The Rabbit: Animal Lives

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Sally Snyder, Common Sense Media
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Nonfiction look at our cotton-tailed friends.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will be intrigued by the details of rabbit life, conveyed in rich, descriptive text with realistic illustrations. The concept of reproduction is handled in a sensitive manner by giving the fundamentals with a minimum of detail and by using subtle illustrations.

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What's the story?

Out at dusk to eat in the field, watching for foxes and other predators, racing to the warren if there is danger -- this is the life of a rabbit. Children will be attracted to the cuddly looking rabbits in this beautifully illustrated and well-written description of rabbit life.

Is it any good?

Descriptions and explanations are given in simple terms here, and the concept of reproduction is handled in an appropirately sensitive manner. It gives the fundamentals with a minimum of detail and by using subtle illustrations (the two rabbits appear to be kissing).

The realistic illustrations have a soft touch, making the rabbits appear gentle and cuddly. The field that is their home is peaceful, green, and inviting. Children will be intrigued by the cutaway view of the inside of a rabbit warren.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rabbits as wild animals instead of cuddly toys or pets. How do thick fur and large litters help them survive? What else helps them live in the wild?

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