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10 hungry rabbits : counting and color concepts
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Reading Level:
AD 450 L Lexile
Ten rabbits are hungry for supper but Mama Rabbit has nothing to put in her soup pot, so Papa sends the little ones to the garden where they discover increasing numbers of foods in many different colors.


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From a Caldecott Honor artist comes a mouth-watering celebration of good things to eat that's perfect for warm-weather reading and combines learning to count with color concepts!

One by one, 10 very hungry rabbits find 10 very yummy vegetables for Mama Rabbit's soup pot. One big purple cabbage, two white onions, three yellow peppers, and so on through 10--garden vegetables have never looked so appetizing!

Here Anita Lobel makes a delightful story for preschoolers with the two most basic early learning concepts, counting and color. And her beautiful illustrations of vegetables might even tempt picky eaters into new adventures in eating!

Author Notes

Anita Lobel (née Kempler) was born on June 2, 1934. She is a Polish-American illustrator of children's books, including A New Coat for Anna, This Quiet Lady, Alison's Zinnia, and On Market Street, which won a Caldecott Honor for illustrations. One Lighthouse, One Moon, one of two books she created about her cat, Nini, is a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Lobel was born in Krakow, Poland. She was forced to hide in a convent during WWII, but was captured by the Nazis. She and her brother were forced to go into a concentration camp in Germany; they were rescued in 1945 by the Swedish Red Cross. They were lucky to be reunited with their parents in 1947. In 1952, her family moved to New York, and she then attended Pratt Institute for Art. Lobel graduated with a B. F. A. in Fine Arts. Lobel met her husband, Arnold, at Pratt while acting in a play.

Anita's major works include: Alison's Zinnias, Sven's Bridge, On Market Street, and One Lighthouse, One Moon. She has been nominated for numerous awards including selections for the Best Illustrated Book from New York Times Book Reviews (Sven's Bridge, On Market Street and One Lighthouse, One Moon). On Market Street also received a Caldecott Honor Book Award, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award (illustration), and is an American Book Award finalist.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lobel smoothly weaves together a counting and color lesson in this trim book that follows 10 rabbits as they find vegetables for their mother's soup. The color of each rabbit's vegetable matches his or her clothing, as well as the corresponding numerals and name of each color. On the way up to 10, the fourth rabbit "picked four red tomatoes," while the seventh rabbit "spotted seven brown mushrooms." After Papa Rabbit slices the medley of colorful vegetables, and Mama swirls the soup on the stove, "The Rabbit family sat down to bowls of delicious vegetable soup. Yum! The happy rabbits were hungry no more." Lobel's gouache and watercolor portraits, rendered in her familiar folk art style, recall impressionist paintings-each soup component, writ large, takes up most of its page, while the rabbits scour the garden in panels below. Ages 1-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

When Mama Rabbit announces her plans to make vegetable soup for dinner, her ten children -- each one wearing a different color -- gather ten matching colorful ingredients: one purple cabbage, two white onions, three yellow peppers, and so forth. Each ingredient (including, interestingly, blueberries) is prominently featured in a countable, realistic-style portrait that takes up two-thirds of each page and is accompanied by the corresponding color-coded number, as both an Arabic numeral and written out in Roman script. Beneath the main illustration is a line of text describing the rabbit's action and using both cardinal and ordinal numbers ("The fourth rabbit picked four red tomatoes"), followed by a smaller horizontal illustration at the bottom of the page that shows the gathering rabbit in action. Once the ingredients are brought home, Papa Rabbit does the chopping and Mama Rabbit does the cooking while their ten hungry children wait, ten empty bowls in hand. This concept book has an original story line, engaging characters, rich language, and a predictable visual and narrative pattern, and the concepts themselves are reinforced in multiple ways in words and pictures, some subtle and some obvious. Best of all, it's the sort of picture book you can read aloud just for the fun it, even if you don't care about teaching numbers or colors. kathleen t. horning From HORN BOOK, Copyright The Horn Book, used with permission.

Booklist Review

In this introduction to numbers and colors which also champions healthful eating poor Mama Rabbit doesn't have anything to feed her hungry brood, so Papa Rabbit sends the little ones out to find the makings for a delicious soup. The 10 young bunnies head to the garden, each gathering colored vegetables and fruits (purple cabbage, yellow peppers, blueberries) in increasing amounts, from 1 to 10. Lobel's gouache and watercolor illustrations are chock-full of charm and detail, especially the adorable, rotund rabbits direct descendants of Beatrix Potter's and Clement Hurd's classic cottontails. However, it's the educational components that are rightly front and center here, with both numbers and colors prominently highlighted, close-ups of grouped items for counting, and simple lines of descriptive text ( The seventh rabbit spotted SEVEN BROWN mushrooms ). An early learning concept book is an obvious choice for one-on-one sharing, but the book's appealing scenes and petite size make it a good fit for little browsers, too.--McKulski, Kristen Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-When the rabbits wail that they are hungry, Papa Rabbit suggests that they head to the garden. What they find there-cabbages, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, peas, etc.-provides contents for Mama's empty pot. As each rabbit selects an item ("the second rabbit pulled up TWO WHITE onions," "the sixth rabbit yanked up SIX ORANGE carrots"), viewers will quickly discover that the colors of the vegetables match the colors of the bunnies' outfits. While some may question the eighth bunny's choice of blueberries for vegetable soup, it does fill out the color scheme-and, who knows, perhaps the bunnies enjoyed them for dessert! Lobel's vibrant colors punch up this sweet and simple tale, providing a multiple learning package for very young children.-Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

(Picture book. 2-5)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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