When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying. In bestselling author’s Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth.
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a British children’s book writer who moved to the States in 1989 “just for a year or two”.
She’s still here. Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East, and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, the first book Sally ever remembers reading all the way through was The Complete Nonsense by Edward Lear.
Things have not been the same since. Sally is a New York Times bestselling children’s book writer. Her books include the critically acclaimed, How To Be A Baby, By Me, the Big Sister and The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Sally works with various publishers – Walker Books, Schwartz & Wade/Random House, David Fickling Books, HarperCollins, Zondervan – and with such fabulous artists as Jane Dyer, David Roberts, Anita Jeram, Sue Heap, David McPhail, Kevin Waldron, Jago (to name but a few).
An avid runner (sometimes of marathons) and cyclist, Sally loves taking photographs, going on adventures, watching movies and exploring her city by bike. She also loves great big ginormous cups of strong English Tea and porridge.
Not together. In the same cup.
Sally lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back.
David McPhail has been drawing since he was two years old. When he was a child, he used to draw on everything from paper bags to walls! Today he lives in the town he grew up in, Newburyport, Massachusetts. He is married and has four children. In The Dream Child, the title character looks very much like his daughter, Jaime. McPhail says he has drawn his children so often that it just comes out in his characters!
McPhail is best known for his animal characters like pigs and bears, in such books as Pig Pig Grows Up and Lost!. He feels that an animal can do things that would be too scary for a child to do. McPhail often visits classrooms. He tells young artists to “draw from life and be true to yourself”.
Spring is making its presence known here in middle Georgia. Daffodils, crabapples and forsythia are blooming and robins are stopping on their way back north. It’s time for stories about Spring! Bunny’s First Spring by Sally LLoyd-Jones is a lyrical children’s storybook that focuses on the wonders of new life and rebirth exhibited in God’s creation. Told from the perspective of a baby rabbit, LLoyd-Jones takes her readers through the seasons, but always with the whisper of a new beginning in the Spring. David McPhail’s illustrations are beautifully detailed with every page filled with images to explore. Perfect for a story time, make sure to check out Bunny’s First Spring.
Audience: children ages 4-8
(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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