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A little brown bunny is in search of a home! He asks a frog, a groundhog, and other animals if he can live with them, but their homes don't suit him. Will he ever find a place to call his own? Ages 2-5.

A bunny searches the spring-time forest for a home of his own.

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Overview

A little brown bunny is in search of a home! He asks a frog, a groundhog, and other animals if he can live with them, but their homes don't suit him. Will he ever find a place to call his own? Ages 2-5.

A bunny searches the spring-time forest for a home of his own.

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Hop along with a cuddly brown bunny as he searches for a home in this newly reformatted classic! Growing to a larger-sized edition but keeping that familiar Golden Books feel, Home for a Bunny captures the springtime sweetness and warmth that generations of fans have come to adore. This bunny will surely find a welcome home on your child's bookshelf.
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Random House launches Big Little Golden Books with a quartet of vintage titles in a new, larger trim size. First published in 1942, The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey, illus. by Gustaf Tenggren, stars a curious canine who just can't keep up with the pack. In Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton, illus. by Tibor Gergely, Scuffy sets out to see the world but soon decides to go back where he belongs-the bathtub. It's springtime in Margaret Wise Brown's Home for a Bunny (1956), illus. by Garth Williams, and a brown rabbit looks for a place to live. After interviewing other animals about their abodes ("I would fall out of a nest," he explains to the robin), he finally finds the right match. In The Fuzzy Duckling (1949), a counting book by Jane Werner Watson, illus. by Alice and Martin Provensen, a baby duck meets other animals including "two frisky colts," and "six lively lambs/ with thick soft fleece," but none will join him for a walk through the woods.
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Spring awakens with leaves and flowers blooming and birds bursting out of their eggs. The frog, groundhog and robins sing about spring's arrival. But, this springtime tale is about a brown bunny searching for the perfect place to call home. As the bunny hops down the road, he sees the robins in their nest. The nest is not a good place for his home because he might fall out of it. He sees a frog in a bog when he continues down the road. The bog is not a good place for his home because he might drown. He sees a groundhog by a log when he continues down the road. The groundhog refuses to welcome him in the log, so he continues his journey. He sees a white bunny that lives under a rock, under a stone, down under the ground. When the white bunny welcomes him in her home, the brown bunny knows he has found a perfect place to call home. Simple vocabulary, predictable rhyme and repetition make this an enjoyable book for young children to listen to and easy for young readers to read. The double-page spreads show the brown bunny's journey down the road in search of a home. The illustrations of the bunny's journey also reinforce the birth of spring with lush green foliage, wildflowers of various colors and shapes, baby birds bursting out of their eggs and butterflies flying by. This book is a part of the "Big Little Golden Book" series. 2003 (orig. 1956), Golden Book/Random House,
— Jackie Kirby <%ISBN%>0307105466
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307135032
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/15/2000
  • Series: Big Little Golden Book Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 12.84 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

MARGARET WISE BROWN (1910-1952), best known as the author of Goodnight Moon, wrote countless children's books inspired by her belief that the very young were fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Among her many bestselling Golden titles are Mister Dog, The Color Kittens, The Golden Egg Book, Seven Little Postmen, The Friendly Book, and The Sailor Dog.

GARTH WILLIAMS (1912-1996) is known for his realistic yet highly expressive animal characters. His unique style has brought to life some of the best-loved children's books of the 20th century, including E. B. White's Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, and the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. He illustrated many timeless Golden Books, among them Baby Farm Animals, Mister Dog, The Friendly Book, The Sailor Dog,The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies, and The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse.

Biography

When Margaret Wise Brown began to write for young children, most picture books were written by illustrators, whose training and talents lay mainly in the visual arts. Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was the first picture-book author to achieve recognition as a writer, and the first, according to historian Barbara Bader, "to make the writing of picture books an art."

After graduating college in 1932, Brown's first ambition was to write literature for adults; but when she entered a program for student teachers in New York, she was thrilled by the experience of working with young children, and inspired by the program's progressive leader, the education reformer Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Mitchell held that stories for very young children should be grounded in "the here and now" rather than nonsense or fantasy. For children aged two to five, she thought, real experience was magical enough without embellishments.

Few children's authors had attempted to write specifically for so young an audience, but Brown quickly proved herself gifted at the task. She was appointed editor of a new publishing firm devoted to children's books, where she cultivated promising new writers and illustrators, helped develop innovations like the board book, and became, as her biographer Leonard S. Marcus notes, "one of the central figures of a period now considered the golden age of the American picture book."

