Title: The Brave Little Bunny
Author(s): Linda Jennings
Illustrated by: Catherine Walters
Publisher and Year: Dutton Children’s Books (1995)
Number of pages: 25
Descriptive Annotation: In The Brave Little Bunny, Millie, a rabbit that lives in a hutch with her family, wishes to experience life outside of her hutch. One day the door to her hutch is left open and Millie wanders off into the wild. She loves the fresh grass and open spaces but doesn’t know what to do when a fox sees her. Another rabbit, named seventy-six, comes to her rescue and Millie escapes. Seventy-six introduces Millie to his family but they are suspicious of her because she is a pet rabbit. Millie returns to her hutch and finds that the door has been shut. Millie thinks about waiting for someone to come back and let her in but realizes she doesn’t want to return to the hutch. Seventy-six finds Millie and the two run off into the forest together and eventually have bunnies of their own.
Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Analysis: Linguistically, this book is not very difficult. The words are common and there are a moderate number of words per page. Culturally, there are no people in this book and the location is not tied to a single culture. However, the wild, dark haired rabbits in the book are suspicious of Millie who is a light haired rabbit and unlike them. This holds a cultural undertone due to the differing colors of the rabbits’ fur and the different knowledge the rabbits have due to their upbringing.
Interdisciplinary Connections: This book could be integrated into a Science unit about the seasons- the book very obviously takes place in Spring (flowers are blooming, baby bunnies are exploring). Another application of this book could be to relate it to animal lifecycles (the bunnies are born, the bunnies explore on their own, finally finding a mate and having their own rabbits).
Other Information: I really enjoyed this book but would never use it as an instructional tool in the classroom. The story was ok- but not particularly rich in detail or action. However, I absolutely adored the illustrations in this book, they would make a great calendar. I do feel that this book would appeal to many girls. The illustrations paired with the story make it a light, enjoyable read for students.