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Hoppelpopp and the Best Bunny
by Mira Lobe
Angelika Kaufmann, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432875 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Rhyme & Alliteration
Recommendations: SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RL.2.1-7, 10
L.2.3, 4, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
RF.2.3, 4, 4a-c
SL.2.1, 1a,-c, 2-6
W.2.1, 3, 5, 8

About the Book

This sweet story promotes friendship and teamwork.

Binny, Benny, Bernie, Bonnie, and Buddy are very good friends. The five bunnies sleep together, eat together, and play together. One day a big rabbit named Hoppelpopp comes along and asks, "Who is the best bunny?" The question turns the happy friends into rivals. They are desperate to know who is the fastest, the strongest, the smartest, and the bravest, and they compete to prove it. But when a badger threatens the group, will the bunnies stick together?


"An excellent and thought-provoking read-aloud."—School Library Journal

"A pointed fable on the hazards of competition and the benefits of cooperation."—Kirkus Reviews

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is the problem in the story? How is it resolved? RL.2-3.3

2. What is the moral of the story? What can it teach you about your own life? RL.2-3.1, 2

3. Discuss Hoppelpopp. What kind of character is he? How do you deal with people who act like Hoppelpopp? If you were one of the bunnies, would you feel pressured to do what Hoppelpopp wanted you to do or speak up for what you believe? RL.2-3.1, 2, 3 / SL.2-3.1, 4

4. Write a letter to Hoppelpopp telling him what it means to be "the best." W.2-3.1, 8