Brother Rabbit

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Meet Cambodia's Br'er Rabbit

Whether he's playing dead in a basket of bananas (so as to eat them. of course!), tricking an elephant into ungluing him from a tree stump, or talking his way out of a crocodile's belly, Brother Rabbit lives by his wits. Cool as a cucumber whatever the peril, he is unabashed by danger, trusting his brains to come out on top. And he always does!

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Overview

Meet Cambodia's Br'er Rabbit

Whether he's playing dead in a basket of bananas (so as to eat them. of course!), tricking an elephant into ungluing him from a tree stump, or talking his way out of a crocodile's belly, Brother Rabbit lives by his wits. Cool as a cucumber whatever the peril, he is unabashed by danger, trusting his brains to come out on top. And he always does!

A crocodile, two elephants, and an old woman are no match for a mischievous rabbit.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
This Cambodian trickster is just as brazen as his more familiar Western cousin, Brer Rabbit; he hones his wits, however, on a different set of dupes. In a chain of vignettes, Brother Rabbit flatters a crocodile into giving him a ride across the river, tricks a human out of her basket of bananas and manipulates an elephant into freeing him from a sticky tree stump. The crocodile plots revenge, but his plan repeatedly withers in the brilliance of Brother Rabbit's stratagems. Hewitson's (Mother Earth Father Sky) busy, panoramic watercolor-and-ink illustrations mimic woodcuts, managing to be both rustic and refreshingly sophisticated, decorative and dynamic. Just as Hewitson captures the lush topography of Cambodia, Ho and Ros, who previously collaborated on The Two Brothers, keep readers mindful of the story's setting: in a prefatory note, they explain that this tale of insurgence in the animal kingdom was especially dear to the powerless Cambodian farmers and villagers, who likewise longed to turn the tables on the landlords, soldiers and kings. Small children are likely to be similarly taken with this bad, bad bunny.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This Cambodian trickster is just as brazen as his more familiar Western cousin, Brer Rabbit; he hones his wits, however, on a different set of dupes. In a chain of vignettes, Brother Rabbit flatters a crocodile into giving him a ride across the river, tricks a human out of her basket of bananas and manipulates an elephant into freeing him from a sticky tree stump. The crocodile plots revenge, but his plan repeatedly withers in the brilliance of Brother Rabbit's stratagems. Hewitson's (Mother Earth Father Sky) busy, panoramic watercolor-and-ink illustrations mimic woodcuts, managing to be both rustic and refreshingly sophisticated, decorative and dynamic. Just as Hewitson captures the lush topography of Cambodia, Ho and Ros, who previously collaborated on The Two Brothers, keep readers mindful of the story's setting: in a prefatory note, they explain that this tale of insurgence in the animal kingdom was especially dear to the powerless Cambodian farmers and villagers, who likewise longed to turn the tables on the landlords, soldiers and kings. Small children are likely to be similarly taken with this bad, bad bunny. Ages 4-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Melinda Medley Sprinkle
Folktales often involve a small, witty animal outsmarting larger, stronger animals that are not very bright. This humorous Cambodian tale uses vivid images, expressions, and borders to help explain Brother Rabbit's obnoxious, self-assertive pretensions. This small rabbit gives new meaning to "smarter than meets the eye." He outwits a sharp-toothed crocodile, a young woman, and a furious mother elephant. Whether its telling white lies or playing dead, there's nothing this wise prankster will not do to out smart his animal foes. Time and again, his cool temper and cheerful attitude get him through the toughest of situations.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Trickery reigns supreme as clever Brother Rabbit gets the best of everyone. His main opponent is a crocodile, whom he convinces to ferry him across the river in exchange for a cure for his scaly skin. From that point on, the two constantly spar for the upper hand. In the end, Rabbit extricates himself from the crocodile's belly by pretending to be thrilled at the prospect of eating crocodile guts. The story is well told, with just enough detail to capture all the outrageous activity in Rabbit's day, and children will take delight in his exuberant mischief. A lengthy note places Brother Rabbit in a cultural context but the book includes no source note. Hewitson uses watercolor and paint in a highly accomplished manner that mimics complex, heavily patterned scratchboard illustrations. Each single- or double-page spread features a different border that barely contains the rabbit's foolish actions. Even though the pictures include a host of details depicting Cambodian village life, the illustrations look great at a distance, making this eminently suitable for group sharing.Ellen Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688125530
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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