Reviews for 10 Hungry Rabbits : Counting & Color Concepts


Booklist Reviews 2012 January #1
In this introduction to numbers and colors--which also champions healthful eating--poor Mama Rabbit doesn't have anything to feed her hungry brood, so Papa Rabbit sends the little ones out to find the makings for a delicious soup. The 10 young bunnies head to the garden, each gathering colored vegetables and fruits (purple cabbage, yellow peppers, blueberries) in increasing amounts, from 1 to 10. Lobel's gouache and watercolor illustrations are chock-full of charm and detail, especially the adorable, rotund rabbits--direct descendants of Beatrix Potter's and Clement Hurd's classic cottontails. However, it's the educational components that are rightly front and center here, with both numbers and colors prominently highlighted, close-ups of grouped items for counting, and simple lines of descriptive text ("The seventh rabbit spotted SEVEN BROWN mushrooms"). An early learning concept book is an obvious choice for one-on-one sharing, but the book's appealing scenes and petite size make it a good fit for little browsers, too. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
When Mama Rabbit announces her plans to make vegetable soup, her ten children--each wearing a different color--gather ingredients: one purple cabbage, two white onions, etc. The book's color and number concepts are reinforced in multiple ways through words and pictures. Best of all, with its engaging characters and rich language, the book can be read just for the fun of it.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #1
When Mama Rabbit announces her plans to make vegetable soup for dinner, her ten children -- each one wearing a different color -- gather ten matching colorful ingredients: one purple cabbage, two white onions, three yellow peppers, and so forth. Each ingredient (including, interestingly, blueberries) is prominently featured in a countable, realistic-style portrait that takes up two-thirds of each page and is accompanied by the corresponding color-coded number, as both an Arabic numeral and written out in Roman script. Beneath the main illustration is a line of text describing the rabbit's action and using both cardinal and ordinal numbers ("The fourth rabbit picked four red tomatoes"), followed by a smaller horizontal illustration at the bottom of the page that shows the gathering rabbit in action. Once the ingredients are brought home, Papa Rabbit does the chopping and Mama Rabbit does the cooking while their ten hungry children wait, ten empty bowls in hand. This concept book has an original story line, engaging characters, rich language, and a predictable visual and narrative pattern, and the concepts themselves are reinforced in multiple ways in words and pictures, some subtle and some obvious. Best of all, it's the sort of picture book you can read aloud just for the fun it, even if you don't care about teaching numbers or colors. kathleen t. horning

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 January #1
Lobel, no stranger to gardening--or concept books--serves up a feast once again. It's dinnertime, and Mama Rabbit doesn't have anything to put in her soup pot. Ten little rabbits whine, "We are very, very, VERY HUNGRY!" Papa Rabbit suggests they hop to the garden to find good things to eat. Each rabbit brings back a fruit or vegetable (or fungus) for the pot, counting from one to 10. Each rabbit also chooses a particular color of food, appropriately matching his or her brightly patterned frock. The scrumptious garden finds are boldly placed front and center, perfect for tiny fingers to point and count. Vignettes across the bottom show the rabbits digging and gathering. Besides the obvious rabbit-in-the-garden connection, Lobel's leafy borders and beady-eyed bunnies are reminiscent of Beatrix Potter. Never one to miss a detail, Lobel delicately shades the whisper-thin onion skins and every bump on the potato and also carefully lines up 12 little bowls in the background cupboard (assuring Mama and Papa are accounted for, of course). With gardens cropping up in schools and farmers' markets on every corner, these hungry bunnies are teaching more than just numbers and colors. Good, basic food to feed the youngest of minds. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 January #3

Lobel smoothly weaves together a counting and color lesson in this trim book that follows 10 rabbits as they find vegetables for their mother's soup. The color of each rabbit's vegetable matches his or her clothing, as well as the corresponding numerals and name of each color. On the way up to 10, the fourth rabbit "picked four red tomatoes," while the seventh rabbit "spotted seven brown mushrooms." After Papa Rabbit slices the medley of colorful vegetables, and Mama swirls the soup on the stove, "The Rabbit family sat down to bowls of delicious vegetable soup. Yum! The happy rabbits were hungry no more." Lobel's gouache and watercolor portraits, rendered in her familiar folk art style, recall impressionist paintings--each soup component, writ large, takes up most of its page, while the rabbits scour the garden in panels below. Ages 1-up. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 January

PreS--When the rabbits wail that they are hungry, Papa Rabbit suggests that they head to the garden. What they find there--cabbages, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, peas, etc.--provides contents for Mama's empty pot. As each rabbit selects an item ("the second rabbit pulled up TWO WHITE onions," "the sixth rabbit yanked up SIX ORANGE carrots"), viewers will quickly discover that the colors of the vegetables match the colors of the bunnies' outfits. While some may question the eighth bunny's choice of blueberries for vegetable soup, it does fill out the color scheme--and, who knows, perhaps the bunnies enjoyed them for dessert! Lobel's vibrant colors punch up this sweet and simple tale, providing a multiple learning package for very young children.--Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

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