By Ulf Nilsson; Illustrated by Eva Eriksson; Translated by Susan Beard
One morning Little Sister Rabbit hops out of her burrow to play. She's having fun rolling about and picking flowers but something is not quite right. What is that odd smell? Is that the sound of a rumbling tummy? Could those be red eyes watching her?
It's a hungry fox cub! Little Sister Rabbit is too scared to move. Rabbits aren't meant to be brave.
Luckily, just before the fox eats her for his dinner, she realises just what to do. What are rabbits best at? Running foxes ragged!
From the award-winning Swedish children's author, Ulf Nilsson, and one of Europe's best-loved illustrators, Eva Eriksson, comes this charmingly illustrated tale of bravery and trusting your instincts.
These classic Little Sister Rabbit stories are much-loved bestsellers in Sweden and can now be enjoyed by new generations in English. They are beautiful, hardback gift editions with a cloth spine.
Recommended for 3 - 6 years.
Hardcover, 32 pages with colour illustrations. 216 x 235 mm.
Floris Books, 2017.
'Ably translated into English from Swedish children's author, Ulf Nilsson, and beautifully enhanced by one of Europe's best-loved illustrators, Eva Eriksson, "Little Sister Rabbit And The Fox" is an utterly charmingly illustrated tale of bravery and trusting one's instincts. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 3 to 6. Also highly recommended for this same age group is Ulf Nilsson and Eva Eriksson's "Little Sister Rabbit Gets Lost".'
-- Midwest Book Review, March 2017
'The lovely illustrations show the desperation of her pursuer who does end up getting a meal from a surprising source and the concern of her family once she arrives home, slightly injured and a little wiser. Readers will hope she will be a little more cautious or pay attention to her instincts next time'
'The tone of the text is perfectly pitched for little ones. [...] Though Little Sister Rabbit and the Fox is not explicitly about ‘stranger danger’, I felt the book offers children gentle, age-appropriate wisdom about how to keep yourself safe. Without needing to go into real-life dangers, which would be too much for children, the story clearly teaches the importance of trusting your own instincts, and acting on them. As a parent, I value the wisdom the book offers. Children need not be aware of this parental perspective. They will simply enjoy this book as a warm-hearted story of courage and adventure.'
'Little Sister Rabbit Gets Lost and Little Sister Rabbit and the Fox really appealed to my grandchild's sense of humour. We both giggled at the wonderful illustrations and thoroughly enjoyed the stories.'
'With just enough tension to keep listeners engaged, this picture book has a full story arc, and who can't appreciate a happy ending for all?'
-- School Library Journal
'The books are short, with gentle illustrations that include interesting details. [...] The books might be good with a 'stranger danger' type unit.'
-- School Library Connection
About the Author
Ulf Nilsson is a multi-award-winning Swedish author who has written more than 100 children's and picture books.
Eva Eriksson was born in Halmstad in 1949 and is a graduate of Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. She is one of Europe's best-loved children's illustrators, and has worked with Ulf Nilsson, Margaret Strömstedt, Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Bexell, among others. She is especially well-known in Sweden for illustrating Barbo Lindgren's successful Max series. Eva Eriksson's work has been recognised with many awards, and in 2001 she was the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Prize. She lives and works in Dwell, near Stockholm.