Rating 3/5 stars (me) 4/5 stars (Ellie)
Elanor has been watching a lot of Reading Rainbow lately. This is a children’s tv program that showed in the US from 1983 through 2006 resulting in 155 episodes. At the end of each episode, three children review books that they’ve read. Elanor has been fascinated by these segments, and when I suggested she review a book for me, she was eager. I will warn you in advance that this is Elanor’s first attempt at reviewing a book and her summarization and presentation skills are in line with a five year old who has never done this before.
I like The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo. It’s a cute story that shows kids it’s okay to step outside the boundaries of what they’re supposed to do and to try new things. Calf is surprised that Little Rabbit likes to say “moo.” But when Little Rabbit asks him if he likes any other noises, the calf says that they like “baa.” This brings over the lamb, and so forth. At the end of the story, each of the baby animals reflects that they have fun saying the other sounds, but that they like their own noise best. Except Little Rabbit–who reveals his very favorite sound on the last page.
I’d put this as a book that’s best for age 2 through maybe 6. It’s a simple repetitive story that the younger kids can follow. Kids like making the sounds along with you, which is what makes it a fun read aloud. The illustrations are cute. There are no rhymes, which can make it (and the other Allen books) a nice break when your brain is about to fry from rhyming overload. Personally, I would’ve picked up Little Rabbit because we like Jonathan Allen’s books in general and “I’m Not Sleepy” in particular. Given my choices, I would’ve read it aloud a few times and then moved onto a book that I enjoy reading aloud more (or rereading) like Mo Willems–Mo Willems is always good for a dramatic reading. But in our house the kids pick the books (or at least pick 2 of the 3 read alouds per night) so I read what I’m asked to read.
Unlike a “Llama Llama Red Pajama”–which I consider an essential addition to a home library–Little Rabbit only needs to visit your home from the library.