I must be honest. I’m not a big fan of the Knuffle Bunny books. I much prefer Willems’ pigeon books. Yet, students seem to love these books. This latest installment in the Knuffle Bunny story is great book about growing up. Knuffle Bunny and Trixie take an international plane trip to visit Trixie’s Oma and Opa. Unfortunately, Trixie accidentally leaves her toy bunny on the plane. By the time she realizes it’s missing the bunny is on its way to China. The grownups tell her to be brave. After all she’s a big girl now and doesn’t really need Knuffle Bunny. Trixie manages to make it through the visit with him and is pleased to find him waiting in the seat pocket on the plane. But the story doesn’t end there. Realizing that she is indeed a big girl, Trixie gives Knuffle Bunny to a crying baby and now she is Knuffle Bunny free. The story ends with a note to Trixie from her dad telling her that he hopes some day the toy bunny will make it’s way back to Trixie.
The illustrations are mixture of photographs and Willems’ quirky cartoons. Fans of the first two books will enjoy this one as well. It’s a great present for children who are making the big kid transition.
Recommended for Pre-school to 1st Grade.
Mrs. Archer’s rating 4 of 5.