When Margaret Wise Brown was teaching at the Bank Street School in New York City, she learned that the best children's books developed from children's curiosity and spoke about the world in a style familiar to children. The repetitive, predictable text in The Runaway Bunny builds a child's expectations and encourages following-along and saying the lines with mother bunny and her adventurous baby boy. The detailed drawings by Clement Hurd alternate between black-and-white and color; the black-and-white ink sketches seem to present the little bunny's desires to run away, while the colored images portray the mommy bunny's responses: to catch and comfort her boy, mommy bunny becomes a sheltering tree and a kind gardener. In addition, with no text to tell a story for them, the colored pictures let the children tell their own stories about the problems mommy bunny is having finding and holding onto the little bunny. Little bunny is hidden somewhere in each of the colored drawings, so it is an adventure for the readers to seek him out -- it's as if he is running away from us, too! Far from being too advanced for the smallest children, this board book version of The Runaway Bunny can become a child's friend. My own children nibbled at its corners in the car and slept with it at night.