Tuesday 22 March 2022

Rabbit’s Pancake Picnic

Rabbit’s Pancake Picnic by Tegen Evans, illustrated by Paula Bowles (Nosy Crow) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781839941108

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Rabbit is excited that the day of the pancake picnic has finally arrived. She is especially keen to make the pancakes ‘all by herself’! Rabbit arrives at the forest clearing with her basket full of ingredients, but unfortunately her recipe book has gone missing. She goes ahead with preparing the mixture anyway, trying to recall the recipe from memory. When it all starts to go wrong, stubbornly independent Rabbit refuses help from her forest friends and the pancake mixture ends up ruined. Rabbit runs away in tears and it seems that the pancake picnic may be over before it has started.

Rabbit’s Pancake Picnic is a gorgeous picture book recommended for an audience 3-5 years of age. The narrative’s themes include independence, teamwork and friendship, with some numeracy thrown in for good measure. The bright cartoon illustrations depict a cast of friendly forest animals, which would appeal to the young audience. A design highlight that the kids will surely love is the double-page spread that, when turned on its side (portrait view instead of landscape), reveals Rabbit’s pancake flipping fun. The book ends with an enticing pancake recipe that children can make with a grown-up at home.

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