The author does something interesting here; whenever a character enters the bunny planet, there is a switch from third person to first. I also like the rhythm of the book; rhyming words create a wonderful foundation for reading aloud.
This is a wonderful story for young children and a family favorite.
After a terrible winter day at school, Claire is whisked away to the Bunny Planet. Here it is warm springtime. Her mother lovingly sends her into the garden for the first tomato of the season. Claire almost eats it, but takes it to her mom.
It is a loving story and has inspired us to acknowledge bad days in our house by saying someone needs a trip to the Bunny Planet.
What in the world did I just read?? SO this bunny has a bad day, but suddenly everything is fixed by her daydreaming? I DON'T BELIEVE IT!!!! Sure, daydreaming is therapeutic, but when LUNCH is a dreadful activity daydreaming just doesn't seem to be a fix-all thing.
Also, who would dream of TOMATOES????? I understand castles, outer space, queens...land of candy and chocolate...but tomatoes? Sorry Ms. Wells. I'm just not buying it. =|
This book is basically made of two cute stories that fail to come together in any way. I usually really, really like Rosemary Wells for her honest take on parents and children. This book is confusing. I had to read it twice to understand what she was doing. The book is trying to be cute, and different. I guess I applaud her risk, but it didn't work for me.
I really wasn't sure what to make of this book or how to explain it to my son. I think he was feeling pretty ambivalent about it too. At some level it's sort of cute and so are the illustrations, but at the same time it's a sad story, even bordering on "disturbing".
I'm still looking to see whether on repeated readings it will win us over ...
Claire is having a particularly bad day. As she waits on the bench in the snow for her bus, she dreams of the Bunny Planet. On the Bunny Planet it is warm and sunny. Vegetables on the Bunny Planet are ripe. Claire finds a tomato for her mother. As she dreams of eating her tomato soup that her mother makes, her bus comes and she is back to earth.
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click here.The illustrations are very nice and the story is short. In it Claire doesn't like anything she eats, until she visits Bunny Planet. Afterwards, her mother makes her some tomato soup and Claire is very happy about it. A 2.5 AR level book.
This is an odd story about a little bunny who escapes to Bunny Planet when she is having a rough day. We really enjoy Rosemary Wells' books and although this is not our favorite book, we still love her illustrations.
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Rosemary Wells is the author of a number of popular children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies - curious three year old Max and bossy seven year old Ruby. She gets the inspiration for Max and Ruby from her two daughters and the experiences theyLibrarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Rosemary Wells is the author of a number of popular children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies - curious three year old Max and bossy seven year old Ruby. She gets the inspiration for Max and Ruby from her two daughters and the experiences they have with friends and school. Her West Highland Terriers Lucy and Snowy have also worked their way into her books, as McDuff and insight for other characters. She has also written Noisy Nora, Yoko, Voyage to the Bunny Planet series, a Christmas Book called Morris's Disappearing Bag and a collected book of illustrations of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. In April 2007, her children's book The Gulps featuring illustrations by Marc Brown was released. Also that year she published Red Moon at Sharpsburg, a historical novel featuring a young girl in the American Civil War. 2008 brings Otto Runs For President, followed by Yoko Writes Her Name, scheduled to be published in July.
Wells grew up in Red Bank, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Helen Bamberger....more