Written in four-line rhymes, The I Believe Bunny by Trish Rabe is a children's picture book targeted at 3- to 7-year-olds. This is the first book in an entire series of I Believe Bunny books, each taking a verse from the Bible and developing a fantasy animal story around it. In this case the verse is Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
The storyline tells of a time when continuous rainstorms and cause the local river to swell and become dangerous. A little field mouse falls into the water and will drown unless rescued quickly. The bunny extends a stick, which the mouse grabs, but the bunny is not strong enough to pull the mouse to shore. After praying to God for adequate strength, a skunk, squirrel, and raccoon suddenly show up and help the bunny save the mouse. The story ends by saying that all creatures, even something as tiny as a little bunny, can do great things with God's help.
The poetic quatrains are a bit rickety at times, but the drawings by Frank Endersby are colorful and appealing to youngsters, and the story's moral is valid. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Children will identify with Bunny and learn along with him that God is always there to help. Prayer works! Little Mouse is in trouble and Bunny is the only one nearby to help her. But, Bunny is too small. He has to set aside his own fear and trust in God. By putting his faith into action, Bunny is able to help Little Mouse and save the day.
Not only does this precious book teach the importance of calling on God for our every need, it helps children remember to be thankful for God's work in their lives.