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{"id":1841498817,"title":"The Little Gray Bunny","handle":"the-little-gray-bunny","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/barbara-barbieri-mcgrath\" title=\"Barbara Barbieri McGrath bio\"\u003eBarbara Barbieri McGrath\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/violet-kim\" title=\"Violet Kim bio\"\u003eViolet Kim\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eGood things come to those who help.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePoor little gray bunny. He’s the only one that does any work around the barn. From weaving the baskets to baking the cupcakes to caring for the flowers, the little gray bunny does it all. He gets no help from the turtle, who likes to hide all day long. The duck won’t leave the tub, pool, or wherever there is water. And forget about the lamb—all she wants to do is eat hay!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen the little gray bunny finds a big pile of eggs ready for dyeing and hiding, his lazy friends refuse to help. But when it comes time for the Easter egg hunt, the turtle, duck, and lamb can’t wait to join in and get a prize. But the little gray bunny has a trick up his sleeve—and the prize is not what his friends expect.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis retelling of \"The Little Red Hen\" is a wonderful companion to Barbara Barbieri McGrath’s earlier books, \u003ci\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/i\u003e and \u003ci\u003eThe Little Green Witch\u003c\/i\u003e. Violet Kim’s bright and kid-friendly illustrations add to the humor of this timeless and classic story.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/little-green-witch\" title=\"The Little Green Witch\"\u003eThe Little Green Witch\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-little-red-elf\" title=\"The Little Red Elf\"\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/bunnys-big-surprise\"\u003eBunny's Big Surprise\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u0026gt;\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/little-gray-bunny-spread.jpg?8405346489839844304\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBarbara Barbieri McGrath, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBarbara McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including \u003ci\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/i\u003e, and many bestselling math concept books. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/barbara-barbieri-mcgrath\" title=\"Barbara Barbieri McGrath bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Barbara.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eViolet Kim, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eViolet Kim is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and the illustrator of \u003ci\u003eEarth Day, Birthday!\u003c\/i\u003e She lives in South Korea.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/violet-kim\" title=\"Violet Kim bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Violet.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMcGrath extends her series of holiday-themed retellings of \"The Little Red Hen\" with her third entry, this time focusing on Easter.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn an old-fashioned farm, a gray bunny is getting ready for Easter in the barn where he lives with his three friends: a lamb, a turtle and a duck. The bunny is resourceful and industrious, like his Little Red Hen counterpart, but the three friends are predictably lazy and self-involved. The lamb focuses on finding more hay, the turtle hides and plays peekaboo, and the duck searches for any sort of water for swimming. The text follows the familiar structure of the traditional tale, with lots of humor woven in, including silly responses from the turtle and clever rejoinders from the bunny. (\"These creatures have no artistic imagination.\") Cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor, pen and gouache add zing with a bright palette of springtime colors and an individual personality for each character. The lazy friends get their comeuppance just as in the original story, when the bunny enjoys the Easter goodies and the friends are stuck with just-hatched, mischievous chicks instead of cupcakes and jelly beans.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAn amusing tale, especially for children already familiar with the original folk tale.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn a clever reimagining of the familiar tale \"The Little Red Hen,\" McGrath offers a barnyard romp with hardworking Bunny, hay-munching Lamb, image-obsessed Turtle, and water-loving Duck. While the others pursue their favorite leisure activities, Bunny does all the work in the barn. One day he discovers hundreds of eggs and decides to collect, boil, dye, and hide the eggs in the nearby meadow. Of course no one will help him until it is time for the fun part--hunting for the eggs. In an interesting but teachable twist, the surprise the others get for finding the eggs is newborn chicks (with require a lot of work), while Bunny rewards himself with jelly beans and cupcakes. The result is a colorful, delightful story that youngsters will enjoy--and maybe even learn from--especially at Easter time.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Little Red Hen folktale gets an Easter makeover in this story of a rabbit whose friends aren’t interested in helping collect, boil, decorate, and hide Easter eggs. McGrath (who offered a different holiday twist on this story in \u003ci\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/i\u003e) deviates from the traditional repeated \"Not I\" responses, as the lamb, turtle, and duck snarkily refuse the rabbit’s attempts to engage them (\"Do you even know me?