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Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  605 ratings  ·  121 reviews
What do the animals do when the snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare? Some fly long distances, while some swim to warmer waters. Some take a long, warm sleep where they live, while others have a thick, cozy coat and can stay in the snow!

As with Il Sung Na's previous books, Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit is filled with rich illustrations, charming animals, and a
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Hardcover, 1st American ed., 24 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Lisa Vegan
Mar 07, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
Well, for me, there’s no denying this is a gorgeous book, starting with the textured look of the end papers, and going through all the illustrations. They’re beautiful and unusual. At the end of the book the reader is told that they were created: “by combining handmade painterly textures with digitally generated layers, which were then compiled in Adobe Photoshop.”

When I saw the title and subtitle of this book, I expected the events to go through all four seasons, but really this is about what v
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Melissa
I LOVE the layers, layout, colors, and design of the art in this book! (I pretty much want a skirt made out of every pattern on the pages.)

The text is plain and simple, not groundbreaking, but just right for a young toddler absorbing new information about animal behavior. The only thing missing for me is information about the rabbit! I wish the text explicitly said something for its young audience about the rabbit's coat changing color, just as it said something about every other animal.

But th
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Kathryn
Published in Great Britain as "Brrrr, A Book of Winter"

Absolutely beautiful! I love the illustrations here. They are so warm, whimsical, creative, interesting... They made me smile. I wanted to pore over them. (I think my favorites were of the sleeping bears, and the leaping deer.) The illustrations are easily 5 stars.

I am giving the book only four stars because I thought it would be a bit more balanced between the seasons, but most of the book is about winter--animals dealing with (or migrating
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Tasha
The author of A Book of Sleep returns with another book filled with striking illustrations. When winter comes, all of the animals know it. Some fly to warmer places, others take a long sleep, some swim to warmer waters, and others grow a thicker coat. The white rabbit leads readers through so many different types of animals and how they deal with the winter season. Then spring comes and all of the animals know it’s a new season. That includes our friend the rabbit who looks very different now!

Il
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Michelle McBeth
SUMMARY: Rabbit's fur has turned white signaling the beginning of winter. Other animals are aware too and they do what is necessary to live through the winter including gathering nuts and sleeping. But when spring comes, everyone knows, including rabbit whose fur turns back to its regular brown.

ILLUSTRATIONS: This book was illustrated in Na's usual style of textured painting and digital work. The pictures are absolutely stunning, colorful, and nicely spaced for younger viewers. The colors are a
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Sarah
sooooooo loverly!
Sarah
Very cute winter story. Perfect for storytime, as it doesn't refer to any winter holidays. It also talks about the begining middle and ends of the season, so could be used at different times
Lucia
The illustrations are lovely with a story leading us through the seasons very simplistically.
Heather
Adorable story but I give it five stars just for the illustrations!
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I am absolutely in love with Il Sung Na's illustrations. The rabbit is so cute, I just want to squeeze his cheeks! The layers, textures, and whimsical animals are just delightful. Na's spare text is well paced and descriptive, but really it's the illustrations that make the book. This is a great one for kindergarten teachers introducing winter to their students. I would also recommend this one to high school art teachers because it could be used to teach printing
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Michelle Murphy
"Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons" written by Il Sung Na is a whimsically illustrated book about a rabbit who turns white for the winter and hops around his forest to see what the other animals do during the changing seasons. Turtles swim off for warmer waters and squirrels stock-pile acorns in this charming piece. I would have liked to see a summer month portrayed but the fall-winter-spring transition is beautiful and adorable and perfect for discussing the winter months a ...more
Candice
A little white rabbit appears in various winter scenes until spring arrives and he turns brown. There's no denying that the illustrations in this book are colorful, eye-catching, and unique, but I found some of the wording a bit awkward. I found myself turning back a page to see if I had missed something. The first page states that "When snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare, everyone knows it's winter... including the rabbit." Then the second page says, "Some fly away from the col ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jan 11, 2013 Sarah Sammis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: My daughter
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na follows a snow rabbit as it explores what other animals do during winter. Each pair of pages show a different type of animal as it prepares for winter: birds migrating, turtles swimming, hibernation and so forth.

Na's soft and somewhat whimsical illustrations are a charming addition to the text. The little rabbit acts as a tour guide of the winter season, going from animal to animal.

