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A Starlit Somersault Downhill

Willard, Nancy

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ISBN 10: 0316941131 / ISBN 13: 9780316941136
Published by Little Brown & Co, 1993
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0316941131 Signed by Jerry Pinkney on title page. Dust jacket shows some very light edgewear, is otherwise clean and shiny. Decorative boards underneath are clean and bright. Spine is solid and firm. Interior text block is straight and firm, and free of markings. First Edition. Illustrator: Pinkney, Jerry. Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 4to - over 9 3/4 in - 12 in Tall. Year: 1993. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-071158

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Title: A Starlit Somersault Downhill

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publication Date: 1993


Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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After a bear and a rabbit set up winter housekeeping together, the unlikely couple discovers that they are incompatible--the bear wants to spend the winter in hibernation, while the lively rabbit enjoys a fun-filled romp in the snow.

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As autumnal leaves fall from the trees a frolicsome rabbit receives a warning about the hardships of winter: " 'It is not wise,' the brown bear said, / 'to ask of snow your daily bread.' " He invites the rabbit to join him in sleep "till the hills go green and rivers run." After a devastating first frost, the rabbit accepts the bruin's hospitality. But as his hulking friend succumbs to a profound slumber, he tosses and turns until he reaches his own conclusions: " 'It is not wise for us, dear bear, / when snow combs silver from her hair-- / and stars are shears and hills are sheep, / it will not do to fall asleep.' " Willard's ( Pish Posh, Said Hieronymous Bosch ; A Visit to William Blake's Inn ) typically sophisticated language gains meaning through repeated readings, and her sonorous rhyming couplets impart liveliness to nature's sleeping season. Lavishly detailed, full-spread watercolors afford views of untidy woods and tousled fur--they bristle with energy even as they suggest the restlessness youngsters may experience in the deep of night, wide awake and alone. Capping Pinkney's sumptuous display is a foldout on the final spread, where the rabbit, presented on a grand scale, leaps climactically and gloriously. Ages 4-8.
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