\" says the duck, lounging in its bathtub). Kim’s (\u003ci\u003eEarth Day, Birthday!\u003c\/i\u003e) T-shirt-wearing, turnip-headed hero exudes a sense of both earnestness and mischief, the latter surfacing in the wry \"treats\" he gives his not-so-helpful friends in the end—a trio of hyperactive, newly-hatched little red hens.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this Easter-themed retelling of \"The Little Red Hen,\" a little gray bunny is the one trying to get his lazy pals—a lamb, a turtle, and a duck—to help out with Easter preparations, primarily the collecting, boiling, dyeing, and hiding of a multitude of eggs. His requests for help are continuously refused with increasing disdain on the part of his friends. When his last-ditch effort fails to goad the trio into action, the bunny tries another tactic. After his pals eagerly fill their baskets with the colored eggs (which the little gray bunny collected, boiled, dyed, and hid by himself) and then demand more treats, the bunny promptly presents them each with an egg (which is visibly and portentously cracked). The eggs quickly hatch into obstreperous red chicks, which are last seen pestering the life out of the lamb, turtle, and duck while the bunny sits in the shade eating his well-earned cupcakes. McGrath's narration is pithy and droll, make this a pleasure to read aloud, and the \"Little Red Hen\" connection makes this particularly useful at storytime or in the classroom. Kim's cartoonish watercolor, pen, and gouache art is a bit on the bland side, but the cheerful springtime tones and cute animals keep things visually appealing; her little gray bunny, with his inverted-heart-shaped head, long, droopy ears, and bright red t-shirt, is an endearingly friendly-looking little guy. Tuck this one in the Easter basket, or use it as an amusing readers' theater piece.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/little-gray-bunny-cvr.jpg?6122026423195656157\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/little-gray-bunny-hires.zip?6122026423195656157\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/little-gray-bunny-story-hour-kit.pdf?11759308193183608493\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Story Hour Kit\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePaperback\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 9781580893954\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book PDF\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-590-9\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 3-7\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e9 x 9\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]","published_at":"2015-08-14T12:50:00-04:00","created_at":"2015-08-13T16:38:24-04:00","vendor":"Charlesbridge","type":"Children's Book","tags":["Browse by Age_Ages 3-6","Browse by Fiction\/Nonfiction_Fiction","Browse by Format_Picture Book","Browse by Language_English","Browse by Subject_Animals \u0026 Dinosaurs","Browse by Subject_Concept Books","Browse by Subject_Early Childhood","Browse by Subject_Life Lessons \u0026 Skills","Browse by Subject_Science \u0026 Nature","Browse by Subject_Story Time \u0026 Play","fairytale"],"price":795,"price_min":795,"price_max":795,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":5700163393,"title":"Paperback","option1":"Paperback","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"93954","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":{"id":4187871937,"product_id":1841498817,"position":1,"created_at":"2015-08-13T16:40:24-04:00","updated_at":"2015-08-13T16:40:39-04:00","alt":"The Little Gray Bunny book cover image","width":200,"height":200,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/little-gray-bunny-cvr.jpeg?v=1439498439","variant_ids":[5700163393]},"available":true,"name":"The Little Gray Bunny - Paperback","public_title":"Paperback","options":["Paperback"],"price":795,"weight":162,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":10,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"978-1-58089-395-4"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/little-gray-bunny-cvr.jpeg?v=1439498439"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/little-gray-bunny-cvr.jpeg?v=1439498439","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/barbara-barbieri-mcgrath\" title=\"Barbara Barbieri McGrath bio\"\u003eBarbara Barbieri McGrath\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/violet-kim\" title=\"Violet Kim bio\"\u003eViolet Kim\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eGood things come to those who help.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePoor little gray bunny. He’s the only one that does any work around the barn. From weaving the baskets to baking the cupcakes to caring for the flowers, the little gray bunny does it all. He gets no help from the turtle, who likes to hide all day long. The duck won’t leave the tub, pool, or wherever there is water. And forget about the lamb—all she wants to do is eat hay!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen the little gray bunny finds a big pile of eggs ready for dyeing and hiding, his lazy friends refuse to help. But when it comes time for the Easter egg hunt, the turtle, duck, and lamb can’t wait to join in and get a prize. But the little gray bunny has a trick up his sleeve—and the prize is not what his friends expect.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis retelling of \"The Little Red Hen\" is a wonderful companion to Barbara Barbieri McGrath’s earlier books, \u003ci\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/i\u003e and \u003ci\u003eThe Little Green Witch\u003c\/i\u003e. Violet Kim’s bright and kid-friendly illustrations add to the humor of this timeless and classic story.