Birth-3 years old
By Olé Risom
Illustrated by Richard Scarry
Originally published in 1963
Richard Scarry (rhymes with hairy) is best known for his Busy Town books. In Cars and Trucks and Things That Go he uses animal characters to introduce people and their professions, automobiles, machines, transportation and buildings. The illustrations in those books are detailed and accurate, as well as brightly colored.
The illustrations in this book are richer than his usual style; though they evoke the same joyous feelings that all his books share. The palette changes with the seasons and is always luminous. Each page is a work of art. And you get to experience the year of a young, frolicking bunny in red overalls!
“I am a bunny. My name is Nicholas. I live in a hollow tree.”
Thus begins the perfectly simple story, which follows Nicholas the bunny through each of the four seasons.
In the spring he likes to pick flowers and chase butterflies. In the summer he likes to lie in the sun and watch the birds.
In the fall he watches the leaves fall from the trees. In the winter he likes to watch the snow falling (me too!).
“Then I curl up in my hollow tree and dream about spring.”
I am a Bunny should be one of many Richard Scarry books in every young reader’s collection.