This touching, evocative story of a young girl's special relationship with gentle nighttime creatures will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.Young Elizabeth treasures the rabbits who dance on
A young girl arrives at a creative solution for peaceful coexistence with the creatures that enchant her but frustrate her father.
This touching, evocative story of a young girl's special relationship with gentle nighttime creatures will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.
Young Elizabeth treasures the rabbits who dance on the lawn in front of her family's summer cabin. On hot, sleepless nights, she goes out to the hammock on the porch and watches a magical nocturnal scene: gentle rabbits frolicking in the grass to a chorus of night sounds.
But the rabbits are eating the grass that her father has cared for all summer, and Elizabeth must come up with a solution that both protects the rabbits and helps her father care for the lawn. Illustrator Michael Montgomery's stunning paintings beautifully reflect the elegant magic and mystery of Posey's story.
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"Just as adults need engaging summer reading, children should have some as well. Night Rabbits tells its simple story with just a hint of suspense to keep the pages turning.... [Posey] tells the tale with a hint of laid-back regionalism in her refreshingly unhurried storytelling-as well as with a sensitive feel for nature.... Montgomery's detailed, dynamic paintings nicely complement the text, and capture the sense of place so well you'd swear you could hear the crickets chirping yourself." --The New York Times Book Review
"There's a twist to this gentle tale: A child teaches her parent about the wonders of nature." --Sesame Street Parents
"Posey sets a contemplative mood.... [her] languid pace feels like an expression of her tranquil setting, and she depicts both the bond between father and daughter and Elizabeth's resourceful solution realistically. She also displays a knack for description.... Montgomery's expansive paintings favor the subdued but auspicious lighting of early summer evenings, when time feels distended.... he sustains the story's unhurried, summertime mood." --Publishers Weekly
"Elizabeth discovers that conflicts with parents can often be resolved more easily than one might think.... This [is a] gentle problem-solving story...." --School Library Journal
"...understated, lyrical text...handsome realistic paintings...a story of loving connection between child, parent, and the natural world." --Booklist
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# Leveling Information
# Accelerated Reader
# AR Quiz#: 50088
# AR Reading Level: 3.3
# AR Points: 0.5
# F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
# F&P Level: M
# F&P Grade: 2-3
# Reading Counts
# Reading Counts Level: 3.3
# Reading Counts Points: 1
# Additional Info
# Color Info: Full color throughout
# Picture Books
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LEE POSEY works as an education policy consultant. She is a graduate of Davidson College and Georgia State University. This is her first book for children. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband.
MICHAEL MONTGOMERY has illustrated several children's books, including Night Rabbits and The Amazing Mr. Franklin Or the Boy Who Read Everything. With his father Wayne Montgomery, he wrote and illustrated Over the Candlestick: Classic Nursery Rhymes and the Real Stories Behind Them. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia. Montgomery lives in Dacula, Georgia, with his wife and their two children.< br>