Little Rabbit Goes to School

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Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school and when there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie.

Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school and when there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie.

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Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school and when there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie.

Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school and when there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie.

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Publishers Weekly
The beguiling bunny introduced in Little Rabbit Lost here heads to the schoolhouse, leaping out of bed on the first day of class with abundant enthusiasm: " `Now we are big,' said Little Rabbit proudly. `We are going to school.' " He insists on bringing his special toy, Charlie Horse, whom he has gussied up with a red ribbon, and bounds off to the schoolhouse through a charmingly imagined forest of giant trees, thistles and mushrooms. But Charlie Horse soon shows a penchant for mischief, interrupting storytime by galloping across the teacher's shoes and diving into a bowl of cake batter. At recess, Little Rabbit won't share him with the other kids ("Charlie Horse does not want to play with you"). The author lets young readers decide whether Charlie Horse is the naughty one or if Little Rabbit is pulling the strings, acting out in response to a scary new situation (though he offers a sly hint with "Miss Morag let Charlie Horse rest on her desk while Little Rabbit painted a picture"). Whoever the culprit, youngsters just starting school will find Little Rabbit's ups and downs highly familiar as he navigates a rocky first day, perpetually in motion, adorable in his trademark ear-shaped cap and red raincoat. In the end, Little Rabbit triumphs over the day's dramas and decides Charlie Horse should stay at home a decision that children will relate to as they, too, begin to discover the delights of independence. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Little Rabbit was excited about his first day of school. He jumped out of bed and got Charlie Horse ready to go with him. His mother told him that wooden horses might not be welcomed in school, but Little Rabbit ignored her suggestion. He took off pulling Charlie Horse behind him. Little Rabbit liked school, but Charlie Horse kept causing trouble. He wanted to gallop through the room during story time and ran right over Miss Morag's shoes. He hopped off the table to dance during music class, and he jumped right into the cake batter that the class was mixing for snack time. After Miss Morag washed Charlie Horse and the students cleaned up, they took off for a nature walk. Charlie Horse spotted a beautiful flower and Little Rabbit wandered off the path with him to pick it. When he looked up, the class was gone. Little Rabbit and Charley Horse were lost. They ran around in fright. Then Little Rabbit remembered a song and began to whistle. Miss Morag found him. Little Rabbit had a great day at school. He couldn't wait to go back, but Charlie Horse had to stay home. He was too naughty for school. Charming pastel illustrations depict an exuberant rabbit interacting with a loving teacher and an affectionate family. This is a good read aloud for preschoolers and kindergartners. 2004, Peachtree, Ages 3 to 6.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-It's a special morning for Little Rabbit-his first day of school. Over his mother's mild objections, he insists on taking his wooden toy. Unfortunately, Charlie Horse misbehaves terribly: he runs around during storytime, jumps into the cake batter, and gets Little Rabbit lost when their class goes for a walk. All ends well, however, and when he is safely back at home in his mother's lap, Little Rabbit decides Charlie Horse is not ready for school, but that he most certainly is. Fashioned in warm colors, the watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are wonderful. Along with the engaging text, they endearingly capture the diffidence and anxiety Little Rabbit feels as he faces an unfamiliar situation, and his gradual realization that this new experience is fun. No matter how many titles you have on this topic, be sure to make room for Little Rabbit.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Horse distills a universal experience into an amusing story with distinct characters and delightful detail. The irrepressible Little Rabbit is back, and this time he's heading off to cause chaos at school. Of course, it's not Little Rabbit's fault-it's that naughty Charlie Horse (a polka-dotted pull toy), who tempts Little Rabbit into misbehaving in a wide variety of ways. Luckily, Little Rabbit's teacher's patience and the generosity of two new friends prevent minor mishaps from turning into total disasters. Although ostensibly oblivious, it's clear that Little Rabbit has learned his lesson when he acknowledges that from now on Charlie Horse will be better off at home. Winsome ink-and-watercolor illustrations showcase a charming woodland world overrun with adorable bunnies. Although the pictures have an old-fashioned feel, Horse's deadpan delivery makes the story truly timeless. Young children, and especially their parents, will recognize both Little Rabbit's imaginative rambunctiousness and his new-kid-at-school nerves. Utterly engaging and ultimately reassuring. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453207
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 976,313
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.04 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

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    Little Rabbit  is so excited, his first day of school has finall

    Little Rabbit  is so excited, his first day of school has finally arrived. Against the advice of his mother he is taking Charlie Horse to school with him. He claims Charlie Horse wants to go to school. On the way to and at school Charlie Horse would not behave in class.  In fact he caused so many distractions the teacher had to send him to time-out.  

    Little Rabbit must make a big decision of whether Charlie Horse was going to attend school with him anymore.  Do you think Charlie Horse should stay home with Little Rabbit's mother rather than go to visit school and be a distraction from the children learning?

    This is a  darling story! The illustrations depict the story so children can interpret the story even if they can not read.  Little ones will relate to antics of Little Rabbit's and Charlie Horse's characters.  This is a perfect relaxing read-to-me bedtime story, which should leave the child with sweet dreams of little rabbits.

    There are lessons to be learned from this story like, mothers know best, be considerate of others, sharing is good when making new friends, always follow the rules and school is fun.

    I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

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    Author and Illustrator Harry horse has created more than thirty

    Author and Illustrator Harry horse has created more than thirty books for children including other Little Rabbit books. In Little Rabbit Goes to School we find an enchanting tale that rings true in many households each and every year as the first day of school approaches - especially for a child's very first day of school.

    Little Rabbit is excited about his first day of school but insists he take along "Charlie Horse" his favorite toy. Once in the school with all the other little bunnies, Charlie Horse seems to get into all sorts of mischief making life utterly miserable for Little Rabbit and Miss Morag the teacher.

    Little Rabbit learns about being a friend and having a friend. This is a good addition to any school library no matter how many other "back to school" or "first day of school" books you have on hand. It is also a good choice for parents who have a child entering school that wants to take along a favorite toy. I recommend Little Rabbit Goes to School highly.

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary review copy was provided by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for our honest review. No compensation was provided for this review.

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