Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny

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Jeremy is a handmade English bunny with honesty sewn into his very being. So when he learns that he was made for someone in North Carolina, Jeremy hops right off to deliver himself to his new owner. But North Carolina is a long way from England, as Jeremy quickly learns. Before he can be safely home, Jeremy must rely on help from many people. There's old Mr. Pruneholt, who shows Jeremy where to find America; the kindly sea captain and his chattering parrot, Jethro, who see Jeremy across the water, and the ...

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Overview

Jeremy is a handmade English bunny with honesty sewn into his very being. So when he learns that he was made for someone in North Carolina, Jeremy hops right off to deliver himself to his new owner. But North Carolina is a long way from England, as Jeremy quickly learns. Before he can be safely home, Jeremy must rely on help from many people. There's old Mr. Pruneholt, who shows Jeremy where to find America; the kindly sea captain and his chattering parrot, Jethro, who see Jeremy across the water, and the unforgettable Village Dear. Most important of all are the family of young bunnies who teach Jeremy how wonderful it is to be needed. Though he'd love to stay with them, Jeremy can't forget that he has someone waiting for him and must keep moving until he arrives at her doorstep.

Jeremy, the Tale of an Honest Bunny is a story of adventure and friendship, full of humor, inspiration, and joy. It is the story of any child who is away from home-and the miracles found on the way to being safe at last.

Jan Karon says, "I wanted to do something for my daughter that would last a long time-perhaps even a lifetime. So I wrote a book about a bunny named Jeremy who went on a journey. In the story I included the consoling verse from Psalm 91, the verse we might all hope and pray for our children: "He will give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways."

Throughout the book there are detailed watercolor illustrations from acclaimed artist Teri Weidner. Designed with an old-fashioned charm to match the story's flavor, the book even includes a ribbon with which to keep your place as you read.

Make a place on your shelf for Jeremy alongside your favorite books from childhood-and then be ready to take it down from the shelf again and again.

Rather than being mailed from England to the United States, Jeremy, a handmade toy rabbit, sets off to make his own way to a new home, with the toymaker's blessing to keep him safe through a series of adventures.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bestselling author Karon (Miss Fannie's Hat; the Mitford series for adults) shares a thickly nostalgic tale she crafted for her daughter, Candace, more than 40 years ago. Between serving up kidney pie and making tea for her husband, a young British woman named Lydia painstakingly fashions a stuffed bunny. Her creation complete, Lydia names the toy Jeremy and he springs to life. He learns that Lydia has made him "an honest bunny. That means that no matter what happens you will always be honest, for that's the way you're made." He also learns he has been promised to a girl named Candace in North Carolina. Rather than travel via a shipping box, Jeremy decides to find his own passage. He embarks on the journey without fear, after Lydia consults with her own maker and assures Jeremy, via Psalm 91, that angels will watch over him along the way. Karon's characters are as consciously quaint as her settings: the jovial old gardener, eyes a-twinkling, who treats Jeremy to a tea of English Rabbit (recipe included); Jethro, a sea-captain's parrot who can sing cowboy songs; newborn bunnies; and avuncular owls. Naturally Jeremy wishes to linger, but honest bunny that he is, he perseveres to deliver himself to Candace, all the while guided by Lydia's blessing. Unfortunately, the text is a heavy-handed mix of familiar fantasy and moral. Various plot elements quickly call to mind both The Velveteen Rabbit and The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but in the text as well as in Weidner's (Helen the Fish) plentiful color vignettes and illustrations, Jeremy lacks the distinctive spunk or emotional resonance of these literary predecessors. All ages. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Jan Karon, author of the best-selling "Mitford" series, titles her first children's book, Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny. According to the jacket flap, she wrote this story for her daughter in 1958 to recall "the consoling verse from Psalm 91...'He will give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all ways.'" She has written a rambling, disconnected story whose characters pop into Jeremy's life with tedious regularity, imposing mini-messages that never hang together. The only way we know Jeremy is honest is because Karon said so in the title. This attribute is neither tested, nor proven as Jeremy wends his way through a haphazard string of events. He is not an honest bunny, but a traveling one. If Karon had cared more about her character than her moral, the conflicts children love would have developed naturally. Instead she betrays Jeremy, and her message comes out convoluted and dishonest. It is character, plot, and conflict that captivate readers. Don't obscure these qualities with messages. Just tell your story and the meaning will surface on its own. 2000, Viking, Ages 9 to 12, $15.99 Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Children's Literature - Jessica Becker
This is a lovely story, perfect for reading aloud to young children. Jeremy is a hand-made bunny who sets out into the unknown world with only the memory of his loving creator and her comforting words--Psalm 91 "He will give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." Jeremy's journey is full of adventure and he learns from the many kind strangers that he meets that angels are found all around us.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Unwilling to be boxed and mailed to America, Jeremy, a handmade toy rabbit from England, sets off for his new home on foot. He has numerous small adventures on the way, which include encounters with grabby children, a sea captain's parrot, an owl, and two lost baby rabbits. He is protected from harm throughout his journey by his maker's blessing, part of Psalm 91, which she printed out and slipped into his pocket along with the name and address of the little girl for whom he was made. Comparisons to Margery Williams's Velveteen Rabbit (Doubleday, 1958) are inevitable. Yet, unlike Williams's writing, Karon's work is sentimental and passive. Both books have toys and animals that converse with one another, though Jeremy routinely speaks to adult humans on his journey as well. Then there's the magical ending in The Velveteen Rabbit and the routine ending in Jeremy-Candace presumably finds him asleep on her pillow on Christmas Eve. Nostalgic, full-color illustrations, sprinkled liberally throughout, support the text. If you are looking for Christian fiction, this is a good choice; otherwise, buy another copy of Williams's book.-Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142425374
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/7/2013
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 468,002
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Karon

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

Biography

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Janice Meredith Wilson
    2. Hometown:
      Blowing Rock, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lenoir, North Carolina

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    charming children's tale

    Jan Karon is one of my wife Karen's favorite authors. Best known for her romance novels, such as the Mitford series, Karon has written this charming children's tale of a handmade English bunny named Jeremy who was unwilling to be sent to America in a box, sets off to make his own way to his new home in North Carolina, and learns many important lessons along the way. It is the story of adventure and friendship, full of humor, inspiration, and joy. While obviously fantasy, it is delightful reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    Honest Bunny

    Jeremy was a homemade and an honest bunny who delivered himself to North Carolina in Amereica. And went on many different adventures en route. I thought this book was good.I like the character and the plot, kids aged 8 to 20 would enjoy this heartwarming tale.

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