Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
oh, I love this book.
I first came across it when I was working in a library and ordered a copy for the collection. I was instantly taken by the charming illustrations and relatable storyline. I loved it so much I purchased a copy to give to our niece on her first birthday. And then when I came across it in board book format recently when looking for books for a friend's new baby, I knew I had to buy a copy for E's library, as well.
Small Bunny, like many a toddler or preschooler, has a security object. His security object is Blue Blanket. Small Bunny and Blue Blanket do everything together: swinging, painting, reading books. Predictably, they both get a bit dirty having so much fun, and Mommy declares it bathtime for both.
After Small Bunny is clean and dry, it's Blue Blanket's turn. Small Bunny, of course, is not thrilled about this separation, nor is he okay with the fact that Blue Blanket is "good as new" afterwards.
My favorite spread is when Small Bunny watches Blue Blanket for the duration of the wash cycle-- just to be sure.
I love that this book deals with separation from a beloved object without it being traumatic (i.e., Knuffle Bunny, which is, of course, a brilliant addition to children's literature). Perfect for pulling out to pass the107 minutes while your youngster is separated from his or her own Blue Blanket.
reviewed from personal copy