In my opinion, this book is best appreciated by children who are about three years of age and older. The text is just long enough to challenge the attention span while still maintaining the interest of three-year-olds. Children enjoy smelling the same things that Little Bunny smells as he learns to explore his environment by "following his nose": a rose in the field, the strawberry jam Mouse's mother is making, pine needles in the forest, a peach in the orchard, a dill pickle made by Mother Raccoon. Children are reassured by the fact that, although Little Bunny is exploring far and wide, he encounters a friend in each setting. Little Bunny's nose eventually leads him back to his own house where his mother has been baking chocolate mint cookies. A special bed-time treat in our house is to read this book and enjoy "four chocolate mint (Girl Scout) cookies" just like Little Bunny.
This book was one of my favorites as a child. My sister and I read it so often that we wore away several of the scratch-and-sniff stickers. Remembering my fondness for this book, I purchased it for my own children. I am pleased to say that this is now one of my children's favorite books, too. I recommend it highly.