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Author: Yelchin, Eugene
A red-headed girl and her bunny friend bounce together on a trampoline until they bounce right off into the sky in this wordless story.
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/16)
School Library Journal (12/01/16)
The Hornbook (00/03/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 PreS-Gr 1—An adorable hare and a little girl bounce on a trampoline as high as they can. The rabbit jumps so high that he's able to soar through the sky, with the little girl close behind in various modes of air transportation. The presentation is wordless, but there is a lot of detail to talk about as well as minor challenges (birds, hot-air balloons) that the hare has to overcome to continue his upward journey into the stratosphere. The hare hitches a ride on a shooting star to come back down to Earth and join his friend back on the trampoline. Illustrations have been traditionally drawn, then cut to create a collage feel; seeing individually cut blades of grass, trees, drops of rain, and stars seems to add to the imagination of the piece. Young viewers will want to spend time poring over the pictures and constructing narratives. Although the book is not as seasonal as the name or cover would imply, it does feature a bright blue and green palette that might work for a spring storytime. VERDICT A warm and fanciful journey suitable for one-on-one and small group sharing.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2016 As a young girl begins to climb onto a trampoline, she notices a small rabbit in the grass nearby. The rabbit joins her in jumping and then flying as their motions propel them into the air. The girl disappears from the frame, but as the rabbit follows, we see them in the sky in an old-fashioned open airplane, a hot-air balloon, a storm, a rainbow, a jet, and a spaceship, and, finally, on a space walk. The rabbit hitches a ride on a falling star, landing back with the girl on the trampoline. The final image shows the now friends walking away together. Though the book is wordless, the subtle play on language is evident, particularly with spring meaning both the season and the bouncy action of the plot. Yelchin’s collage illustrations constantly change perspective and point of view, and he uses energetic, rich tones of yellows, greens, blues, reds, and oranges to communicate movement and buoyancy, which playfully capture the exuberant feelings new friendship, the joy of movement, and the possibilities of imagination. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.