Friday, December 9, 2011

Perfect Picture Books: Cowboy Bunnies

I'm joining in Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.

Cowboy Bunnies — 
Written by Christine Loomis and Illustrated by Ora Eitan,
G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 1997

Suitable for: Ages 2 and up

Theme/Topics: Rhyme, Southwestern

Cowboy bunnies
Wake up early
Ride their ponies
Hurly burly

Brief Synopsis:  The cowboy bunnies do their chores around the ranch from sunup to until they have some fun before bedtime.

Link to resources: While trying to find resources for this book, I found everything from preschool with classes named "cowboy bunnies" to materials about the Easter bunny to cowboys.  Here's a variety of activities for different age levels involving cowboys. This Utah Education Network has a page of materials on What Does a Cowboy Do? I found lots of coloring pages too for cowboys, cowgirls and bunnies.

Why I chose this book:  I love books with a ranch southwestern theme. This one is perfect. It's fun for me to read and Enzo enjoys it too. The illustrations are unique. I even read the fine print — "The art was done in gouache on plywood panels." 
Enzo held the book for me to take a picture.


  1. Cowboy bunnies--so cute!! Have a great weekend Stacy!
    And thanks again for suggesting my site to Christina :)

  2. Now that's just funny!

  3. It sounds delightful! I'd never thought of bunnies becoming cowboys, but why not?

  4. I was sold on the title! Cowboy Bunnies - how awesome is that? Also, I'm interested that the book was painted on plywood. That's pretty unusual, but Punxsutawney Phyllis was too, and I have one of the original paintings (Phyllis in the blackberries) which I show kids on school visits. Thanks for sharing this delightful title!

  5. Adorable title and premise, Stacy! Considering it for my nieces... (With a read for myself first :))

  6. @Coleen - I loved those gift ideas for writers. I think my son needs a box of distinguished gentlemen action figures.
    @Erik - It is! Very delightful story for both kids and parents
    @elizabethanne-Good point. It's unexpected, which adds to the fun.
    @Susanna-I always enjoy illustrations, but these really struck me. I'm going to look back at the Punxsutawney Phyllis book's art now. Having a painting is a great addition to your school visits.
    @August- We found this book during a library visit. As I mentioned to Erik, it's a fun one for adults and children.

  7. Great selection Stacy. The title grabbed me immediately. The illustrations look fun. And, if it is a winner with Enzo, his nod of approval is enough for me.:)

  8. I will definitely have to order this one! Our Kinders go to the rodeo every spring and the teachers always ask me for good books to read-this one sounds perfect! I LOVE the artwork on the plywood panels. Thank you Stacy!

  9. I can tell by just the title and the opening that my kids would love that, thanks Stacy!

  10. OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cowboy Bunnies! It was one of the first books my daughter could recite by heart (when she was less than two no less!) Adorable. I was actually thinking of using it myself one week, but I'm glad you beat me to it. :-)

  11. This looks like a great book. I will definitely check it out!

  12. Love this cute book, and catchy title. I can see why kids would love it. Thanks Stacy.

  13. What a cute book! I'm always looking for good children's books *smiling*

  14. @Patricia - Well, we don't want to get carried away with Enzo's recommendations. Sometimes, he acts his 1.5 age. :)
    @Kelly- I think the ranch theme is great for a rodeo week reading selection.
    @Catherine- The rhyme is wonderful!
    @Julie - It is a great one to recite by heart.
    @Jennifer - I think it's great fun.
    @ThePatientDreamer - Very catchy title and story.
    @Kathryn - It's a fun book for the rhyme and story.

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  16. I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds really cute. There are so many little treasures out there just waiting to be discovered. Thank goodness for Perfect Picture Book Fridays!

  17. Yes Kerry, I'm happy about the PPB feature as my library list keeps growing and growing.


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