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Humbug Rabbit [Hardcover]

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As Grandma prepares for Easter above ground, the rabbit children in their home below ground are convinced that their father is the Easter Bunny! The two worlds meet happily on the Easter holiday.

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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.16" Width: 8.04" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   Star Bright Books
ISBN  1932065407  
ISBN13  9781932065404  

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More About Lorna Balian

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lorna Balian was born and raised in Wisconsin, where she met her husband, John Balian. Lorna became interested in illustrating children's books, but she did not know anyone who wrote them, so she decided to write them herself. This began a long and celebrated career as a favorite author and illustrator of children's books. Lorna still ives in Wisconsin.

Lorna Balian currently resides in Watertown, in the state of Wisconsin.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Farm Animals > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Rabbits > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Easter > Fiction

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Lorna Balian is, in my opinion, one of the best writers and illustrators of children's books we have. She is extremely prolific, and each book she creates in a little jewel within itself. Humbug Rabbit, of all her books, is my favorite. Even though this work presents itself and is perceived as an Easter Story, it is so much more, and can be read year around and still be enjoyed by all.

This particular work, Humbug Rabbit is actually two stories in one. We have the "top story" of a Granny getting ready to color Easter Eggs for her grandchildren when they visit on Easter morning. Secondly, we have the "bottom story" of a family of rabbits who live under Granny's house, and I mean way under, getting ready for Easter. The children in the family of rabbits are convinced that their father is actually the Easter Bunny, and talk and deny as he may, he cannot convince his family differently.

This is a sweat story, but, just as importantly, it is a well told story and the author's keen sense of humor shines through on each and every page. You, the adult, will actually find yourself laughing out loud. This is a story that not only will the children love, and they do love it, but it is one that adults can appreciate also. It is very, very well crafted. There is a myriad of characters; Granny, the rabbit family, a "devilish cat," a mouse, (good grief, don't forget the mouse!), chickens and (now this is important) the actual Easter Eggs!

Even though the story is well written and an absolute delight, it almost holds a secondary position to the wonderful illustrations by Lorna Balian. She has used a rather unique method of telling two tales in one and illustrating it as such. As the story unfolds telling of Granny and the chickens, et al on top of the ground, the bottom half of each page tells the story of the rabbits in their underground home under Granny's house. The two stories run parallel. I cannot say enough about the art work in this one. At first glance one might feel that the illustrations are, no, no! With each reading of this work you will find more and more details here and there that you did not see in previous readings. Small birds, nests, rocks, roots, decorations, old buildings, critters, and yes, eggs! Each picture, and these pictures cover two pages, is executed perfectly and the artist has done wonder with colors and blends. Even though these are illustrations for children, the reader has a feel that they are actually a part of the two world represented here. It just does not get better than this!

This work has been kid, parent, grandparent and teacher tested since at least 1974 and is still around and still enjoyed as much today as when it was first published. Endorsements do not get much better than this. If you buy one book for your child this year, I do recommend that you give close thought to making this one that one. This work is suitable for those children between the ages of three and 101.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
My favorite book  Feb 14, 2008
This was my absolute favorite book as a child and now I can read it to my daughter. The other reviews do a great job of summarizing it accurately, so I won't repeat that, I just wanted to post my 5 stars and if I could I would give it 5 more. It's a fabulously creative book and an absolute joy to read!
imaginative illustrations and creative story  Apr 21, 2003
I grew up reading this book and would look forward to Easter especially so that I could read it. The colors always fascinated me, and the dual story line always hooked me. When I finally grew up, I bought it and have been reading it to kids since then!
Fun for the whole family  Apr 28, 2000
I began reading this book to my five children almost 25 years ago. The older ones would listen while I read to the younger ones. Now I read it to my grandson and he loves it as much as the others. It's a wonderful book to read aloud and an equally wonderful book for children to explore themselves. The illustrations take many "looks" before you see everything. It's kept the children in our family engrossed (and quiet) on long car trips for a long time.
A Must-Have Easter Treat  Mar 19, 1999
My family has owned this book for many years, and we've worn it out. Ms. Balain has written a sweet story in several "layers". The illustrations are just perfect and so detailed. We've loved watching the flowers grow and the birds build their nest and wait for their family to hatch as we turn the pages. All of this in addition to the story of the Rabbit Family below ground and Granny and her grandchildren above ground. You'll love it, too. "The mouse told me so."

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