A fun and cozy celebration of birthdays from the author of the Caldecott Honor book All the World.
What are these and what are those?
Fancy shoes and party clothes!
Bunny’s big day has arrived, and her family and their forest friends are ready to celebrate in style. There’s hugging and kissing, singing and dancing, and, of course, cake and presents! In this sweet picture book that’s just perfect for reading aloud, Liz Garton Scanlon commemorates that most cherished of childhood events—a little one’s birthday.
While the title isn t especially distinctive, this is as memorable and heartfelt as a birthday book gets. Scanlon (All the World) presents the special day through a series of questions. What are these and what are those? the young birthday bunny asks, pointing to clothing held up by her mother and a polo-shirted older sibling. Fancy shoes and party clothes! they reply, as the girl holds her skirt out while they applaud. Graegin s (Don t Feed the Boy) pencil and ink wash spreads show the bunny s family and friends foxes, owls, raccoons, and more crowded together in one room, the children chasing after each other, the grownups looking on. What do you mean that time just flies? the birthday girl asks the adults curled up on the sofa with photo albums. You re growing up before our eyes, they tell her, while Graegin s faux photos show her as a swaddled infant and a just-walking toddler. This isn t about irony; it s pure celebration, and readers will share wholeheartedly in the pleasure. Ages 2 5.