The New Baby’s Bunny
Little Steps, 2020
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Each time a new baby is born into the family, Nanna knits a new baby bunny. Each is distinct in its colouring and becomes a favourite with the recipient. But the fourth bunny is a bit different – it has a grey body but no eyes. Nanna says she can’t decide what colour to use and leaves the task to the family. Each comes home from the haberdashery shop with their choice of buttons, but will any of them do the job and be perfect?
This is a charming story for young readers that shows an unusual way of having siblings become involved in the birth of a new baby so they feel part of the process. It offers opportunities for them to talk about special toys and gifts they have received and will perhaps even pass on to their own children. But it is also a powerful statement about gift-giving – it is not the fanciest, most expensive gift that is necessarily the most treasured. It is often those made with love and time and a personal connection that stand the test of time.