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The Resource The rabbit problem, Emily Gravett

The rabbit problem, Emily Gravett

Label
The rabbit problem
Title
The rabbit problem
Statement of responsibility
Emily Gravett
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Fibonacci's Field, Lonely and Chalk Rabbit meet, snuggle together, and then spend a year trying to cope with their ever-increasing brood and the seasonal changes that bring a new challenge each month. Presented in calendar format with one pop-up illustration and other special features
Tone
Illustration
Award
USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2011.
Review
  • Gr 1 – 5 — If a pair of rabbits is put together under certain conditions ("NO Rabbits may leave the field"), how many will there be in one year? This puzzle, posed by Fibonacci in the 13th-century, is the premise for Gravett's latest work. The cover depicts a bemused rabbit calculating at a blackboard. The endpapers cast a wider view, with more of the problem shown visually and verbally. Readers follow a rabbit through an underground tunnel (title page) and emerge from a die-cut hole into a field—at the top of a calendar. As always, Gravett's design choices are perfect for enhancing the narrative. Now viewers turn the book lengthwise and watch the effects of the ever-multiplying bunnies in watercolor scenes on the top, while the hand-lettered notes and novelty items glued to the dates below reveal seasonal challenges. In March, while the stressed parents learn infant care, a baby book showcases a tiny ultrasound of the twins. July depicts bored bunnies watching carrots grow. A miniature newspaper (The Fibber ) includes biographical information on the famous mathematician, personals, birth announcements, graphs, and horoscopes. Under an empty, snow-covered field and through the die-cut hole that follows December 31, a peek and a page turn reveal the population explosion leaping, literally, off the page in a sturdy pop-up spread. This hilarious (and accurate) tale can be enjoyed by the numerically challenged and gifted alike.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library --Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed December 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 12, p82)
  • /* Starred Review */ Whimsical ideas proliferate as fast as rabbits in Gravett's splendid sendup of Fibonacci's query: "If a pair of baby rabbits are put into a field, how many pairs will there be: a) At the end of each month? b) After one year?" The book opens like a calendar, complete with a hole to hang on a nail. Twelve spreads record the 12 trying months of the rabbits-in-the-field experiment, the upper page picturing, in muted colors, the beleaguered rabbits, the calendar below full of hastily scribbled notations ("Check babies for fleas") and glued-in documents à la The Jolly Postman. In January ("The Lonely Rabbit Problem"), two rabbits meet; by March ("The Baby!!! Rabbit Problem") they're recording data in a pamphlet called "Bunny's First Month," complete with sonogram; May includes a ration book to deal with a carrot shortage, and by November--well, readers won't be able to see November, because it's plastered over with rabbits. The only drawback to Gravett's delicious creation is that the moving parts and magnificent final pop-up are likely to fall prey to small hands. Solution: purchase a duplicate. Ages 4–8. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 18, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 41, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In Gravett's gifted hands, an old math problem springs to life—and more life and more life! Medieval mathematician Fibonacci's "rabbit problem," in which bunnies breed at a specified rate, provides the structure of this glorious faux–wall calendar that watches a rabbit community from January to December. The title phrase alters monthly to portray current conditions in Fibonacci's Field—for example, rainy April is The Soggy Rabbit Problem. Gorgeous art uses watercolors, oil-based pencil and carrots. The bottom calendar pages feature notations ("check babies for fleas"—"are fleas edible?") and beautiful, bountiful paper layerings, some with complex depicted overlaps, others physically real—a newspaper in July's Bored Rabbit Problem and a cookbook for September's Too Many Carrots Problem have mini-pages that turn. Readers needn't care about the math of Fibonacci Numbers to love the hilarious, jam-packed visual details, many of which are playfully metatextual. In a magnificent pop-up climax, the rabbits gnaw a hole in December's page and explode out of the teeming field. Endless fun to pore over for kids and math-minded or geeky adults. (Picture book. 4-9, Adult)(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
347884
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gravett, Emily
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Elementary Grade
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rabbits
  • Family life
  • Months
  • Seasons
  • Counting
  • Fibonacci numbers
Target audience
primary
Label
The rabbit problem, Emily Gravett
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paper engineering by Ania Mochlinska
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000045580199
Dimensions
29 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781442412552
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010009751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
coloured illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)535493183
Label
The rabbit problem, Emily Gravett
Publication
Note
Paper engineering by Ania Mochlinska
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000045580199
Dimensions
29 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781442412552
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010009751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
coloured illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)535493183

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