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Here Is Big Bunny
by Steve Henry
Steve Henry, Illustrator

Reinforced | 40 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 15.95
ISBN: 9780823434589 | 02-15-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Easter, Preschool
Recommendations: K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W.K.3, 5, 7, 8
RF.K.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 3, 3a, 3c, 4
L.K.1, 1b, 1f, 2, 4, 5, 5a, 5c, 6
RL.K.1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10
SL.K.1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

About the Book

In this urban adventure filled with more than one hundred fifty colorful animal characters, readers may notice something funny about the bright, energetic scenes. As critters roam through the city, each spread has a clue: a huge hand, a gigantic foot, a big tail, an enormous ear . . . What do these clues add up to? Big Bunny the oversized balloon, that sails down the street with a smile on his big face! Spot him in the background at the museum, the library, even the toy store.

Playful art inspired by illustrators Hilary Knight and Garth Williams, as well as modern artists Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Henri Matisse, features bold colors and detailed cutaways.

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"Each page delivers plenty to pore over, inviting kids to make up their own stories-within-the-story, and the revelation of the bunny’s identity (a parade is involved) should elicit some larger-than-life chuckles."—Publishers Weekly

"Big fun for new readers."—Kirkus Reviews

"This simple story with its detailed ink and paint illustrations will please beginning readers."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Write the word float on the board. Discuss its multiple meanings. Show the class a picture of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® and discuss. RL.K-1.4

2. How does Steve Henry use pictures to develop the story elements in Here is Big Bunny? Discuss the setting, characters and events depicted by the illustrations on each page. RL.K-1.7

3. Discuss the theme, the arts, on each page. Create a list of art mediums (ex., paintings, sculpture) shown in the illustrations. SL.K-1.1

4. Draw a picture of Big Bunny and label his body parts. (Ex., foot, hand, tail, ear, eye, nose, face) RL.K-1.4

Educators' Guide
Lesson plan featuring questions for classroom discussion, connections to the Instructional Standards.