George Shannon Rabbit's Gift

ISBN 13: 9780152060732

Rabbit's Gift

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Snow is coming, coming soon, so Rabbit needs to find food fast. Just in time, a turnip turns up, and a second one, too. Who in the woods wouldn't want to tuck away an extra turnip for the long winter? Not Rabbit. He chooses a different path--and starts a wave of generosity that spreads among all his forest friends.      Admired picture-book team George Shannon and Laura Dronzek have created a heartwarming tale about the true meaning of friendship.      Includes an author's note and a chart that translates the Chinese calligraphy in the book.

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About the Author:

GEORGE SHANNON is a teacher, librarian, writer, and storyteller. His children's books include Lizard's Song, Climbing Kansas Mountains, and The Secret Chicken Club. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
LAURA DRONZEK, a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally, is the award-winning illustrator of Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! and White Is for Blueberry, both also written by George Shannon. She lives with her husband, author-illustrator Kevin Henkes, in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Shannon takes an ancient folktale and shapes it into quite a nice little winter story. Though it's cold and snowy, Rabbit finds not one but two turnips. One is enough for him, so he rolls the other over to Donkey's house and leaves it outside the door for her. Donkey comes home with a potato, and concerned that Goat is always hungry, leaves the turnip for him. Goat has a cabbage, so brings the turnip to Deer; and she, satisfied with her carrot, leaves the turnip outside Rabbit's door. The next day, Rabbit shares the turnip all around. Dronzek makes a lovely border of turnips, with the Chinese ideograms for the names of the animals, as a leitmotif; her shapes are soft, rounded and sculptural and the snow is deep and soft. The animals have expressive faces and move the gift of the turnip around by pushing, butting and rolling. In a graceful author's note, Shannon traces what he can of the misty origins and multiple versions of this story. A low-key but lovely winter tale. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews)

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