Dog and Rabbit
Dog likes Rabbit. Rabbit likes Bunny. But Bunny ignores Rabbit. How will the friendship triangle resolve? Written in four parts, this picture book navigates the pitfalls of budding friendship and explores the rewards of patience under the sure hand of seasoned author/illustrator Barney Saltzberg.
With lovely, colorful illustrations and simple text, this book could easily work for older infants and toddlers as well as preschool/early elementary schoolers who are emerging readers. The text-to-picture ratio is ideal for both, and while the text is repetitive with simple words, it is not boring and tells a truly charming story.
What I loved: The images are lovely with charming characters featured on every page. They are simple with a few small details but tell the story perfectly with Dog and Rabbit having very expressive faces. The field of flowers and stars in night images are truly lovely. The text is simple, clear, and completely adorable. Friendship is complicated, and it can be difficult to make friends. This story also gives hope and shows the value of smiles and patience. The pages themselves are also nice and thick, making them easy to turn and difficult to tear- a valuable trait in books for young children.
Final verdict: Ideal for emerging readers and young listeners, this lovely story of friendship is certainly worth picking up. Elegant illustrations combined with charming text make this a fantastic picture book about patience, smiles, and making friends.