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Posted January 25, 2013
A timeless piece of woodland animal fiction. One of the cutest s
A timeless piece of woodland animal fiction. One of the cutest stories I've read in a long time. Combine heartfelt emotions with humorous antics and little furry creatures... and then you'll have "Rabbit Hill".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2013
A lot of animals live on Rabbit Hill in rural Connecticut outsid
A lot of animals live on Rabbit Hill in rural Connecticut outside of Danbury. They include Father and Mother Rabbit, their son little Georgie, Porkey the Woodchuck, the Gray Fox, the Gray Squirrel, Willie Fieldmouse, Mole, Phewie the Skunk, the Red Buck, and many others. Over three years ago, good Folks lived in the house, the lawns were thick, the fields were covered with clover, and the gardens were full of vegetables. Then evil days fell on the Hill when the good Folks moved away and their successors were mean, shiftless, and inconsiderate. Last autumn, even they left, and the house had stood empty since then.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
However, now little Georgie comes running with some good news. “New Folks Coming!” He even makes up a song about it to sing while going up Danbury way to fetch Uncle Analdas. But will the New Folks be planting people who will provide a good garden that will bring better times to the Hill, or will they have guns and traps and poisons with vicious dogs and nasty cats? And when little Georgie gets hit on the Black Road by a car, what will the New Folks do? This delightful story for younger readers won the Newbery Medal in 1945. Uncle Analdas uses some “countrified” euphemisms such as “tarnation,” “gumdinged,” and especially “dingblasted.” Also there are a few occurrences of pipe smoking and one reference to elderflower wine.
I can understand how some modern kids whose highest notion of “good reading” is junk like Harry Potter or A Series of Unfortunate Events would find Rabbit Hill “boring.” However, for those who like to savor truly fine children’s literature with charming characterizations and lovely illustrations, it is a heart-warming and beautiful tale that deserved the Newbery Award. Of course, that was back in the days before the leftists took over the American Library Association. One person noted that the book, apparently based upon the actual hill on which author Robert Lawson lived, is “a powerful reminder that we are stewards of God's creation,” and another pointed out the clear message about being kind to our fellow creatures.
Posted December 1, 2010
Rabbit hill is a book that is funny and scary. It is one of those books that will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. In this book there is humor and anger. There are also a variety of characters and animals. Some animals are clever, some are funny, and some are mean. In this book the animals are very curious on how the new neighbors that just moved in. The animals are very curious and afraid because the previous people who lived in the house where bad they brought traps and poisons. If you like fables with many animals this is a good book for you. It is because it is filled with humor and a crazy journey to get some food. In the book you find out what kind of people the new neighbors they really are. In this book the leaders of the animals are the rabbits that are very clever and devise a plan to get food. I think it was an interesting book because the animals fight back to make sure they are safe from all of the new things they have to adjust to. Rabbit Hill is one of those books that you do not really hear about. It may be recommended or a friend might tell you about and if you do hear about it I would suggest reading it. Just by reading rabbit hill I can predict that other books written by Robert Lawson would be very interesting and funny books. Also as you get farther into the book you meet new characters that add more to the book in a good way. Finally I would say that Rabbit Hill would be a good book to read if you like funny animal books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2007
Dad, reader and writer
This is a wonderful book! I write about rabbits and wildlife and this story is great. I actually have a very old copy dated 1944 and I envy Robert Lawson's writing as well as his illustrations. He certainly deserved what he won for this book!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2006
worth it to use a dictionary
What has happened in our society to NOT want to challenge a child while reading this book or any book aloud?? Doesn't anyone want to challenge their children anymore?? This book is absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!! It's perfectly ok to stop every once in awhile to explain,and discuss vocabulary. That's how kids learn. We need to quit trying to make everything sooo easy for kids,and teach our children that if you don't know a word , look it up,and discuss it. People tell me they are amazed by my own children's use of vocabulary. Could it be because I've challenged them from day one??? It's good for children to be challenged , parents!!! This is a delightful story that can be enjoyed by all ages,and it's worth it to read aloud,and to do the explaining!!! Let's put this book back on the shelf in our libraries,and let's challenge our children!!! I remember having this book read aloud to me in 5th grade,and the teacher did ask us questions. I also remember my own parents challenging me with challenging reading. Parents you are responsible for your children's education too. Get used to it , folks! Stop passing the buck to schools,and read to your kids ,and challenge them. Nobody ever said life was suppose to always be 'easy'. We must do a better job preparing our children for life, folks.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2005
Posted March 31, 2004
This book was so sweet. I can't describle it. My favourite part was when the animals are shown the statue of St. Francis. Read this! PS.My pet bunny is named Georgie; named for the main character.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2002
Posted May 11, 2001
For animal lovers
My mother bought this book for my son and he loves it! He takes it with him to school and reads it on the bus. actually, he takes it everywhere he goes! I read a chapter to him every night, along with our cat, who sits beside me and listens...I'm not kidding! I couldn't wait to see what happens at the end, so I read the whole book when we got it...my son doesn't know this...shhh! Rabbit Hill is a wonderful book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.