My Friend Rabbit

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When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. Of course, Rabbit has a solution -- but when Rabbit sets out to solve a problem, even bigger problems follow.

Every child who's ever had someone slightly bigger or slightly older over to play will recognize this story about toys and trouble and friendship. Eric Rohmann's third picture book is illustrated with robust, wonderfully expressive hand-colored relief prints -- the ...

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Overview

When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. Of course, Rabbit has a solution -- but when Rabbit sets out to solve a problem, even bigger problems follow.

Every child who's ever had someone slightly bigger or slightly older over to play will recognize this story about toys and trouble and friendship. Eric Rohmann's third picture book is illustrated with robust, wonderfully expressive hand-colored relief prints -- the perfect vehicle for a simple, heartfelt tale about childhood.

Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.

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Hitting the heights with a shiny Caldecott Medal, this simply sweet friendship tale from Eric Rohmann has a well-intentioned Rabbit recruiting a few animals to help retrieve his pal's toy plane.

Mouse notes that there's one small problem with his best friend Rabbit: "Whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows." So when Rabbit accidentally tosses Mouse's new airplane into a tree, the long-eared fellow cooks up an idea for setting things right. With a look of resolution in his eyes, Rabbit gathers a number of animals -- including a confused elephant, stubborn rhinoceros, and surprised crocodile -- stacking them up one by one into a great tower. None of the participants look too pleased, though, and when Mouse tops the pile and stretches his paws out, the tower winds up collapsing with a thunderous crash. Fortunately, little Mouse is able to catch hold of the plane, and he courageously flies in to snatch his friend away from the other annoyed animals. It's a happy rescue for frightened Rabbit, but of course, when he's involved, trouble is always around the corner.

Rohmann's winning book is hilarious and thoughtful, adding just the right perspective on the dynamics between two buddies. Readers will adore seeing all the animals' irked and quizzical expressions, while a central vertical spread featuring the pile-up will have readers wonderfully in suspense about what's to come. Using brilliant colored relief prints to give the antics a wacky yet vaguely fable-esque feel, Rohmann's gentle book will leave kids knowingly giggling and utterly rapt. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
After the hero gets his friend Mouse's airplane stuck in a tree, he goes to great lengths to retrieve it, in this Caldecott Medal winner. In PW's words, "This gentle lesson in patience and loyalty, balanced on the back of a hilarious set of illustrations, will leave young readers clamoring for repeat readings." Ages 4-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
You can pretty much guess the story from the first page in My Friend Rabbit. The narrator, a small brown mouse, tells us that his friend Rabbit, "means well. But whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows." After Rabbit launches mouse's airplane into a tree, he drags a cast of creatures ten times his size into a ridiculous pile. Then he mounts the animal mountain to retrieve mouse's plane. Unlike many Caldecotts, this year's award honors a book for young children. And Rohmann got it right in terms of this audience. Rabbit has the silly slapstick humor that young listeners find sublime. A three-year-old will giggle when rabbit hauls the huge elephant, or hoists the fat purple hippo. In this book of few words, the "trouble follows" line is repeated three times, giving young children a place to participate. In terms of illustration, the colored wood-block prints are simple, the backgrounds clear, and page layouts dramatize the story with interesting perspectives and compositions. You have to turn the book to view the climax, a vertical rendering of the pile of precariously balanced animals. The animals' faces lend a strong feeling tone. Thankfully, messages are buried in this book which accents humor instead of moral. But the pictures and words provide comfort for children viewed as troublesome, and offer a strong argument for sticking with colorful, unique playmates. 2002, Roaring Book Press,
— Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
A simple story about Rabbit and Mouse, who, despite Rabbit's penchant for trouble, are friends. When Rabbit launches his toy airplane (with Mouse in the pilot seat at takeoff) and it gets stuck in a tree, he convinces his friend that he will come up with a plan to get it down. He does so by stacking animals on top of one another (beginning with an elephant and a rhinoceros) until they are within reach of the toy. The double-page, hand-colored relief prints with heavy black outlines are magnificent, and children will enjoy the comically expressive pictures of the animals before and after their attempt to extract the plane. The text is minimal; it's the illustrations that are the draw here.-Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Best known for fluid, superbly realistic oil paintings, Rohmann (Prairie Train, 1999, etc) switches to thick-lined colored woodcuts and a simpler pictorial style for this nearly wordless, engagingly wacky episode. After carelessly throwing little Mouse's airplane up into a tree, Rabbit finds a unique way to reach it. ("Not to worry, Mouse. I've got an idea!") Industrious, if not too practical, he drags in a reluctant bear, a crocodile, a purple hippo, and other animals, then stacks them atop a wobbly-legged elephant. Great is the inevitable fall thereof, but Mouse and airplane are reunited, and Mouse, being a true friend, swoops down to rescue Rabbit from the now-annoyed menagerie. Rohmann uses wordless, and sometimes even empty, frames to great comic effect, allowing huge animals to make sudden entrances from the side-or from above, and artfully capturing the expressions on their faces. Young readers and pre-readers will chortle at the silliness of it all while enjoying the sometimes-demanding friendship between these disparately sized chums.
From the Publisher
"This is a very simple book designed for younger ages. It’s a fast reading book, but can help start a great discussion in giving the benefit of the doubt, in unconditional love, and in being a faithful friend."—Armchair Interviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761315353
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 229,283
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.74 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Rohmann

Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit, and a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies. He is also the author and illustrator of Clara and Asha, A Kitten Tale, and The Cinder-Eyed Cats, among other books for children. He has illustrated many other books, including Last Song, based on a poem by James Guthrie, and has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman.

Rohmann was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1957. He grew up in Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. As a boy, he played Little League baseball, read comic books, and collected rocks and minerals, insects, leaves, and animal skulls.

