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Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny
by John Himmelman


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Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to.
This series of brief stories about Isabel's adventures are a beguiling combination of child-friendly scenarios and Eastern wisdom perfect for the youngest readers.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to.
This series of brief stories about Isabel's adventures are a beguiling combination of child-friendly scenarios and Eastern wisdom perfect for the youngest readers.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805099706
  • ISBN-10: 0805099700
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 128
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-8

Series: Bunjitsu Bunny

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Rabbits
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Sports & Recreation - Martial Arts

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Himmelman (Duck to the Rescue) draws on his own experience as a martial arts instructor in 12 brief tales about a rabbit named Isabel, “the best bunjitsu artist in her school.” Nearly every story concludes with a quiet lesson, and while Isabel certainly has opportunities to show off her skills, many vignettes underscore that “bunjitsu is not just about kicking, hitting, and throwing,” as Isabel explains. “It is about finding ways NOT to kick, hit, and throw.” Thus, when Isabel is challenged to a fight by the large, menacing Jackrabbit, her avoidance of the fight displays not cowardice but smarts. “So you lost on purpose?” asks Isabel’s friend Max. “No, I did not lose,” she replies. “He did not hit me.” And when Isabel attempts to become “a true bunjitsu artist” by defeating an angry wave, she realizes that gently riding the wave into shore can be more powerful than even a “spinning bunjitsu tornado fist.” Spare ink illustrations appear on every page, skillfully balancing humor, bunjitsu action, and understated grace. Like Isabel herself, this one’s a winner in unexpected ways. Ages 6–8. (Oct.)

 
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