Book Review | Cleo Can Tie A Bow by Sybrina Durant

Cleo Can Tie A Bow: A Rabbit and Fox Story front cover
Front cover
Cleo can tie a bow back cover
Back cover

Book Details

Genre: Children’s Picture Books

Publication date: September 23, 2020

Publisher: Sybrina Publishing

Goodreads –


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 shoe-strings, 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 Neck Tie.”

My Thoughts

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The idea behind Cleo Can Tie A Bow is to teach young children life skills like tying their shoelaces or hair bows.

In that respect, this is a good book with clear step-by-step instructions that parents can use to help their child learn the skill. The illustrations are simply beautiful and span the full page.

Placement of the text is perfect for reading to the child while showing him/her the pictures and the font size is big and clear for children who can read.

However, I have a few reservations about the story.

Firstly, a fox demonstrates bow tying by tying the rabbit’s long ears–which, I think, is something young children may attempt to replicate. Even though the author provides a warning telling readers not to attempt it on a real rabbit because it’s cruel, I think some curious children may still try it because they saw it in the book.

Secondly, I wish Cleo’s clothes and bedroom were not in shades of pink. The association of pink with girls is deep set in our society, so much so that even preschool children tease boys who wear pink clothes or carry pink objects. I feel the book reinforces this stereotype. The fox and the rabbit are female, which, again seems to indicate that bows and pink are things to do with girls.

Perhaps the story could be executed differently.

(I received an ARC from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.)

Purchase Links

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Other Opinions

I found some reviews of the book–take a look:

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