Thursday, May 15, 2008

Knuffle Bunny

Allow me to introduce you to Knuffle Bunny. Now, I don't want you to be like me and pronounce it incorrectly. Technically, it's pronounced "Kuh-nuffle" rather than "Nuffle" Bunny. Unfortunately, we didn't know this and started calling it "Nuffle" and then we watched it on DVD where it is pronounced "Kuh-nuffle". But, I think it's too late for us and we'll probably keep pronouncing it wrong, but there is hope for you! So, with that little lesson out of the way, let me introduce you to Knuffle Bunny.

Knuffle Bunny is a treasured stuffed animal that belongs to a little girl named Trixie in the children's books by Mo Willems. Brett bought Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, as well as its sequel Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity for Ella's birthday this year. We read these stories at least a few times a week...sometimes a few times a day. Honestly, I don't get tired of reading them. Perhaps it is because of the beautiful combination of black/white photographs and color illustrations. Perhaps it is because the story is something that parents can relate to. (Ever had a kid throw a fit and go "boneless"? Uh yes, we've experienced that.) Perhaps it is the fact that the Daddy reminds me of Brett and the little girl reminds me of Ella (in Knuffle Bunny Too when Trixie actually has hair). Whatever it is, I love these books and Ella does too. In fact, just tonight I read Knuffle Bunny Too to Ella. After I left the room, it was Daddy's turn for the bedtime ritual with Ella. She surprised him by telling him both Knuffle Bunny stories nearly word for word! I love it!

If you've got little kids, I highly recommend these books. They are very well done and are even both Caldecott Honor Award winners (2005 & 2008). I think they will be treasured in our household for many years to come.

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