Squish Rabbit

PreS-K—A little rabbit who got his name because he lives in fear of being squished has other problems, too. No one notices him, wonderful things pass him by, and he is lonely. He creates a pretend friend in the form of a toy rabbit, but that doesn't satisfy his longing. Then Squish tries to play with trees, which is equally unfulfilling. In the midst of a tantrum, he is befriended by a squirrel. This new object of his attention happens to be just the right size—his size—and makes him feel both bigger and happier. Children will sympathize with Squish, relate to his struggles, and celebrate the joy he takes in his newfound friend. Minimal, effective text and spare, mixed-media illustrations blend wonderfully to tell this appealing tale. Children will fall in love with this little rabbit.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Little rabbit Squish is lonely. He's rendered in simple black outline, but his surroundings are more intricate and interesting: the illustrations feature what looks like paper-bag earth, fabric-swatch trees, etc. Unfortunately, the art isn't enough to sustain the thin story. One of Squish's remedies, sewing a fabric friend, is an endearing touch, however.

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