't like waiting, longs for spring.Little Rabbit is hungry, bored and very tired of winter. “When will it be spring?” he asks his parents. When they aren't sure, he turns to his wise grandmother. “Only the trees know,” she says. “Ask them, and they will tell you.” So Little Rabbit does. But the trees don't answer him. He tries shouting, jumping, listening hard. Still nothing. Then, just when he's about to give up, he notices something different in the forest, something that's right underneath his nose ...For every bunny who has a hard time waiting, this is the perfect story to show them how. - (Grand Central Pub)

A frustrated little rabbit longs for spring in this gentle, warmhearted story about waiting.

Little Rabbit is hungry, bored and very tired of winter. “When will it be spring?” he asks his parents. All they can tell him is that he must wait and be patient. Except, Little Rabbit doesn’t like waiting, or being patient. Instead, he turns to the oldest, wisest rabbit in the forest, his grandmother, to find out when it will be spring. “Only the trees know,” she says. “Ask them, and they will tell you.” So Little Rabbit does. But the trees don’t answer him. He tries shouting, jumping up and down, listening very hard. And still, nothing. Then, just when Little Rabbit is about to give up, he notices there’s something different in the forest, something that’s right underneath his nose …

Author Jane Whittingham’s message of finding hope and patience in trying times is always a relevant one for children. The lyrical depictions of the forest in winter — “The winds blew and bit, the trees shivered and shook, and the snow fell and fell” — give this book the feel of a classic. Cinyee Chiu’s lush illustrations in muted shades evoke a magical wintery world, and their varied perspectives perfectly showcase Little Rabbit’s place in his world.

This book offers excellent character education lessons on patience, perseverance and resilience. Young readers will be rooting for Little Rabbit, easily relating to his impatience. It’s the perfect read-aloud for a late-winter day, or anytime children are finding it hard to wait.

- (Grand Central Pub)

Author Biography

Jane Whittingham is a children's librarian and the author of several picture books. While she waits for spring to come, she entertains herself with tea and books. She lives with her family in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Cinyee Chiu studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has worked on books, board games and more. Interested in sustainable living, she dreams of someday planting her own spring vegetable garden and living somewhere close to nature. She divides her time between Colombia and Taiwan. - (Grand Central Pub)

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Little Rabbit is tired of winter. He asks his parents when it will be spring, but they tell him he must be patient. He checks to see if his grandmother has a different answer. She advises him to ask the trees. Only they know, she says. Little Rabbit tries talking to the trees, but they are frustratingly silent. Shouting and jumping to get their attention, Little Rabbit exhausts himself but still gets no reply. Only when he calms down does he experience the quiet, small beginnings of spring. He smells soil in places where the snow is melting and small plants are emerging. He hears birdsong and sees tiny buds on trees. These signs provide the answer. The trees are communicating. Spring is coming soon. Gouache-and-pastel illustrations emphasize the seasonal process with a subtly changing color palette, slowly adding bits of color to the initially white landscape. The mindfulness theme of the story encourages readers, like the young rabbit, to slow down and be aware of their surroundings instead of constantly looking forward. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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