Friday, June 13, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 55

Picture Book: Knuffle Bunny 

Author & Illustrator: Mo Willems

Summary: Trixie & her Knuffle Bunny go along with Daddy on an excursion to the laundromat. After Trixie helps load the washing machine and they head for home, she realizes that Knuffle Bunny is missing. But Trixie isn’t talking yet so screams are the best she can do. Daddy is flummoxed, then frustrated, then angry. Once home, Mommy quickly realizes the problem, and the whole family frantically retrace the route. Trixie is so relieved to find a newly washed Knuffle Bunny, that she says her first words. You guessed it! “Knuffle Bunny.”

Hanna’s Comments: This is such a hilarious book that even older kids & adults will enjoy it. It will offer an opportunity to talk about losing important things (or even relationships), the emotions surrounding those losses, and why they are important to us. For another faith connection to this book, check out the Storypath blog in my list of favorite sites to the right. They suggest this book is a reminder that we have faith rooted in a trust that God will hear us and respond to us even when we can't put our longings into words. 

Publisher & Date of Publication: Hyperion, 2004 

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up 

# of Pages: 40 

Available in Spanish? Yes 

Formats other than Book: Audible

PBT Category:
Award Winner (Caldecott Honor), Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with:
anger, anxiety/worry, babies/children, baptism/washing, bonds/connections/connectedness, challenges, comfort, companionship, depression/despair/sadness/sorrow, disabilities/handicaps/limitations, exile/separation, fathers, found, lost, mothers, noise/sounds/voice, nurturing, parents/parental love, renewal/restoration, searching, treasure, wisdom

Scripture Connections: Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8); Where your treasure is… (Luke 12:34), Lost sheep, coin, or son (Luke 15)

Idea(s) for Application: This book would be great as a part of a lesson on the "lost" parables in Luke 15 (see above).

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