Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion


Bibliographic Information:  Written and Illustrated by:  Mo Willems, Published by:  HarperCollins Publishers, 2010, 52pp.

Reading Level:  AD 530L (Adult Directed)

Synopsis:  This book is part of a series that centers on Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny stuffed animal.  Trixie accidentally leaves Knuffle Bunny on an airplane as she travels to visit her Oma and Opa.  During her visit, Trixie learns that she is growing up and that she isn’t as dependent on her friend anymore; which leads her to make a very grown up decision about her stuffed animal.

Rationale for Use:  This would be a great book to use because most young children will be able to relate to having a specific stuffed animal (or toy) that is very important to them.  Children could relate this story to their personal experiences and do a writing activity about their special toy.

Common Core Connection:  The illustrations in this book are absolutely wonderful!  This would be a great book to use and have students make connection between the pictures and the text.  This book would also be a great one to use when teaching predicting.


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This entry was posted on June 7, 2013 by in Picturebooks and tagged , , , .

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