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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Cuddly read-aloud perfect for bedtime.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

A cat learns to get along with a pet bunny.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this award-winner from 1943 deserves its classic status.

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Parent of a 9-year-old Written byTora Gwen May 11, 2010

Adorable, definitely a keeper!

Addison loves this! I bought her this several years ago, and she usually insists I read this to her at bedtime at least once or twice a month. It's a very... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 8-year-old Written bypeony April 9, 2008

authentic cat and bunny behaviors light up lovely illustrations and story

Super sweet but not saccharine due to how grounded the story and illustrations are in believable, true-to-life cat and bunny behaviors -- feels like the author... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Baby bunny Marshmallow arrives at his new home causing minor -- and resolvable -- disruption for Miss Tilly and cat Oliver.

Is it any good?

There's a reason that this book has lasted so long in print; from the stellar illustrations to the somewhat long-winded but sweet story, it's a picture book that resonates with kids. Miss Tilly brings fluffy bunny Marshmallow home to live with her tabby cat Oliver. The book charts the small family's adjustment to one another with lots of homey details and enough subtle insight to weather repeated readings.

With themes small kids can really understand -- missing mommy, making friends, feeling scared of new situations -- and a perfectly happy ending, MARSHMALLOW is the perfect bedtime read-aloud, especially with the cuddly pictures. The only downside is that the book is long. Some kids won't have the patience to sit through the whole story, but even then parents can use the pictures to pick and choose what to share in the text. Again, try the book at night when kids are winding down and might be willing to listen to a longer story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about everyone's adjustment to a new situation. How does Marshmallow the bunny adjust to his new home? What about Oliver who's used to living alone? And what about Miss Tilly? How do her poems reflect the changes in her feelings about having a pet bunny?

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