Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Maggie Smith
Illustrator: Maggie Smith
Publisher: Clarion Books
My Blue Bunny, Bubbit is a tender tale of traditions, special things, and family. The narrator is expecting a new baby brother, and she isn’t sure how she feels about it. When Nonni, her grandma, comes to visit, the girl decides that her new baby brother needs a special friend like her special blue bunny Bubbit. She and Nonni work together to design, cut, and sew a special treasure.
This book is perfect for small children expecting big changes in their family. New babies can be a big disruptor in an only child’s life, and this book demonstrates beautifully how special a transition it can be if done right. Not only has the little girl been given a task to do (and by extension a semblance of control) amid the family changes, but Nonni is also passing on her skills of sewing of designing the pattern, selecting and cutting the fabric, and sewing. A simple project with grandma turns a potentially confusing change into a special memory one little girl will treasure forever.