Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Early Chapter Book for Kids

Nothing is better than the wisdom of the ancient masters to create a compelling early chapter book, wouldn't you say?  Well, probably not, but it's a good thing that John Himmelman doesn't listen to me and instead went out on a creative limb to create this funny, strong willed character, who can also kick some tushy!  Hello Bunjitsu Bunny!

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Title: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny

Author: John Himmelman

Target:Grades 1-3

Series: No

What this book is about: 
Told in a series of short stories, this book follows a bunny, Isabel, who is a bunjitsu artist.  She can kick higher, hit harder and throw farther than anyone, but her goal is to find ways not to kick, hit or throw.  Her deft charm allows her to conquer obstacles as mundane as locked doors and as exciting as a boat full of pirates.  She uses her intelligence far more often than her brawn.

Why I love this book:
Well it is absolutely charming.  I think it was nice that Himmelman made our bunny a strong female character, because her gender is not relevant to the lessons in the stories, so why not have a kick butt girl!  The fun is of course trying to figure out how she will get out of difficult situations without resorting to muscles.

The lessons for kids about being a good friend, working hard and what winning means are well delivered in these appealing vignettes

Who this book is for:
Great for kids who are interested in martial arts, but also just an endearing book for kids who like clever, funny stories.  Pictures and limited text on every page make this book good for kids just starting chapter books.

Final thoughts: 
Isabel’s wisdom is not lost on parents as well.  Yes, even I am a work in progress!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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