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“You were the one who practiced so hard every day,” said Cricket. “I just let you make your own good luck.” –Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny
Bunjitsu Bunny’s Best Moves
Bunjitsu Bunny #2
by John Himmelman
AR Test, Strong Female Character
Isabel the Zen Bunny is back! Isabel is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school. She can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But her strongest weapon is her mind. Isabel has thirteen new adventures with even more fun and wisdom. Isabel learns lessons from a mountain goat, one hundred squirrels, and a lynx.
Much like Aesop Fables, each tale is simple, yet exciting. Every conflict is resolved in a peaceful manner and leaves readers with a moral, such as “never start a fight, learn from those who know more than I do, and keep my body strong and healthy.” The story ends with instructions on how to make a bunny face out of paper.
Each clever story is brief and ranges from 6-10 pages long. The story uses simple vocabulary, contains 1-5 sentences per page, and has simple red-and-black illustrations. The combination of illustrations and short sentences makes Bunjitsu Bunny’s Best Move a good option for those just transitioning to chapter books or to read aloud.
Each story can stand alone, and readers will want to go back to reread their favorites. Bunjitsu Bunny’s Best Moves is a about fierce girl who proves that a person or a bunny doesn’t have to use their muscle to solve a problem.
- Isabel and her brother make their shadows fight. “His shadow kicked its foot in the air. Isabel blocked the kick.” The two do several other play fighting moves.
- A mountain goat will not let Isabel pass on a bridge. The mountain goat tells her, “You can pass if you beat my mighty horns.” Isabel backs up and “got a running start. Isabel and Mountain Goat met head-to-head.” They do this several times before Isabel figures out how to pass the mountain goat without bumping heads.
- A group of squirrels tries to take Isabel’s cookies. “She fought them one, two, three, ten, fifty at a time. They kept coming back.” She finally tricks them into fighting each other. “They were so busy fighting one another, they didn’t see Isabel tiptoe away with the tray.”
- Lynx wants to fight Isabel. “He leapt at Isabel. The two fought until she held him to the ground.” This happens several times until Isabel lets the Lynx win, so he will leave her alone.
- At bunjitsu school, the classmates practice moves and practice attacking each other. The different moves are illustrated.
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