How the Bunny Learned to Fly is a toddler’s vocabulary-building storybook about a bunny and a robin. Our cute little protagonist (the bunny) wants to learn how to fly and the wonderful robin is kind enough to share his wings and to teach the bunny to fly. After some time flying, the bunny realizes that his friend the robin is not enjoying having to walk and returns the wings to the robin as a sign of true friendship and understanding.
Sean Maday, an Air Force Officer who lives in Superior, Colorado, wrote this fun little book. You can immediately tell that a great deal of thought went into crafting this story, the illustrations, and the general idea. What do I mean about the general idea? Well, Sean explains it best on his dedication page when he states that he uses “sophisticated vocabulary in this story to peak the curiosity of developing minds and to inspire young readers.” What I love most about this is the intention of Sean to engage your little toddler with new words. He helps your child understand just how deep the English language can be, and leads them into this world of discovery.
One of the other things I love about this book is the message(s) given to the reader. What I gathered in just a few minutes is a clear message of pursuing your goals, as well as being empathetic and caring with our friends and family. These are incredibly wholesome messages that I love being able to share with my little guy, and I’m sure these are things that you (the reader) want to share with your own children. It’s all there in black and white.
Sean has taken the time to create incredibly fun and interesting illustrations, but he hasn’t overdone it. One of the things that I find with a lot of children’s books is that they’re over-drawn. With some of these over-drawn books, each page has an incredible level of color and drawing detail. I find that it can distract children from actually learning to read. In How the Bunny Learned to Fly, Sean makes sure that your toddler will absorb some of the words and characters through simplifying the drawings on the written pages. He then turns around and makes the illustrations incredibly cute and just plain fun to look at. The colors he chooses are all fun and give a very natural feel. The facial expressions on the characters are just as cute as your own children, and I don’t think I’ve loved the look of flowers as much as I love the ones in this book.
Finally, Sean puts in some extras that I think set this book apart from others I’ve read to my child.
- Sean drops in a glossary at the end of the book that explains just about every word that a toddler could ask about.
- There’s also a full sheet of music to give you the ability to play/sing this whole book with your child
- The rhymes are especially effective, as they often help explain words. For example:
In the end, I’m definitely going to recommend this book for toddlers in the age range of 1-6. Paisley Paige Press has published the book with Sean, and I think they’ve found a winner. At the very least, I’m happy to have this one in my collection.
Here are the URLs for where you can purchase this great little book: