Rory the Rabbit – by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li & Xuan He

    Rory the Rabbit – by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li & Xuan He and translated by Adam Lanphier, Candied Plums Publishing, 9781945295164, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This is a wonderful book about a little rabbit who learns to be at peace with himself. One day Little Rabbit realizes that his ears are shorter than all the other rabbits’ ears. He’s afraid he won’t be accepted so he sets off to pretend he’s another animal. He tries to be a dog. It doesn’t work when he realizes his tail is shorter than other dogs’ tails, so he decides to be a bear as they have both short ears and short tails. When the bears get ready to hibernate, Little Rabbit realizes that he doesn’t belong with the bears. He heads home, thinks about his plight and then decides that being with rabbits is the best thing for him, even if they put him down. They all welcome him back and tell him that he made the best snowman last winter. Little Rabbit is home and happy with himself. This is a heartwarming and funny book as you watch Little Rabbit try to fit in. The illustrations are great. Children will love the cute animals and the clever way the illustrator made Little Rabbit try to fit in with the other animals. This is a book written in Chinese with English pronunciation written above the Chinese characters. There is a reference page in the back with words and expressions. The book is also translated in English at the back of the book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book. The book is clearly written as a way for children to learn Chinese, but the story on its own holds up as an excellent piece of children’s literature.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 2-5. It is also certified appropriated for novice learners of Chinese by the ACTFL Proficiency guidelines.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, Chinese immersion classes, any Chinese language learner

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher Washington, DC.

Date of review: July 31, 2017


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