Story Time

Bunches of Bunnies
Submitted by: Jennifer Schultz, Octavia Fields
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by:Fleming, Denise
Poor Farmer McGreeley! All he wants to do is grow a beautiful garden, but a group of rascally rabbits keeps sneaking in at night and ruining everything! You can hardly blame them, when there are such delicious smelling lettuce, carrots, peas, and tomatoes. How can a rabbit help but want to go muncha! muncha! muncha! Be sure to practice this one, or your tongue may get tangled in all the tippy tippy tippy patting and dig-scrabbling these mischevious (but quite cute) rabbits do. Lots of opportunities for audience participation (muncha muncha muncha is repeated) and dramatics, as the hapless farmer gets "really really angry."
Bunny My Honey by:Jeram, Anita
There are many children's stories about a character getting "lost" and not knowing where a parent is-it's a common and universal concern of children. This one, per our theme, concerns a mommy rabbit and baby rabbit, named Bunny. Moms like to make up nicknames for their children, and this mama is no exception-her Bunny is "Bunny My Honey (a common phrase during the book)." One day, Bunny gets lost..and you can pretty much guess the ending. The drama of being lost doesn't last as long as it does in similar books, which works well for younger children. Anita Jeram is also the illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You, and the illustrations here are just as lovely here. This is a good selection to follow a particularly rollicking read (such as the previous entry).
Little Bunny Foo Foo by:Johnson, Paul Brett
Everyone knows the song-story of the little bunny who bopped field mice on the head and the Good Fairy who eventually has enough of that nonsense. This is the story in book form, more or less. It's told from the Good Fairy's point of view, and the story is expanded a bit to make it an actual story and not simply a song-to-book transfer. The familiar refrain is repeated throughout the book. She also asks the reader/listener several questions (Do you think he listened/behaved?), so that's more interaction with the audience.
Cowboy Bunnies by:Loomis, Christine
Woo hoo! Cowboy bunnies just doing their thing--roping cows, tossing hay, starting the campfire, etc. A cute and silly book chronicling a day in the lives of cowboy bunnies (well, you never know).
My Friend Rabbit by:Rohmann, Eric
Told from the perspective of a mouse, this is the story of two friends named Mouse and Rabbit. Mouse has a really cool new airplane, and Rabbit is just dying to play with it. Since Mouse is a good friend, he agrees. Well...poor Rabbit. Mouse tells us he means well, "but whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows." Oh, dear! Several pages are wordless, and two pages require you to hold the book vertically. This darling book won the Caldecott Medal in 2003.
Will You Be My Friend? by:Tafuri, Nancy
I love Nancy Tafuri's picture books-they are ideal for storytime use (big format, big clear pictures, big clear text for the storyreader, and simple but engaging plot). This one involves Bunny and Bird, whom fate throws together due to a a big storm. This is a story of friendship, differences, and working together to solve a problem.
The Magic Rabbit by:Watson, Richard Jesse
Also good for a magic storytime. This (unnamed) rabbit discovers all the magical things he can do with his magic hat-pull out balls to juggle, pulling out a car, and even a yummy picnic. There's just one thing-it would be so much more fun to have someone with whom to share these awesome things...
This book is great for groups who can't yet handle an involved plot. The illustrations are bright and big-great "closeups" of the rabbit, a frog, etc.
Scrubba Dub by:Van Laan, Nancy
A timeless story of a mama (rabbit) trying to get her babies a bath. This might be used with a toddler group, depending on the mood that day. This is best for young preschoolers--older children may not like some of the baby talk that creeps in the text.
Dinnertime! by:Williams, Sue
Those rabbits better run if they don't want to be the fox's "DINNERTIME!" This is also a counting book, as the number of rabbits decreases (uh, oh...but pacifists, vegetarians, and PETA need not fear). Get the children to shout "Dinnertime!" with you--they'll love it.
Songs
Bunny Pokey
You put your bunny ears in...your bunny nose...bunny tail...bunny paws...your bunny self...and shake them all about. You do the bunny pokey and you hop yourself around. That's really what it's all about.
Hop Like a Rabbit
Sung to: ?Ten Little Indians?)

Hop, hop, hop, hop, like a rabbit,
Hop, hop, hop, hop, like a rabbit.
Hop, hop, hop, hop, like a rabbit,
All around the farm.
Conejo/Rabbit
Conejo, conejo, salta, salta
Conejo, conejo, detente, detente
Disculpame hoy
No puede jugar
Estoy buscando las hojas de las zanahorias

Rabbit, rabbit, hop, hop, hop
Rabbit, rabbit, stop, stop, stop
Excuse me today
I cannot play
I am off to look for a carrot top
Little Peter Rabbit
(Tune: Battle Hymn of Republic)

Little Peter Rabbit has a fly upon his nose
Little Peter Rabbit has a fly upon his nose
Little Peter Rabbit has a fly upon his nose
And he flicked it ?til it flew away

(Every time word ?rabbit? is sung, make rabbit ears. When sing ?fly,? make flying motions. As sing ?nose,? point to nose. To turn this tune into a singing game, sing the song four times. Leave out the word ?rabbit? on the second verse, but do the motions. On the third verse, leave out ?rabbit? and ?fly,? but do the motions. On the fourth verse, leave out ?rabbit,? ?fly? and ?nose,? but do the motions.