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While We Were Out (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards) (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) [Hardcover]

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While We Were Out (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards) (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) by Ho Baek Lee

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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.44" Width: 7.78" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2003
Publisher   Kane/Miller Book Pub
ISBN  1929132441  
ISBN13  9781929132447  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Pets > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Rabbits > Fiction

Reviews - What do customers think about While We Were Out (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards) (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))?

Sweet book  Oct 27, 2007
This is a wonderful book for anyone especially if they own a rabbit as a house pet. Even my 22 year old who does have a house rabbit enjoyed it and loved receiving it as a gift. It's a very sweet and gentle story with beautiful illustrations.
lost in translation?  Mar 29, 2007
i agree this is a lovely and sweet children's book. the drawings are soft, subtle, and cozy. the story is delightful and i would give it 5 stars but the text is generic.

the main character - the bunny - IMHO should have had been given a name. at mid-point i became mildly disappointed with the repeated references as "the rabbit" and "she" this and "she" that. i understand children love repetition as a rule, but from a all-around point of view, the repetition feels poorly done perhaps as a result of a translation of the original text (?i'm guessing) rather than as a fun delivery of linguistic repetition. perhaps its just a pet peeve of mine and nobody else would mind it. the book is based on the author's pet bunny named "palpary", and i wished they had named the bunny in the book as well.

a very cute and funny story, and i certainly still recommended it. its fun watching for the 'evidence' throughout the book, and as i mentioned before, the drawings are adorable.
A Kid's Book on the Soft Side  Nov 10, 2006
A sweet, softly illustrated children's book that touched my heart. A must have for kids and animal loving adults.
One wascaly wabbit  Jan 31, 2004
The sweetest little South Korean import on the market today. Admittedly, I'm not particularly familiar with a lot of translated South Korean books for children sold in America. But due to the fact that, "While We Were Out", (originally titled in South Korea, "What On Earth Happened During That Time") is twice as adorable as 95% of picture books written in the English language, it's probably a fair guess.

In this simple book, the family rabbit goes exploring in her owners' house while they're away visiting grandma. The family itself is never seen. Instead, we follow the rabbit as she traipses from room to room, exploring and testing. The rabbit applies lipstick to her face. She settles in for a good movie. She rollerblades (with the help of some strong chopsticks, of course). All the while the little rabbit is determining her own taste and in the end she fully believes she's gotten away without the family ever knowing. There's a cute (and very realistically rabbit-like) twist on the ending of this tale. Anyone who's ever had a fluffy bunny as a pet will instantly understand that this is EXACTLY how their own rabbit might explore the home. "While We Were Out" will not change anyone's life or bowl you over with its style. It is a sweet simple tale told with humor and beauty. Just the perfect book for any time of day.

A sweet story about a little rabbit  May 28, 2003
Children's books about animals are one of my favorites to review -- especially when the main character has a mind of his own :).

The book, "While You Were Out," by Ho Baek Lee, is about a little rabbit whose owners forget to lock the door to the balcony. When the little rabbit discovers this, she goes exploring throughout the house. While inside, she finds a lot of fun things to do. highly recommends this book -- it's short sentences and simple renderings make this story very enjoyable for young children. The ending is sure to leave a trail...pun intended :).


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