cover image Smudge Bunny

Smudge Bunny

Bernie S. Siegel. H.J. Kramer, $15.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-1-932073-03-4

The author of Love, Medicine, & Miracles, Dr. Bernie Siegel has penned his first children's book, Smudge Bunny, illus. by Laura J. Bryant. Two bunnies, taken from their family to be sold at a pet store, suffer at the hands of unwittingly abusive owners and are briefly separated before being reunited by more loving adopters. The text-heavy tale brims with Momma Bunny's words of advice (""Something good will come of this,"" she tells her bunnies as they are being taken from their home), as well as plenty of information about the right and wrong ways to care for pets: ""One little boy reached into the cage and picked Smudge up by the ears, making her cry."" A list of further tips is included in the back. (Apr.)