Little Sister Rabbit Gets Lost

tr. from Swedish by Susan Beard. illus. by Eva Eriksson. 32p. Floris. May 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781782503774.
PreS-Gr 4—Originally published in Sweden in 1987, this classic tale tells the charming story of an adventurous young rabbit. After jumping in puddles, skipping stones, and cartwheeling through the day, Little Sister finds herself in an unfamiliar grove, out of sight of her familiar burrow. The straightforward narrative follows Little Sister as she peeks into several animals' homes and leaves quickly after she notices each hole belongs to a different family. She is briefly overwhelmed by the fear that she has lost her way. Not a moment too soon, Big Brother calmly calls for her, and they hop back home paw in paw. Eriksson's warm, delicate illustrations focus on the movement of the story, and the generous use of white space creates a cozy, enveloped depiction of each scene.
VERDICT Pair this title with Beatrix Potter's books for a roundup of gentle offerings that are part cautionary tale, part adventure and end with the comfort and safety of home and family. Its folksy, classic picture book charm makes it just right for one-on-one sharing.

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