Book Review: Bunny’s Lessons, by Harriet Ziefert & Barroux (Illustrator)


A stuffed toy learns
many of life’s lessons from his owner and constant companion, Charlie.
When Charlie plays the tuba, Bunny learns about “loud.” When Charlie
plays doctor, Bunny learns about “ouch.” Harriet Ziefert and Barroux
charmingly tell the tale of an inseparable pair who learn about the
daily delights (along with the bumps and bruises) of friendship and


This book is interesting on a few different levels.  It is a story about the friendship and love between a child and a toy.  The bunny learns everything from his boy.  

It is really sweet to see the world through the eyes of a toy.  There are a lot of rough patches along the way.  Bunny doesn’t always get played with, and sometimes he gets lost.  Sometimes he gets dirty.  Other times he is loved. 

The other thing I liked about this book is the emphasis on new words.  One of the reasons that I read to my children is because I want their vocabulary to expand.  Each experience between Bunny and Charlie also brings a new lesson and a new word.  Bunny learns about “loud”, “messy”, “sorry”, “lonely”, and “time-out” among others.  It gave me an opportunity to talk to my children about the meaning behind each of those words and talk about them a little bit. It helped them to understand what Bunny was experiencing.

I love the illustrations.  They are simple and child-like.  There is something beautiful about the uncluttered space that strips away all the frills and lets you just go along for the ride. 

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Blue Apple Books (March 2, 2011)

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    November 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    HE HAS A SHIRT ON! It's great when author's engage a child or… me with a book that tells of a point of view that gives them more imagination.
    AW! Your making me think of Toy's Story because the bunny gets lost and doesn't get played with. So basically this book was about lessons and not only did it teach your child but through the book you were able to do so too. That's a good book.
    She’s Got Books on Her Mind

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