Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Peter McCarty
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Little bunnies may not know very much when they are awake, but they do have instincts that keep them safe and help them find food. When it is time to sleep, bunnies are smart enough to find a safe warren underground where they can all sleep and dream together! In dream they remember parts of the day, but with something extra added that makes it a little unreal. This separation from reality expands in the dream, until it has gone too far to be believed. This wakes up one bunny and then the rest. Everything from their dreams remains in the warren as they greet the magical moon above, except one little bunny who seems to have dragged his dream out into the moonlight!
A whimsical bedtime story that feels like a dream itself. The story brings to mind the moments in a dream when things make sense that can't possibly make sense when awake. The dream takes the reader farther and farther adrift until one bunny is awakened by the improbability. Is that what wakes people up too? Do we travel that far in our dreams? The writer's skill in bringing these things into the story without making the hints too obvious is marvelous. The illustrations contain details that are fun to explore and interact with in one's own way. They encourage imaginative exploration and personal story development. This is a cute bedtime story for every-bunny.