Sato the Rabbit- written and illustrated by Yuki Ainoy

 Sato the Rabbit– written and illustrated by Yuki Ainoya, translated from Japanese by Michael Blaskowsky, Enchanted Lion Books, 9781592703180, 2021

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? To be honest, it took me a while to warm up to this book. It is very imaginative and creative, but I was concerned some of it might get lost on young children. Then I realized that there are aspects of it that remind me a lot of Goodnight Moon, and then I realized young kids will enjoy it very much.  There are seven little stories in this book entitled  “A Tiny Pond”, “A Sea of Grass”, “A Night of Stars”, “Watermelon”, “A Window to the Sky”, “Walnuts”, and “Forest Ice”.  Each story features a little boy named Sato, who is now a rabbit, and his adventures in nature. It is fun to see how one scene morphs into another and creates special adventures for this little rabbit. For example, white laundry hanging on the clothesline against a backdrop of long green grass eventually changes from billowing laundry to clouds floating in the sky, as the grass color changes from green to sky blue. One part I really liked was when Sato was peering into large puddles on the ground after a rainfall. He could see the pink sky and the white clouds reflected in the water. One puddle really caught his attention and he reached down and opened it up–just like you would a manhole in the road. This opened up to a beautiful world of pinks and white, just like the sky. This book is very creative, but that is exactly what I loved about it.

The illustrations provided by Yuki Ainoya are beautiful, with soft pastel colors creating a very soothing and peaceful feel. There is just as much story in the illustrations as there is in the text, so readers will want to take their time and really absorb this story slowly. I think the illustrations will lead to some fun conversations with young children.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of three and six years old.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of three and six years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: March 29, 2021

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