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Let's Make Rabbits by Leo Lionni

Let's Make Rabbits

by Leo Lionni

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I would have to say that this book is a metaphor for parenthood. The pencil and the scissors make rabbits out of paper. Feed them at first, but after a period of time let them find food on their own and they grow up. My theory might be a reach, but that is what I think. ( )
  twalsh | Apr 27, 2016 |
The story, Let's Make Rabbits, in my opinion it was about growing up and becoming independent. The two rabbits, one made of paper and one of a drawing, both looked to there creators for everything. Once their creators were gone they had to look for another solution, so that they wouldn't be hungry. The two rabbits worked together to figure out how they would eat, that was them showing their independence. Also once the rabbits ate the real carrots, (because their creators made them paper and drawn carrots) they became real, they gained their shadows. I think the author is saying that drawings and pictures can become real. This would be a great story for younger children k-6. ( )
  TaylorRankins | Sep 2, 2014 |
I feel justified in including multiple Leo Lionni books in my picture book library because his illustration and design mediums are so diverse! In the case of Let’s Make Rabbits, Lionni uses two mediums simultaneously, drawing and patterned paper collage, to create two different rabbit characters.

The wonder of this book lies in that it deconstructs the creative process and shows how an illustrator’s process works. The opening shows the scraps of paper and scissors coming together to build a rabbit while the pencil goes to work creating a rabbit as well.

Lionni’s choice to make these materials animate gives a magical, anything is possible, quality to the creative process. I appreciate that this shows children the may create anything through art and all it takes is setting their mind to it. This is a fantastic book to teach an early childhood art lesson collage, multi media projects, or just to get a child inspired to create!
  noramcmillen | Apr 26, 2010 |
A cute board book for children. It can be used to help teach them about imagination. However, the cover gives some negative connotations. ( )
  06nwingert | Apr 2, 2009 |
Pencil and scissors decide to make rabbits, each in its own way. They then have to feed them (carrots, of course). When the rabbits find and eat a "real" carrot (they know it's real because of its shadow), they too become real (develop shadows). You are what you eat? This is certainly easier than what the Velveteen Rabbit had to go through. Same content as the original, non-board book. ( )
  raizel | Nov 24, 2008 |
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A pair of scissors and a pencil, each using its own special skills, decides to make rabbits one morning in Leo Lionni's classic 1982 fable, reprinted in this sturdy board book edition for the youngest reader. The pencil-drawn rabbit and scissor-crafted collage bunny promptly become fast friends. When they grow hungry, they turn to their creators for paper carrots, which they enjoy heartily... until they come upon a real carrot (they know it's real because it casts a shadow). What happens next will surely enchant readers of all ages.

The brilliant Lionni amuses himself--and his readers--with this playful send-up of the creative process. Each bunny is unique in its own right, skillfully and yet simply designed--the wonderful kind of images readers never forget. Four-time Caldecott Honor winner Lionni wrote more than 40 children's picture books in his lifetime, including well-loved classics Frederick and Swimmy. (Ages 1 to 4) --Emilie Coulter

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