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Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  852 Ratings  ·  137 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
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
Jul 02, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 30, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
Oct 18, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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!

Feb 16, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Adorable story but I give it five stars just for the illustrations!
Feb 08, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
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
Apr 12, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
sooooooo loverly!
Feb 15, 2011 Lucia rated it liked it
The illustrations are lovely with a story leading us through the seasons very simplistically.
Edward Sullivan
Jan 20, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful illustrations.
Jamie Georges
Jan 10, 2017 Jamie Georges rated it really liked it
Shelves: toddler-books
This book is all about winter but the title implies that it is about the different seasons. Either way I bought this book because I love the art and I want my baby to be able to see the beautiful colors.
Michelle Murphy
Oct 15, 2012 Michelle Murphy rated it really liked it
"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
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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
Michelle McBeth
May 21, 2015 Michelle McBeth rated it it was amazing
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
Rosa Cline
Sep 11, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, winter
The illustrations were beautifully done to go along with the story of what rabbits friends do during winter. They all do something differently along with rabbit. was a nice story.
Mar 22, 2011 Candice rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Apr 26, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
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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Когато става въпрос за „четене”, първото нещо, за което се сещат повечето от нас, разбира се, е четенето на текст – буква по буква, дума по дума, изречения, параграфи… И така забравяме, че ние разчитаме много повече от знаци, съставящи текст. Ние разчитаме изражения, жестове, движения, цветове, композиции… Ние разчитаме ИЗОБРАЖЕНИЯ. И първото четене започва още от люлката, не само с това, което мама и татко ни нашепват за приспиване, ами и с образите от книжките с твърди, картонени страници. Про ...more
Jan 24, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2016 Bethany rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This book of season is very much them same style and cadence of Na's "A Book of Sleep" (which is a favorite of mine). Different animals are depicting in the activities they undertake when the weather turns cold and winter abounds. The story concludes with the coming of spring that is easily known to all the animals. While this is a beautifully illustrated book and does depict a change in season, it doesn't specifically point out a four-season change. It is more just winter to spring, with summer ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Ccl Children's
Feb 14, 2013 Ccl Children's rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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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Allison Parker
Aug 04, 2011 Allison Parker rated it liked it
In this artfully crafted picture book, a white rabbit leads the reader through the winter season, introducing young ones to the different ways animals handle the cold weather and shortage of food. Il Sung Na continues to work magic with the unique style exemplified in A Book of Sleep, full of whimsical textures and painterly colors.
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
Nov 25, 2013 Michele rated it liked it
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
Feb 08, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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."
Stacey Learst
Nov 10, 2013 Stacey Learst rated it liked it
Shelves: authors
I enjoyed this book . This book is a clever account of different animals and what they do from season to season. Teaches the children about different hibernation of animals , and what the animals do to get ready for the season changes. I liked the simplicity of the drawings, it fit the book perfectly.

About the Author: Born in Seoul, South Korea
Studied and Worked in London, UK
and had many awards for children's books, Best of children's books 2012 and 2011, Best new illustrators awards in 2008.
Green Bean
Feb 19, 2013 Green Bean rated it it was amazing
Il Sung Na's hippity-hoppity, migrating-goosey, snoozy-bearish Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit is now in board book form! A must have changing seasons book for the baby in your life! If you don't already know Na's crazy cute creatures from A Book of Sleep, you're in for a wooly, bushy-tailed treat! Na paints the animal kingdom like nobody else--her ink and oil illustrations inspire "oohs" and "aahs" every time! There's NA excuse for missing this one!
Haley Whitehall
Mar 22, 2013 Haley Whitehall rated it did not like it
I loved the illustrations, but I did not think the story was cute at all. The story is not really about the rabbit as it shows what other animals do during the winter. Except it never tells what the animals are, you have to look at the pictures to know. For example: "Some fly away from the cold" has a picture of geese.

There are many better written picture books available that show the changing seasons and what animals do.
Dana Snyder
Jan 21, 2013 Dana Snyder rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, science
I love, love, love the illustrations of this book. There is so much detail and things for the reading audience to find.Also great for seasons, mainy winter. This books shows how a white rabbit explores the woods in winter and how various animals adapt to the cold weather. Great for introducing hibernation and migration.
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Originally from Korea, IL SUNG NA studied illustration at Kingston University in London.
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