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Author: Olson, Jennifer Gray
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Year Published: June 9 2015
ISBN: 978-0385754934
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten

Ninja Bunny

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Ninja Bunny is reading a book on how to be a SUPER AWESOME NINJA! As he reads through the rules (#1 of which is that a ninja must always work alone), he attempts to follow through. While he manages to leave all his friends behind, the other rules don’t go quite so well. In his attempt to be super sneaky, rule #2, he steps on a rake. Invisibility (rule #4) is achieved…if you ignore the bunny ears sticking out of the bush. As Ninja Bunny gets to Rule #10 ( A super awesome ninja must battle anyone, anywhere, anytime), he is confronted by an enormous angry bear. Staring up at the bear, Ninja Bunny thinks “Uh-Oh”, until he turns around to see all of his friends standing behind him, leading to a rethinking of Rule #1. This humorous tale of one bunny’s journey is complemented by Olson’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations.  Her use of white space and spare drawings highlights Ninja Bunny’s struggles to embody each rule. A good book to use when building classroom community and to talk about the power of working together

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