Here is Joshua with his class, holding a bunny and a sign.
We went through all his favorite books and characters, but (with only one day's notice) most of the costumes were too hard or he just didn't like my brilliant dress-up ideas. Finally he chose a book that he wanted to take; there weren't many costume options, but who can say no when your kid is that excited about a book?
For the last few weeks he has been obsessed with a new book we checked out at the library (thanks Emily for the recommendation): That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown.
This is the story of an imaginative little girl who takes her bunny, Stanley, on amazing adventures (to the Milky Way, climbing in the Amazon Rain Forest, deep sea diving) all within reach of the kitchen or garden door. During these adventures, there is always a knock (Rat-a-tat-tat) at the door, and who should it be but someone (the army, navy, air force, etc) sent by the queen requesting that Emily give her "bunnywunny ". Emily politely, but firmly, responds, "This bunny is not for sale. And his name is not bunnywunny. Its Stanley."
Well, we didn't really want Joshua dressing up like Emily Brown, in her cute patterned dress. Instead, he wore his own clothes and took Abigail's stuffed bunny to school (after convincing her that it was going to come home again). I also made a little sign to put on the bunny (but Joshua wanted to wear it instead) that repeated Emily Brown's statement, "This bunny is not for sale. And his name is not bunnywunny. Its Stanley."
Joshua was quite satisfied with this costume' and enjoyed sharing his book in class with his new friends. And Abigail's bunny, which never had a name before, has now been officially named Stanley.