Apparently, The I Believe Bunny by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Frank Endersby is the first in The I Believe Bunny Series. I can only conclude that because of the matching titles. There’s no “#1” written anywhere or list of additional books. (This sort of thing annoys me.)
Bunny is annoyed by a rainy day. A small mouse had fallen in the river and didn’t know how to swim. The Bunny rushes to help, although worried the he won’t be able to reach, prays to God for help. No sooner does he pray than his friends come running to help also; saving the desperate mouse from watery doom.
This story is written in relatively simple rhyming and rhythmic poetry that make it fun for parents to read and children to listen. Most of the book handles this very well, with just a couple of instances where the lines/verses seem forced and don’t really propel the story. When faced with a problem, I appreciated that Bunny didn’t just throw up his hands and pray, but also took action however he could. The illustrations seem adequate and support the story well. However, I’m not sure the pictures are interesting enough to hold a young child’s attention without a reader. I’d think this book would be appropriate for little one ages 1-5.