Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 2011)
This big book with big pictures and small words, averaging less than a sentence a page, much like Henke’s Caldecott Award-winning Kitten’s First Full Moon, will appeal especially to young children. The story is an adventure away from home, but without Peter Rabbit’s naughtiness. This rabbit hops along with bouncy hope, exercising his imagination, which is not so much a vehicle for fantasy as compassion, which seems Kevin Henke’s sort of imagination, too. Little White Rabbit wonders what it would be like to be green, like grass, or tall, like trees, as still as a rock, or to flutter like butterflies, before he ends up safe at home, where, while his brothers and sisters sleep, he’s the bunny with the roving eye. The front cover is pink and the back is green under the book jacket, and green and pink dominate: from clover and rabbit-nose through grass and trees. We can almost smell spring.