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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
The Scared Bunny by Mary Esparza-Vela will grab a child's interest. The amazing artwork will provide the young reader with reflections and added discussion. Robby, who is a rabbit, teases others to the point that they won't believe him when he really needs them to. His brothers tell him there is a lion in the woods, to which Robby replies, "I'm not afraid of anything." Oh, but he is. One night he hears noises and believes the lion is in their house. He attempts to convince his brothers, but they don't believe him. Robby hides under his bed until he begins to worry that the lion will attack his parents. He heads downstairs alone to help them out. The surprise ending will have everyone laughing out loud.
I loved The Scared Bunny by Mary Esparza-Vela! In addition to beautiful illustrations, the book is written in English and Spanish providing a means to learn another language. I also see The Scared Bunny as a great Reader's Theater vehicle...once in English and then in Spanish. I recommend this book for the classroom setting and for the counselor's library. The theme of not teasing and the not so obvious theme of commonalities in families make it a great share. Students who see each other as different can make connections with the surprise ending of something which can happen in any family. The diversity with the commonalities makes a great resource for language development and character development as well. I can visualize one child saying, "That happens in my house," and another one responding, "Mine too."