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A starlit somersault downhill /

Having made a plan with Bear to spend the winter napping in a cozy home, Rabbit finds himself too energetic to sleep and decides to join the world outside. Full description

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Other Authors: Pinkney, Jerry,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Little, Brown, 1993
Edition: First edition.
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Having made a plan to spend the winter with Bear napping in a cozy cave, Rabbit finds himself too energetic to sleep and decides to join the world outside.

Review by Booklist Review

Ages 5-9. With a rhyme that's pleasant to the ear, if not always clearly understandable to young listeners, Willard introduces a bear who invites a bunny to share his lair during the long, snowy winter. The rabbit agrees, but as soon as the bear falls asleep, the rabbit has second thoughts: "Some go in green, some go in white. / The snow's footfall is very light. / It is not wise for us, dear bear, / when snow combs silver from her hair / and stars are shears and hills are sheep, / it will not do to fall asleep. / How inconvenient to play dead!" Like lightning, the rabbit is out the door of the cave, back into the sunlight. Pinkney's impressive two-page spreads fill the pages with stars, snow, leaves, trees, and, of course, the two unlikely roommates. Graceful in both picture and word, this creates a mood that transcends the intricacies of the text. ~--Ilene Cooper

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

PW's starred review praised this wintertime tale for its "sophisticated language" and "lavishly detailed, full-spread watercolors [that] bristle with energy." Ages 6-10. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Nancy Willard was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 26, 1936. She received a bachelor's degree in 1958 and a Ph.D in 1963 from the University of Michigan and a master's degree from Stanford University. She taught at Vassar College in the English department from 1965 until 2012. She published more than 70 books during her lifetime including collections of poetry, children's books, collections of short stories, novels, essays, and criticism. In 1982, she received the Newbery Medal for A Visit to William Blake's Inn. She died from natural causes on February 19, 2017 at the age of 80.

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