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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Don’t Call Me Bunny! is packed with facts about arctic hares, their various habitats, their young – called leverets like any other hare – the way their bodies are adapted to deal with temperatures that stay below freezing for months of every year, their natural life span, and their predators. Foxes and ermines prey on the leverets, but adult arctic hares fear the arctic wolf and, sadly, human hunters who value their fur. Joan Diehl allows Harper to expand on the location of the habitats of arctic hares, which leads on to fascinating facts about tundra and many other animals that live high in mountainous areas. Designed by L. Redding and beautifully illustrated by Alex Ray, this is a book that will entertain and educate readers of any age.
Bunny – sorry, Harper – is an enthusiastic lecturer who effortlessly hooks his reader’s attention with an engaging sense of humour. Arctic hares are on the IUCN (the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species) Least Concern list. Harper, the arctic hare, taller and more like a miniature kangaroo than a pet rabbit – they are also called polar rabbits – explains which areas of the world support tundra like the ground under his snow, the mountain goats, sheep, and elk who live on it, and plants that survive extreme cold. He also talks about the intrepid penguins and seals who, he has heard tell, inhabit Earth’s harshest area: the Antarctic. I found Don’t Call Me Bunny! by Joan Diehl so irresistible that I read it three times in as many days.