Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#1- Knuffle Bunny

Knuffle Bunny
Mo Willems
Mo Willems
Hyperion Books
31 pages
Picture Book

        Mrs. Strain read this book to us in class on January 15, 2013. The main character, Trixie, is about a year old and cannot talk. She has a stuffed bunny called Knuffle Bunny. One day, she and her dad went to the laundromat and took Knuffle Bunny along. On the way home, Trixie realizes something and tries her hardest to tell her dad, but she cannot talk yet, so it just aggravates him. When they get home, her mom asks where Knuffle Bunny is. They all run back to the laundromat and search high and low. Trixie is the one who finds her friend, exclaiming "Knuffle bunny!" Those were her first words.

        The illustrations in Knuffle Bunny were real photography and had digital cartoon images added into to it. It reflected New York City and the type of lifestyle that "city slickers" live. The illustrations showed Trixie and her father walking on sidewalks next to the road and through Central Park on their way to the laundromat. Some pages gave us clues as to what was going to happen next and Trixie had speech bubbles above her in most of the illustrations showing her being distraught over the fact that her dad did not know what was wrong with her. 

        This book is a decent read for children up to second grade because there is such a low word count. The book can be used in the classroom by studying different types of illustrations, geography of cities compared to rural areas, and it can be used to teach interjections. This book received a Caldecott Honor Award in 2004 and students can easily take it and  learn how to read silently.


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