Written By: Ole Risom
Illustrated By: Richard Scarry
Explore Illustrations and Text:
Peruse the cover and illustrations throughout the book with your child. Ask your child questions like these about bunnies that will also get him/her making initial observations and predictions about the story you are about to read. When asking about predictions, be sure to be reassuring and tell your child that this is just what s/he thinks and that there is no right or wrong answer:
What animal is that on the cover?
What do bunnies like to do? Can you show me?
What do they eat? That’s right, they eat carrots like this... *curl your upper lip under so that you have bunny teeth and pretend to eat a carrot*
The bunny is hiding under a mushroom? Why do you think he is doing that?
What do you think the bunny’s name is? What kinds of things do you think the bunny will do in this story?
As You Read
Help your child make predictions throughout the story by inquiring what will happen next. For example, begin reading, “In the summer,...” then ask, “What do you think Nicholas likes to do in the summertime? What do you like to do in the summertime? Do you think Nicholas likes to do this too? Why or why not?” This not only allows your child to make predictions, but also make connections between Nicholas and him/herself. Also, ask questions about the illustrations such as, “How are the squirrels getting ready for winter? How do we get ready for winter? One way is that we get out our big winter coats and our gloves so we can stay warm when we go outside.”
While reading, encourage your child to stop and identify words that they are not familiar with. Allow him/her to discover a word’s meaning by using the words and illustrations surrounding it. Examples of new words in I Am a Bunny include:
Summarize and Interpret:
Ask questions like these to conclude your read-through and get your child thinking about the story as a whole:
Did you like that story? Why or why not?
What do bunnies like to do?
Where does Nicholas live?
What are some things that he likes to do?
Activity: Make Bunny Ears and Do the Bunny Hop!
Inspired by Spoonful
Supplies: White poster board, pink construction paper, scissors, a pencil, glue, and tape or a stapler
- Cut a strip of poster board about 2”x24”.
- Draw the outline for 2 ears that are each about 3.5”x 8.5” and then cut them out.
- Draw the outline for 2 smaller ears out of the pink construction paper.
- Glue one pink ear inside each of the two white ears.
- Next, adjust the poster board band to fit your child’s head and cut off the extra length.
- Then glue the ears to either side of the band and pull the band into a headband with the ears on the inside. Tape or staple the band so it creates a headband that fits snuggly on your child’s head.
Now it’s time to do the Bunny Hop! Dance to the Bunny Hop song and hop your way around the room! Here are the steps:
- Tap your right heel out to your side twice.
- Tap your left heel out to your side twice.
- Hop forward once.
- Hop backward once.
- Hop forward three times.