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Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Last updated Monday, February 1, 2010

Author: Mo Willems
Date of Publication: 2007
ISBN: 1423102991
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2010

Synopsis: Knuffle Bunny returns, but this time he has a doppelganger. Trixie is off to school, and things are going well enough—until she notices that Sonja is holding her own Knuffle Bunny. Arrgh! The afternoon results in dueling bunnies, which are confiscated by the teacher. Happily, they are returned at the end of the day, but at 2:30 a.m. realization hits: the bunny Trixie is sleeping with is not her own. Despite parental protestations, phone calls are placed, bunnies are exchanged, and the girls, bonded during the trauma, become best friends. This has much of the charm of Knuffle Bunny (2004), a Caldecott Honor Book, but the premise is stretched here: the middle-of-the-night meeting is energetic, but it seems overplayed. As in the previous title, the slice-of-life artwork is smashing. Willem's cartoon-style art, set against crisp black-and-white photos of New York City interiors and exteriors, catches every bit of the plentiful emotion. Keen-eyed kids will have fun keeping track of the Knuffle Bunny as he's lost, then found again. Cooper, Ilene

Note to readers:
•  This is a storyboard book. Have the kids tell you what is happening in each picture as you read along.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you have a favorite stuffed animal you take with you?
•  What is his/her name?
•  What is his/her name?
•  Do you talk to him/her?
•  Do you hold a grownups hand before crossing the street?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you take your stuffed animals/dolls to special places?
•  What makes your stuffed animal/doll special to you? (my mom/dad/grandparent gave it to me; I picked it out myself; I sleep with it and it’s soft….)
•  Do you like to play at recess? What do you play?
•  Do you play games with your family, your friends? What games?
•  Do you share toys with your friends or family? Can you spot the differences in the bunnies?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a bunny.
•  Draw a heart shape for the face; Add two ears at the top of the heart; draw a face inside the heart.
•  Make a Valentine Card for your family member/teacher/friend.
•  Draw and cut out a drawing of your stuffed animal.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!