Review & Giveaway: Cleo Can Tie a Bow by Sybrina Durant

A Rabbit and Fox Story
Sybrina Durant
Category: Children’s Activity Book / Picture Book
Date of Publication: September 25, 2020
Number of Pages: 39 pages
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Cleo loves bows. She wears her hair in a bow and decorates her room with bows. Cleo is bow crazy. Learning to tie a bow is very difficult for some people but Cleo remembers how to do it from a cute story she once heard. It is about a little rabbit with very long ears and a very helpful fox who shows her what to do to keep them clean. This is the story of how Cleo learns to tie a “bunny ear” bow. Exercises in manual dexterity build self-esteem in children. Knowing how to tie shoestrings, scarves and more into a bow is a useful and rewarding skill. Teach a child a useful skill. Build confidence and self-esteem that lasts a lifetime. Other books in the Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox series are the book with that name in English, Spanish, and Tagalog plus Nellie Knows How To Knot A Neck Scarf and Ned Knows How To Knot A Necktie.
I have enjoyed reading children’s literature long before I became a mother, but I am especially excited when I find a book that I can share with my elementary school-aged child. At 8 years old, he might be a little outside the intended audience for this story, but he gave me his full attention nonetheless. Also, since he hasn’t worn shoes with laces for almost a year now, he’s completely forgotten how to tie a bow, so this book couldn’t have come at a better time.
The illustrations are soothing to look at and the style is quite unique. The color palette is lovely and the drawings are so cute that my little boy paid close attention to the story. He even surprised me by pointing out some things that ended up being mentioned a page or two later! Given the amount of pink and bows splashed across the pages, I was amazed that he never scoffed at me and said something like, “This book is for girls!” Instead, he would make observations like, “Oh look, she has bows there too,” or “Butterflies kinda look like bows, huh?” Like me, I think he enjoyed the conversational tone that Durant writes with, instead of the wooden style that many children’s authors use when limiting their vocabulary choice.
Our story time was enjoyable until the kiddo couldn’t master tying a bow using the book’s instructions. To be fair, his method of choice is a modified bunny ears method that we learned on YouTube. Speaking of bunny ears, I think that using the rabbit and the fox method (also known as the loop, swoop, and pull method) was an odd choice when the bunny ears method is a quite popular (and arguably easier method) with this age group. I also thought it was a little confusing that if the fox never intended to harm the rabbit, why did he aggressively track him for three pages and then lick his lips right before speaking to him?
Overall, we both found the book very enjoyable to read and it will take a prime spot on our children’s bookshelf at home. This is a great book for that preschool- or kindergarten-aged child in your life.

Sybrina Durant is the author of some fanciful and some factual books. Her writings have inspired several online entrepreneurial ventures. Two of those are the Rabbit and Fox Bookstore and the Girls Love Bows Gift Shop. Spend some time browsing both for some interesting and surprising gift ideas for yourself and others.

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2 responses to “Review & Giveaway: Cleo Can Tie a Bow by Sybrina Durant

  1. Thank your for your thoughtful review and for hosting Cleo Can Tie A Bow on your blog. I appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Yet one more thing I hadn’t thought about with the pandemic — young kids haven’t been tying shoes long enough for it to be ingrained. Great review & perspective that your boy still found things to love in a girly book.

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