Though Brown was intensely interested in modernist writers like Gertrude Stein (whom she persuaded to write a children's book, The World Is Round), it was a medieval ballad that provided the inspiration for The Runaway Bunny (1942), illustrated by Clement Hurd. The Runaway Bunny was Brown's first departure from the here-and-now style of writing, and became one of her most popular books.

Goodnight Moon, another collaboration with Hurd, appeared in 1947. The story of a little rabbit's bedtime ritual, its rhythmic litany of familiar objects placed it somewhere between the nursery rhyme and the here-and-now story. At first it was only moderately successful, but its popularity gradually climbed, and by 2000, it was among the top 40 best-selling children's books of all time.

The postwar baby boom helped propel sales of Brown's many picture books, including Two Little Trains (1949) and The Important Book (1949). After the author died in 1952, at the age of 42, many of her unpublished manuscripts were illustrated and made into books, but Brown remains best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

More people recognize those titles than recognize the name of their author, but Margaret Wise Brown wouldn't have minded. "It didn't seem important that anyone wrote them," she once said of the books she read as a child. "And it still doesn't seem important. I wish I didn't have ever to sign my long name on the cover of a book and I wish I could write a story that would seem absolutely true to the child who hears it and to myself." For millions of children who have settled down to hear her stories, she did just that.

Good To Know

When Goodnight Moon first appeared, the New York Public Library declined to buy it (an internal reviewer dismissed it as too sentimental). The book sold fairly well until 1953, when sales began to climb, perhaps because of word-of-mouth recommendations by parents. More than 4 million copies have now been sold. The New York Public Library finally placed its first order for the book in 1973.

If you look closely at the bookshelves illustrated in Goodnight Moon, you'll see that one of the little rabbit's books is The Runaway Bunny. One of three framed pictures on the walls shows a scene from the same book.

Brown's death was a stunning and sad surprise. The author had had an emergency appendectomy in France while on a book tour, which was successful; but when she did a can-can kick days later to demonstrate her good health to her doctor, it caused a fatal embolism.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    A Delightful Book for Young Children

    When I was a child, this was my all-time favorite book. Yes, I had the usual classics; but this I loved this book most of all. There were many animals and beautiful pictures in the book. My parents read it to me, and then when I could read, I read it over and over until I could recite it from memory.

    This book spoke to me, even as a child. Looking back as an adult, I believe it meant something to me because it talked about "home." Even young girls have the instinct for home, the safety and security of home, and of being able to say, "this is my home."

    I bought this book for my oldest granddaughter (who is only 3) in the hopes that it will become her favorite book too. And, I can't wait to read it to her, over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    My forever favorite

    I was five years old and had just learned to read well. I had a GIANT copy of Home for a Bunny, or at least it seemed giant. I read it over and over and over to anyone who would listen. At this time, my dearest great-aunt had come home to my grandmother's house, very ill, in the last stage of breast cancer. I was too young to understand. I must have read her the book fifty times and she patiently listened, letting me stay in her room even when my grandmother tried to shoo me out. I hope it brought her comfort and I think it must have. It is a timeless story that touches everyone who wants a warm, safe place where they belong. I can't wait until my little boy is old enough to enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    A must-have for a child's library!

    My mom read this book to me as a child, and it was the first book I learned to read on my own. Now that my two year old godson doesn't rip books anymore, he'll be getting 'Home for a Bunny' for Easter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    Time for night night jammies and Home for a Bunny . . .

    Here's the one that my four year old son wants to hear EVERY night. We can all recite it from memory but still we turn the pages, and admire the classic pictures, and are always relieved when the bunny finds a nice home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    a save-from-a-fire book

    This book has stayed with me for decades. I remember it from childhood very clearly and am enjoying giving new copies to every new parent I know. With kids being moved from here to there, spending time with family, at school, and with other caregivers, it's important for them to see that at the end of a search for stability, there is a home for each of us. At the end of a long and hard day, my father and I still quote to each other, 'Home for a bunny, Home of his own' when we get back to our home. It sums up how happy we are to have a happy stable place to call home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2002

    Wonderful starter book!

    My two year old nephew Charlie and I read this book every time he visits. He loved all the illustrations. When we finish the story he rubs the back cover and says 'nice book'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    Favorite Childhood Book

    I couldn't exactly remember the title of this book, but when I searched here on bn.com, I found exactly what I was looking for: My childhood favorite - a book I have never forgotten in all my years of growing up and being and adult. What a special book!

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