A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Little children will learn simple facts about nature, such as the fact that "crocus" is a kind of flower, that trout live in streams, and birds live in trees.
By telling her little bunny that she will find him wherever he runs, the mother bunny assures her son that a mother's love follows wherever you go. Not meant in the stifling sense, her replies to the son's statements speak to the concept of unconditional love. Whether in times of trouble, confusion, happiness, or sadness, the mother bunny essentially promises to love him through it all.
Positive Role Models
The mother bunny models nurturing love and devotion. However, some parents may feel that by telling her son she will follow wherever he runs, the mother bunny squelches her little boy's dreams.
Violence & Scariness
The little bunny's thoughts of running away may be quite upsetting for some readers. Some illustrations portray the little bunny in bold and rebellious situations, such as climbing a mountain, swimming in a stream, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown's classic The Runaway Bunny is a rhythmic, sweet exchange between a mother bunny and her little bunny. The little bunny, who wants to run away, imagines taking other forms, such as a fish in a trout stream, a crocus in a hidden garden, a rock on a mountaintop. His mother assures him that wherever he goes, she will find a way to be with him: as a fisherman, a gardener, a rockclimber. Clement Hurd's soft, charming illustrations -- some black and white, and some color--show the little bunny in these different imagined forms and places. Some parents find it stifling that the mother bunny insists she will be wherever her little bunny goes. However, generations of children have found little bunny's imagined adventures entertaining, and the mother bunny's voice reassuring.
Is It Any Good?
Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny is charming, sweet, and reassuring. It's a little more action-oriented than her best-known book, Goodnight Moon, but the rhythm of little bunny and mother bunny's dialogue is similarly soothing to little children. Clement Hurd's illustrations, also, are as warm and delightful as they are in Goodnight Moon. Very young children find little bunny's imagination inspiring, and his cozy spot on mother bunny's lap by the fire gives The Runaway Bunny a nice bedtime feeling.
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