Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 9781481432726, 40pp.
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Other Editions of This Title:
Board book (2/5/2019)
A quiet spring day holds a grand adventure when a mother rabbit leads her three bunnies out to explore. Their world seems playful at first, but it can suddenly turn dangerous. The natural world holds unpredictable adventures for them at every turn.
Filled with stunning illustrations and only one word on each spread, Jorey Hurley’s vibrant picture book opens our eyes to the wonders of nature that are in plain sight if we just take the time to look.
About the Author
Jorey Hurley studied art history at Princeton, received her law degree at Stanford, and studied design at FIT. She worked as a textile designer for Hable Construction in New York City and is now based in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and their two small children. Nest, her debut, was called “stunning” in a starred review from School Library Journal. Fetch, her second book, was called a “delight” by Publishers Weekly in a starred review. She is also the author of Every Color Soup and Skyscraper. Visit her at JoreyHurley.com.
Praise For Hop…
— Kirkus Reviews
PreS–A mother rabbit leads her young out of a tree hollowto snack and play in a meadow. They avoid predators, hide in a borrowed burrowto wait out the rain, and head back out to graze. All is conveyed simplythrough single-word spreads. Flat, graphic-style illustrations are doneprimarily in greens and browns with splashes of spring colors in the flowers.The art is either full bleed or minimal, employing plenty of white space. Anauthor’s note offers background information about the cottontail. VERDICTA good choice for asking leading questions and initiating discussions aboutanimal behavior.–Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library,Cartersville, GA
— School Library Journal
Inthis companion to Nest and Fetch, Hurley uses a string of verbs,one per spread, to highlight the actions of a family of cottontail rabbits overthe course of one day. Once again, the ultra-limited text lets Hurley’s crispdigital illustrations do the talking—a morning of playing in (and nibbling on)the grass turns frightening as a hawk appears overhead (“freeze”), quicklyfollowed by a fox (“warn” “run”). The rabbits escape to an underground burrow(“hide”), returning to their tree hollow home safe and sound after waiting outa rainstorm. An author’s note offers enlightening details about the habits ofcottontails.
— Publisher's Weekly
Hurley’s quiet picture book about a day in the life of a cottontail rabbit family will be sure to delight preschoolers. A perfect companion to the author’s Fetch (2015), this story sheds light on the author’s fascination with animals in their element, going about their day, which is carried out in the appealing, eyecatching illustrations in soft, natural tones. Since only one word is used to emphasize the action in each spread, visual literacy is very much in the foreground, and these light images underscore the animals’ peacefulness. This explores cottontail rabbits—an animal many readers might see hopping in their yards or neighborhoods, if they look carefully—in their natural habitat. The story begins as early as the inner title pages, featuring close-up paintings of the lush, pale green grass to establish setting. On the following page and prior to text, a mother bunny is nicely contrasted against the crisp, white page, greeting readers before she leads her kin to play in the grass, protect themselves, and snuggle! A wonderful “winding-down” book for bedtime. — Annie Miller