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--FIVE OWLS, March/April 1991
Hurray! At long last primary school educators and lovers of children's literature have an accurate American Indian book written for primary children. The author and illustrator have made Ten Little Rabbits into ten little Indian characters, and this book is a valuable replacement for the old, stereotypical ten little Indians rhyme. The rabbits are not playing Indian but are Indian people with the gentleness, affection, and skills of the ancient ones. In many authentic American Indian stories, animals are able to humanize and are interchangeable with people. Often the main chararcter takes rabbit characteristics while remaining truly Indian and having human-style experiences.
--BOOKLIST, April 1991
Grossman interprets the cultures of various American Indian tribes through a counting book in which the characters are rabbits dressed as Indians. Though this may sound a bit precious, it's not: the gravity of the characters' demeanor precludes any silliness here. Earth tones predominate in ink-and-watercolor artwork that stretches across wide, double-page spreads. The illustrations are interpreted in brief rhymed couplets (one line per spread): "One lonely traveler riding on the plain./ Two graceful dancers asking for some rain." A key to the pictures, found at the end of the book, explains how each relates to the customs or artifacts of a particular tribe. Bits about the tribes may be helpful, but the information given is minimal. Preschool and kindergarten teachers looking for picture books that cut across the curriculum will find this a good way to combine a unit on native Americans with counting practice.
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Best Books of 1991, November 1991
With striking earth tones, this ingenious counting book blends reality and fantasy in its portrayal of a group of Native Americans--bunnies all--engaged in characteristic activities.
--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, June 1991
Not a book about numbers, but a quiet, respectful survey of some Native American customs organized through the structure of a counting rhyme, populated by rabbits dressed in traditional garb, from "one lonely traveler riding on the plain" to "ten sleepy weavers knowing day is done." Notes at the back identify each tribe represented (Plains, Pueblo, Great Lakes, Northwestern, and Southwestern peoples), and provide information about the pictures. The rabbits have an earnest charm reminiscent of Marjorie Flack's industrious family
Informative pictures invite group sharing, while the gentle mood suits bedtime. School Library Journal