{review & giveaway} Bunny’s First Spring

I love this book.

There isn’t any other way to start this post. I just totally love this book. Sally Lloyd-Jones, the acclaimed author of the Jesus Storybook Bible, has written a wonderful new story.  Before I get any further into my gushing, here is some more information about Bunny’s First Spring.

BunnysFirstSpring When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope.  But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying.  In bestselling author’s Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth. {source}

Why have I fallen in love with this children’s book? It’s just beautiful! The illustrations are charming and pretty, with details that had us stopping on each page so my four year old could point something out to me. The story is beautiful, like poetry. You feel the emotion and change in Bunny’s experiences as the seasons move along. And the end is triumphant, as it should be.

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Maybe you’re thinking that a story about spring should have more to do with the resurrection of Jesus. Well, maybe. But I think young children learn so well from object lessons. The glory of summer, the beautiful fading of autumn, the quiet death of winter, the victorious emergence of  spring. Even in the dead of winter, there is new life beneath the surface.

Sound familiar to anyone? The beauty of the Gospel is that you can find whisperings of it everywhere. Because He is the creator of everything! His signature is all over creation. This seemingly simple children’s story demonstrates that.

This beautiful story pulled all of my daughters in the first night I read it. Okay so my thirteen year old was just wondering what we were doing …  but she stuck around to hear the end of the story. It has moved to the front of the line in our house. We adore this book. And I’m so happy to have a copy to give away to one reader!

If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Bunny’s First Spring, comment below telling me your favorite children’s book. The giveaway will end on January 26, 2015 at 8pm. Winner will be notified by email so please be sure to leave your email address!

This giveaway has ended. Comment #4 – Joan – is our winner! Thanks to all who entered!

{I received this book in exchange for an honest review as a part of the Z Blog Squad. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made. Giveaway is sponsored by Zondervan.}


26 thoughts on “{review & giveaway} Bunny’s First Spring”

  1. I have a new favorite over here. My grandmother picked out “Apples to Oregon” by Deborah Hopkinson for Ruthie’s Christmas gift. The story is fun, written using great language, and accompanied by beautiful illustrations. AND it makes me want a juicy Cortland apple every time I read it.

    Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  2. This book looks really good, thanks for your review & the giveaway!
    So many favorites, but I really love the book, “My Name is Elizabeth” by Annika Dunklee. The little girl in the book is quite spirited and opinionated and in some ways reminds me of myself as a child. I think it’s important for there to be strong female roles in stories today, helping little girls know it’s ok to let their voice be heard. And there is a cute surprise at the end too!

  3. What a cute book! I know my littles would love this! Thanks for the opportunity, Jackie!
    Our all-time favorite children’s book is the famous Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. After all, there’s no limit to a parent’s love and this book illustrates just that! The pictures are adorable as well!

  4. I love Kiddie Lit because it is often so full of truth. Charlotte’s Web will always be my cornerstone book. I reread it once in awhile. I also am an enthusiast of the Jesus Storybook Bible. One of my students brought it to the Christian preschool I taught at. I have bought for myself and my grandchildren several more copies. Thank you, Sally Lloyd-Jones!

  5. This book looks great, and I know my granddaughter would love it! My favorite children’s book is A is for Annabelle, probably because I read it so many times that I memorized it, and the illustrations are delightful. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  6. My favorite children’s book is The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. In a couple of weeks I will become a grandma for the first time. Bunny’s First Spring is the perfect book to read to my little new bunny.

  7. I’ve always been a fan of Harold and the Purple Crayon, and I’m glad my kids love it too! I would love to win a copy of Sally Lloyd-Jones’ book, Bunny’s First Spring. Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

  8. My favourite book which my now 20 year old twins loved is Doggies by Sandra Boynton. It’s a board book with dogs if all shapes and sizes, with various woofs and aarffs. Oh, and just one cat at the end. My husband never tired of reading it to our daughters, and then to our many foster children. It’s taking a break now, until maybe grandchildren can enjoy it.

  9. I can’t remember a single book standing out from my childhood… Librarian Mom meant we had an endless supply of books but few that were actually ‘ours’. I love Shel Silverstein though! And Goodnight Moon. We love Goodnight Moon

  10. I am a mom whose children are all grown up. I am also a grand-mom with one beautiful grand-girl and another on the way by the same wonderful daughter-in-law and son.
    I have never read any of Sally-LLoyd Jones’s books and would like to meet her in this story and begin a reading evening with my Margaret when she visits me in Fl.
    My kids favorite stories were varied but the all-time stand-out was “The Night before Christmas” by Clement Moore followed by the Christmas Story of Jesus birth from the Bible.

  11. Oh too many to pick! My favorite children’s series may be anything by Lois Lenski and the Little House series. My current favorite book is All the World (I have three toddlers). But we also love Sally’s Jesus Storybook Bible -it’s a part of our morning routine! <3

  12. My favorite children book has to be The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper. My mother read it to me hundreds upons hundreds of time. Upon college graduation she wrapped my very warn copy and wrote a sweet note simply stating, “I knew you could”.

  13. We have a new favourite in our house. I bought it for my 21 month old daughter for Christmas, but even her three big brothers can’t walk away when it’s being read! Such a beautiful story and amazingly pretty pictures. It is “Audrey Bunny” by Angie Smith. The story behind the story is pretty amazing too.

  14. I love all of Jan Brett’s books, they are so fun to read and the illustrations are incredibly detailed. My favorite is The Mitten. What a fun giveaway Jackie, Thanks

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