Sunday, March 02, 2014

Bunnies on Ice

Bunnies on Ice by Johanna Wright

Borrowed from my local library

A little bunny dreams of being a champion ice skater.  As she waits to show the world what she's made of, she takes her readers through all the preparations. Finally, the weather is right, she's got the right gear and is ready to take to the ice.

The bunny reminds me a little of my much beloved Little Squirt.  When she was very little she would stand with her leg out behind her, bent at the waist, hands out to the sides, pretending she was ice skating, just like she saw on a Charlie Brown special.  In fact, she referred to that pose as The Peppermint Patty.  

A few years later, she and her best friend had been watching the winter Olympics and decided that they wanted to skate like Oksana Baiul.  This was acted out by stuffing the dog (Katie) into the powder room and pushing pretzels under the door to keep her quiet, while Little Squirt and pal skidded across the kitchen floor in their sock feet, pretending to be doing double axles and triple sow cows.  

In reality, if her ice skating was/is anything like her roller skating, there isn't enough padding in the world to keep her from being a gigantic black and blue mark.  But, I did enjoy her pretend ice skating and the excited stories she would tell me about it.

Johanna Wright gives us gorgeous paintings, telling the story of a little girl, bunny in this case, with big dreams, who takes a chance to see if she can make them reality. If this book had been written 20 some years ago, I can assure you that I would have added it to the Little Squirt's very large book collection.

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