When I saw this book in the library earlier in the week, I just had to get it – not only is it about spring, but it also sums up Rosalie rather nicely.
Hot Cross Bunny, is about a little rabbit called Daisy who has been given a hat knitted by her granny, and it is her absolute favourite hat. Sound like a little someone else we know?
As winter draws to a close and the first signs of spring appear, mummy remarks to daisy that she won’t need her woolly hat anymore, it will be far too warm. But Daisy is horrified, she loves her hat and has no intention of letting this thing called ‘spring’ force her to take it off.
It’s not long before more and more signs of spring appear – flowers and birds – and this makes Daisy very cross. “I don’t want spring” she says, “I’m wearing my hat forever!”
Luckily, it’s granny to the rescue. She takes them all out for a picnic at which Daisy becomes a very hot cross bunny. But granny, being the wise old rabbit that she is, has a wonderful way to get Daisy to take off her winter hat.
I won’t spoil the ending, you’ll just have to get the book yourself to find out what that clever granny bunny does!
I adore everything about this book – the illustrations are beautiful; Daisy’s hat is touchy-feely throughout; the story brilliantly captures how attached small people get to things and how determined they can be; and the volume of text on each page is just right to keep Rosalie interested but not have her grabbing to turn the page too soon.
Any day now I think Rosalie may decide it’s a little too warm for her winter hat, but nope, she even wanted to eat breakfast in it this morning! I may just have to employ granny’s trick…