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/little-green-witch\" title=\"The Little Green Witch\"\u003eThe Little Green Witch\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-little-red-elf\" title=\"The Little Red Elf\"\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/bunnys-big-surprise\"\u003eBunny's Big Surprise\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u0026gt;\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/little-gray-bunny-spread.jpg?8405346489839844304\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBarbara Barbieri McGrath, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBarbara McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including \u003ci\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/i\u003e, and many bestselling math concept books. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/barbara-barbieri-mcgrath\" title=\"Barbara Barbieri McGrath bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Barbara.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eViolet Kim, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eViolet Kim is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and the illustrator of \u003ci\u003eEarth Day, Birthday!\u003c\/i\u003e She lives in South Korea.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/violet-kim\" title=\"Violet Kim bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Violet.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMcGrath extends her series of holiday-themed retellings of \"The Little Red Hen\" with her third entry, this time focusing on Easter.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn an old-fashioned farm, a gray bunny is getting ready for Easter in the barn where he lives with his three friends: a lamb, a turtle and a duck. The bunny is resourceful and industrious, like his Little Red Hen counterpart, but the three friends are predictably lazy and self-involved. The lamb focuses on finding more hay, the turtle hides and plays peekaboo, and the duck searches for any sort of water for swimming. The text follows the familiar structure of the traditional tale, with lots of humor woven in, including silly responses from the turtle and clever rejoinders from the bunny. (\"These creatures have no artistic imagination.\") Cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor, pen and gouache add zing with a bright palette of springtime colors and an individual personality for each character. The lazy friends get their comeuppance just as in the original story, when the bunny enjoys the Easter goodies and the friends are stuck with just-hatched, mischievous chicks instead of cupcakes and jelly beans.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAn amusing tale, especially for children already familiar with the original folk tale.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn a clever reimagining of the familiar tale \"The Little Red Hen,\" McGrath offers a barnyard romp with hardworking Bunny, hay-munching Lamb, image-obsessed Turtle, and water-loving Duck. While the others pursue their favorite leisure activities, Bunny does all the work in the barn. One day he discovers hundreds of eggs and decides to collect, boil, dye, and hide the eggs in the nearby meadow. Of course no one will help him until it is time for the fun part--hunting for the eggs. In an interesting but teachable twist, the surprise the others get for finding the eggs is newborn chicks (with require a lot of work), while Bunny rewards himself with jelly beans and cupcakes. The result is a colorful, delightful story that youngsters will enjoy--and maybe even learn from--especially at Easter time.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Little Red Hen folktale gets an Easter makeover in this story of a rabbit whose friends aren’t interested in helping collect, boil, decorate, and hide Easter eggs. McGrath (who offered a different holiday twist on this story in \u003ci\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/i\u003e) deviates from the traditional repeated \"Not I\" responses, as the lamb, turtle, and duck snarkily refuse the rabbit’s attempts to engage them (\"Do you even know me?\" says the duck, lounging in its bathtub). Kim’s (\u003ci\u003eEarth Day, Birthday!\u003c\/i\u003e) T-shirt-wearing, turnip-headed hero exudes a sense of both earnestness and mischief, the latter surfacing in the wry \"treats\" he gives his not-so-helpful friends in the end—a trio of hyperactive, newly-hatched little red hens.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this Easter-themed retelling of \"The Little Red Hen,\" a little gray bunny is the one trying to get his lazy pals—a lamb, a turtle, and a duck—to help out with Easter preparations, primarily the collecting, boiling, dyeing, and hiding of a multitude of eggs. His requests for help are continuously refused with increasing disdain on the part of his friends. When his last-ditch effort fails to goad the trio into action, the bunny tries another tactic. After his pals eagerly fill their baskets with the colored eggs (which the little gray bunny collected, boiled, dyed, and hid by himself) and then demand more treats, the bunny promptly presents them each with an egg (which is visibly and portentously cracked). The eggs quickly hatch into obstreperous red chicks, which are last seen pestering the life out of the lamb, turtle, and duck while the bunny sits in the shade eating his well-earned cupcakes. McGrath's narration is pithy and droll, make this a pleasure to read aloud, and the \"Little Red Hen\" connection makes this particularly useful at storytime or in the classroom. Kim's cartoonish watercolor, pen, and gouache art is a bit on the bland side, but the cheerful springtime tones and cute animals keep things visually appealing; her little gray bunny, with his inverted-heart-shaped head, long, droopy ears, and bright red t-shirt, is an endearingly friendly-looking little guy. 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The Little Gray Bunny

