Thursday, June 14, 2018

Spring Hare by Eugene Yelchin

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Yelchin, an award winning author and illustrator, has written and illustrated his first wordless picture book Spring Hare. It is a delightful tale about friendship and full of adventure.  It is told through the author's rich and colorful illustrations and his use of panels and frames to show the sequence of events.  Early readers will enjoy being able to tell the story through describing the images they see on each page.  Beginning with the illustration on the cover where it looks like the hare is smiling.

The sky is blue, the grass is green, and the sun is yellow shinning brightly. Nearby, a curious baby hare and an attentive little girl are watching each other.  They become new friends jumping together on a trampoline. The little girl jumps so high that baby hare's can no longer see her.  He begins his exciting journey to search for her. As I was reading the story, I found myself connecting to baby hare's concern that he can't find his new friend.

I think that this type of book is ideal to encourage conversation with a child.  The child is able to use his or her imagination when telling the story, and learn observation skills when looking at the expressions and the actions in the illustrations.  

If you would like to read more wordless books,  The red book by Barbara Lehman, and Wave by Suzy Lee is a good start.

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