A delightful picture book about a little rabbit who lives in an apartment within a larger house and is planning a birthday party. There is a cross section of the house and you can see what everyone else is doing that day. Hedgehog waits for his dad to come home from a trip. The Mouse triplets cause chaos (naturally). The Cat family is moving in. Bear is sick. Owl is trying to sleep, because it is daytime afterall! There are so many fun things to talk about on each page. And little hidden gems. Much to discover on each page and talk about with curious little people.
There's no neighborhood like a Marianne Dubuc neighborhood --- this time in an apartment building!It's a special day at 3 Maple Street. It's Little Rabbit's birthday! His mother makes him his favorite breakfast. His sister has drawn him a picture. And, best of all, he's having a birthday party! His friends are invited, his father is decorating, and his mother is baking a cake. But that's not the only thing going on at 3 Maple Street today. The Cat family is moving in upstairs ... the Fox family is having a new baby ... Mr. Owl is trying to sleep ... there's so much happening inside (and outside) this lively building, it's hard to keep track!This multilayered picture book from international award-winning Marianne Dubuc allows readers to peer into the homes of all the charming animal families in the building on every spread. Though there is one main story, captured in the text, there are multitudes of other stories-within-the-story, told in visual narratives. Dubuc's winsome one-of-a-kind illustrations include heaps of clever details for children to pore over, promising something new to discover with every look and encouraging visual literacy in readers and prereaders. There are terrific social studies connections here on the concepts of community, inclusiveness and belonging.
About the Author
Marianne Dubuc is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Bus Ride, Lucy and Company and Mr. Postmouse's Rounds. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages around the world. Marianne lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Dubuc's delightful domestic dramas will entertain children and adults alike.—Kirkus Reviews
This book will prompt contented rereads and conversations about neighbors, sharing, and community.—Publishers Weekly, starred review
... a sweet story about friendship and inclusion that can only add another interactive level to story time.—CM Magazine
The reward is in entering the book again and again.—School Library Journal, starred review
... this Richard Scarry-esque book, with its expressive and appealingly drawn animal characters, begs to be read multiple times.—Horn Book, starred review