By: Barbara Barbieri McGrath / Illustrated by: Violet Kim

Good things come to those who help.

Poor little gray bunny. He’s the only one that does any work around the barn. From weaving the baskets to baking the cupcakes to caring for the flowers, the little gray bunny does it all. He gets no help from the turtle, who likes to hide all day long. The duck won’t leave the tub, pool, or wherever there is water. And forget about the lamb—all she wants to do is eat hay!

When the little gray bunny finds a big pile of eggs ready for dyeing and hiding, his lazy friends refuse to help. But when it comes time for the Easter egg hunt, the turtle, duck, and lamb can’t wait to join in and get a prize. But the little gray bunny has a trick up his sleeve—and the prize is not what his friends expect.

This retelling of "The Little Red Hen" is a wonderful companion to Barbara Barbieri McGrath’s earlier books, The Little Red Elf and The Little Green Witch. Violet Kim’s bright and kid-friendly illustrations add to the humor of this timeless and classic story.

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Barbara Barbieri McGrath, author

Barbara McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including The Little Red Elf, and many bestselling math concept books. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

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Violet Kim, illustrator

Violet Kim is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and the illustrator of Earth Day, Birthday! She lives in South Korea.

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Kirkus Reviews

McGrath extends her series of holiday-themed retellings of "The Little Red Hen" with her third entry, this time focusing on Easter.

On an old-fashioned farm, a gray bunny is getting ready for Easter in the barn where he lives with his three friends: a lamb, a turtle and a duck. The bunny is resourceful and industrious, like his Little Red Hen counterpart, but the three friends are predictably lazy and self-involved. The lamb focuses on finding more hay, the turtle hides and plays peekaboo, and the duck searches for any sort of water for swimming. The text follows the familiar structure of the traditional tale, with lots of humor woven in, including silly responses from the turtle and clever rejoinders from the bunny. ("These creatures have no artistic imagination.") Cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor, pen and gouache add zing with a bright palette of springtime colors and an individual personality for each character. The lazy friends get their comeuppance just as in the original story, when the bunny enjoys the Easter goodies and the friends are stuck with just-hatched, mischievous chicks instead of cupcakes and jelly beans.

An amusing tale, especially for children already familiar with the original folk tale.

Booklist

In a clever reimagining of the familiar tale "The Little Red Hen," McGrath offers a barnyard romp with hardworking Bunny, hay-munching Lamb, image-obsessed Turtle, and water-loving Duck. While the others pursue their favorite leisure activities, Bunny does all the work in the barn. One day he discovers hundreds of eggs and decides to collect, boil, dye, and hide the eggs in the nearby meadow. Of course no one will help him until it is time for the fun part--hunting for the eggs. In an interesting but teachable twist, the surprise the others get for finding the eggs is newborn chicks (with require a lot of work), while Bunny rewards himself with jelly beans and cupcakes. The result is a colorful, delightful story that youngsters will enjoy--and maybe even learn from--especially at Easter time.

Publishers Weekly

The Little Red Hen folktale gets an Easter makeover in this story of a rabbit whose friends aren’t interested in helping collect, boil, decorate, and hide Easter eggs. McGrath (who offered a different holiday twist on this story in The Little Red Elf) deviates from the traditional repeated "Not I" responses, as the lamb, turtle, and duck snarkily refuse the rabbit’s attempts to engage them ("Do you even know me?" says the duck, lounging in its bathtub). Kim’s (Earth Day, Birthday!) T-shirt-wearing, turnip-headed hero exudes a sense of both earnestness and mischief, the latter surfacing in the wry "treats" he gives his not-so-helpful friends in the end—a trio of hyperactive, newly-hatched little red hens.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

In this Easter-themed retelling of "The Little Red Hen," a little gray bunny is the one trying to get his lazy pals—a lamb, a turtle, and a duck—to help out with Easter preparations, primarily the collecting, boiling, dyeing, and hiding of a multitude of eggs. His requests for help are continuously refused with increasing disdain on the part of his friends. When his last-ditch effort fails to goad the trio into action, the bunny tries another tactic. After his pals eagerly fill their baskets with the colored eggs (which the little gray bunny collected, boiled, dyed, and hid by himself) and then demand more treats, the bunny promptly presents them each with an egg (which is visibly and portentously cracked). The eggs quickly hatch into obstreperous red chicks, which are last seen pestering the life out of the lamb, turtle, and duck while the bunny sits in the shade eating his well-earned cupcakes. McGrath's narration is pithy and droll, make this a pleasure to read aloud, and the "Little Red Hen" connection makes this particularly useful at storytime or in the classroom. Kim's cartoonish watercolor, pen, and gouache art is a bit on the bland side, but the cheerful springtime tones and cute animals keep things visually appealing; her little gray bunny, with his inverted-heart-shaped head, long, droopy ears, and bright red t-shirt, is an endearingly friendly-looking little guy. Tuck this one in the Easter basket, or use it as an amusing readers' theater piece.

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