Then at the end, it's finally revealed what th
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Kristy
3.5 stars

This book followed rabbit as she observed what other animals did for the winter. It allowed for me to ask the kiddos what they thought certain animals did in the winter (do they hibernate? Do they fly south? etc) I LOVE the artwork. Very cool.

Good for storytime.
Bmack
I am a huge fan of Il Sung Na's books because of the beautiful and unusual illustrations. This is a very simple book about what animals do in winter and then at the very end it highlights spring. You can also look for the rabbit on every page.
Michael
Good illustrations, fair story line. As I read this to a five and six year old I thought this was a little young for them. Could have given it four stars if I was in the three or four year old mind set.
Miss Sarah
a good read for younger kids with pictures that would a lend themselves to a lot of talking about what different animals do for the winter. Much more of winter book than a comparisons book
Robin
The story is of a rabbit, who watches how other animals cope with winter (migrate, hibernate, store up food, don't move much), who himself is white, and in the end, with spring, is brown again. Simple and engaging text for a young storytime. I really love the striking illustrations in this book, which is described as being "created by combining handmade painterly textures with digitally generated layers, which were then compiled in Adobe Photoshop." I love the patterns of the turtles shells, the ...more
babyhippoface
This brief look at what some animals do in the different seasons of the year is lovely to look at and terrific for pre-k classes learning about seasons.
Tricia
Brief and actively descriptive text coupled with unique illustrations using handmade painterly textures with digitally generated layers combined in Adobe Photoshop help create a book that is absolutely beautiful. The subtitle "a book of changing seasons" is a bit deceptive because primarily this is a book about winter, in which a rabbit is interspersed with different animals. The two final page layouts show rabbit and some of the animals as spring arrives. Even my very young toddler (17m)interac ...more
Laura
While I was trying to figure out of this book is fiction or nonfiction (I would say NF) I found out that the title in Great Britain is Brrr: A Book of Winter. A much better and more accurate name for this beautiful book.

A rabbit turns white for the winter and hops about finding out what other animals do for the winter. The illustrations are beautiful, enchanting, and colorful. At the end, the spring rabbit with his brown fur is revealed. I did expect the other animals to reappear to complete th
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Hilary
Lovely illustrations. Readers learn a lot about how animals cope with winter. Except for how rabbits cope.
Bree
Notes:
I prefer more realistic looking animals in books for 3-4yo kids; story is too simple; rabbit appears in each picture but book is not about him at all, but rather the seasons, migration and hibernation
Ccl Children's
If I were basing my review purely on the illustrations, I would give Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit a four, or even a four and a a half. The pictures are multilayered and beautiful. The story is a simple one, appropriate for sharing with young children, about various ways that animals survive cold winter weather. A good book for talking about changing seasons, it ends on a hopeful note, with the coming of spring. --ML

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Anne
What a beautiful book! It is very simple, not much to it really but, it is just a joy to look at.
Linda
This is the usual story of what animals do when autumn arrives, getting ready for winter, and then what happens for the arrival of spring. There are few words, but the illustrations stop you, wanting to savor each detail of Na’s gorgeous collages. I don’t know which page is better, the turtles swimming to warmer water or the squirrels gathering food for winter. The rabbit “main” character visits the pages as if it’s watching what each animal does to prepare. And this same beautiful rabbit at th ...more
Michele
I am such a fan of Il Sung Na's artwork: the pictures in this book are beautiful with the snow rabbit hopping from winter to spring. However, while the artwork is incredible, I felt the story itself was just okay. The story line begins with a white rabbit in winter and then it moves to different animals and what they do during the winter, and then winds up with brown rabbit in spring --transitions from page to page could have been done better. Overall, it still is good read-aloud for preschool c ...more
Rebecca
Feb 08, 2011 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschool
Illustrator Il Sung Na is unique in the world of picture books. This one's text is as simple as A book of sleep, and features more of his lushly textured art. Also, this is a nice winter book about how many different animals spend winter -- not just those trite sleeping bears.

"The illustrations in this book were created by combining handmade painterly textures with digitally generated layers, which were then compiled in Adobe Photoshop."
Emelda
Beautiful. Great for a winter study.
Mary Wirt
More winter than spring
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Originally from Korea, IL SUNG NA studied illustration at Kingston University in London.
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