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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rabbit's Gift: a Fable From China

Rabbit's Gift: a Fable From China by  George Shannon, Illus. by Laura Dronzek, 2007.

This centuries-old folktale has been shared in China, Germany, Japan, France, Spain, Syria and Jordan. In wintertime, a lucky rabbit finds two turnips and decides to leave one for his friend Donkey. She already has enough food, and kindly takes it to Goat's door and so the gifting goes on. Imagine Rabbit's surprise the next morning when he finds it again at his house!

Laura Dronzek's  child-pleasing acrylic paint illustrations enrich the story. The uncluttered, serene pictures put the emphasis on the generous animal friends. The rich colors Dronzek has chosen contrast nicely with the snowy winter landscape.She includes decorative turnip borders that incorporate the Chinese symbols for rabbit, donkey, goat and deer.

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