Bunny’s First Spring – Children’s Book Review

When given a choice of books to review through Zondervan Publishing / Zonderkidz, I chose to review Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by David McPhail, because HEY! Springtime and Easter are just around the corner, and this seemed like a great book to read to my toddler Tessa!
While Tessa is still in the “destroy all books that aren’t board books” stage when left to her own devices, she does enjoy a good “big kid” paper page book when mom is reading to her! So I thought I’d give this book a chance and risk the “scribble on and at rip anything paper” wrath of Tessa.

About the Book

Book description from Amazon.com:
When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope.  But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying.  In bestselling author’s Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth.


My Thoughts on the Book

As far as my daughter’s reaction goes, she enjoyed pointing out all of the barn animals and making critter sounds with each turn of the page, and stayed engaged for the majority of the book. Since there have been board books that get ZERO reaction from her, this is the initial “good book” litmus test.. and it passed! Haha!
While the illustration style is not my favorite, it is rather good. (My personal preference is for brighter, bolder artwork.. the soft, gentle muted tones style just bugs me. But that’s just my personal hang up, haha!) The text is engaging and actually MAKES SENSE (something rare in children’s books these days, I’m finding to my dismay) and so the re-read factor is good for adults.
Overall it’s a cute book, great to prep kids for springtime, Easter and even just for general reading. I’m not so smitten with the book that I’d recommend you run out and buy it for your little ones, but if you see it at a reasonable price and need a good spring themed read for your children, go ahead and check it out!
[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me initiating contact and incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]

Okay folks, hit me with your favorite springtime reading recommendations (both children AND adult books!)