A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Mouse shows understanding toward his friend rabbit, no matter what happens.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book promotes healthy, loving messages about friendship, sharing, problem solving, and making things right after you mess up.
Is It Any Good?
With its strong artistic lines, simple text, and uplifting message, the Caldecott Medal-winner MY FRIEND RABBIT should be a part of every young child's library. Readers will be drawn in by bold, graphic illustrations set within a black-lined frame, but they will stay because of the message. The tale is simple yet poignant, and kids and adults alike will relate.
The primary themes are how to play with the big kids, how to share a treasured toy, how to solve problems for yourself, and whether people will still be your friends when you mess up. All of this is addressed in the simple, supportive friendship of Rabbit and Mouse. Their relationship and Rabbit's shenanigans bring to mind other mischievous but well-meaning characters such as Curious George, the Cat in the Hat and, of course, the Froggy from the series by Jonathan London.
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