A young rabbit does not have to go to school that day because it is snowing and the bus is stuck.  The rabbit wants to go out to play right away, but the mother rabbit says that they must wait until it stops snowing.  Well, the snow just never seems to stop coming down.  Finally, though, that night, the snow tapers off and playtime joyfully begins.

Ms. Sakai paints ever so beautifully a cooped up child/rabbit who hungers for the time to get out in the snow and play.  She likes to use acrylic paints, oil pens, and charcoal.  Her books are a delight to read and ponder the art.

Reading Level:  3 – 5 Years

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009
New York Public Library’s One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2009
New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books, 2009
Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2009
BCCB Blue Ribbon Book 2009
Smithsonian Notable Book of 2009
Booklist Editors’ Choices for 2009

Author and Illustrator:
Komako Sakai was born and lives in Japan. After graduating from Tokyo’s National University of Fine Arts and Music, Miss Sakai worked as a designer of kimonos as well as in other Japanese traditional textiles.  She then began writing and illustrating children’s books and is currently one of the most popular author-illustrators in Japan.  She also illustrates for other authors.http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/authors/item/1010-komako-sakai
I found an interview with some of her art there as well @ http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2402    (Please click on the picture at the top of the interview as the detail is incredible showing Komako’s grasp of her subjects.)

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9780545013215
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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