Rohmann has his BS in Art and an MS in Studio Art from Illinois State University, and an MFA in Printmaking/Fine Bookmaking from Arizona State University. He also studied Anthropology and Biology. He taught printmaking, painting, and fine bookmaking at Belvoir Terrace in Massachusettes and introductory drawing, fine bookmaking, and printmaking at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

He lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Biography

The 2003 Caldecott Medal for illustration was awarded to Eric Rohmann for My Friend Rabbit, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of The Millbrook Press. In the book, Mouse shares his brand-new toy airplane with his friend Rabbit, and no one can predict the disastrous-but hilarious-results. When the airplane lands in a tree, the chaos only builds as Rabbit drags, pushes and carries the whole neighborhood, including Elephant, Hippo and Crocodile, to the rescue. It's a lighthearted celebration of a friendship that will last - even if whatever Rabbit does and wherever he goes, trouble follows.

"Eric Rohmann's hand-colored relief prints express a vibrant energy through solid black outlines, lightly textured backgrounds and a robust use of color," said Pat Scales, chair of the 2003 Caldecott Award Committee. "The black frame cannot contain Rabbit's enthusiasm in this dramatic visual romp, as the characters tumble and spill from the page and back on again. The artist shows his respect for his audience and keen understanding of picture book design. Whatever they do and wherever they go, children will claim Rabbit as their friend."

Rohmann is the author and illustrator of two previous children's books, The Cinder-Eyed Cats and Time Flies, which was a 1995 Caldecott Honor Book. He also has illustrated The Prairie Train by Antoine Ó'Flatharta. A painter, printmaker and fine bookmaker, Rohmann holds fine arts degrees from Arizona State University and Illinois State University. He lives in the Chicago area. My Friend Rabbit is his first book for Roaring Brook Press.

Courtesy of the American Library Association.

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    1. Hometown:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Fine Arts degrees from Arizona State University and Illinois State University

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When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Strong Friendship

    My Friend Rabbit shows the strong bonds of friendship from mouse's point of view and it shows that even though rabbit is always a trouble magnet, mouse is still his friend and I think that this book would be great to read to children to show that they should be forgiving of their friends and always be understanding.Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Brookfield, Connecticut: Roaring Book Press. 2002.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    My Friend Rabbit

    This book is about friendship and would be a good book to read to children. Rabbit and mouse are good friends and rabbit accidentally tosses mouse¿s toy plane in the tree. Rabbit gathers a confused elephant, stubborn rhinoceros, and a surprised crocodile-stacking them higher and higher one by one to reach the plane. While mouse was reaching for his plane the animals collapsed and he stretched just enough to grab the plane and fly it to safety, mouse knew that where ever rabbit went trouble followed him, but because they were good friends mouse let rabbit play with his toy. This is a good book to show children the need to share and friendship. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Brookfield: Ct: Roaring Brook Press, 2002.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Review

    Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal in 2003 for My Friend Rabbit. He also won Caldecott Honor in 1995 for Time Flies. He is a painter, printmaker, and bookmaker. He holds degrees in fine arts from Arizona State University and Illinois State University. He lives in the Chicago area. Mouse and his best friend Rabbit were playing with Mouse¿s airplane. Whatever Rabbit does, and wherever Rabbit goes, trouble seems to follow. Mouse¿s plane got stuck in a tree, and Rabbit told Mouse not to worry, because he had an idea. Rabbit decided to incorporate some of the other animals to help, but Rabbit¿s idea only brings on bigger trouble.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    My Friend Rabbit

    This book has a good meaning behind it. It shows that a good friend is always there for you. They may not have the best plan, but they'll have one. 'My friend Rabbit means well...but...trouble follows'. The rabbit always tries to make things better but sometimes he don't. Every time they get in a mess the mouse just says, 'But Rabbit means well and he is my friend'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    One of my Favorites

    Eric Rohmann is from Chicago and has degrees from Arizona University and Illinois State University. Not only is he authors of books but he illustrates as well. He enjoys writing/illustrating children's books because he believes that children are the best audience. One of my favorite books of Rohmann is 'My Friend Rabbit.' I love the book because of the story and its illustrations. If I had to pick a favorite part it would definitely be the illustrations I absolutely love the colors and the pictures that Rohmann uses in this book. 'My Friend Rabbit' was definitely deserving of the 2003 Caldecott Medal. Upon recievin this Caldecott Rohmann had one already under his belt for 'Time Flies' in 1994. I love how in 'My Friend Rabbitt' they two friends are so determined to help eachother, they never give up. Its a great book, with amazing pictures, and great storyline. I think kids are really going to like this story because they don't have to read to see what's going on in the book. They will love the pictures of all the animals stacked up on eachother and then them falling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    The fact that My Friend Rabbit won the Caldecott Medal made me p

    The fact that My Friend Rabbit won the Caldecott Medal made me pick the book up. The fact that it was a funny book made me buy it. 
    Sometimes my four-year-old son tries to "help" around the house. Usually his "help" means a great deal more work for me, but the kid means well, so I praise the effort. The rabbit in the book means well, but his efforts do not often succeed as planned. I guess I should be grateful that my son doesn't employ an elephants, hippopotamus, alligator, rhinoceros, etc., to carry out his plans. 
    Eric Rothman uses a bold outline for his "ink-block" illustrations. It works. The animal expressions are comical, and yet the animals are rendered in such a way it is very clear what each animal is. Cartoony, confusing animals are one of my pet peeves in children's literature.
    I don't always like books that won the Caldecott Medal. I do very much like My Friend Rabbit, though.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    My Friend Rabbit is a sweet book that introduces the idea of unc

    My Friend Rabbit is a sweet book that introduces the idea of unconditional love and friendship to young children. The mouse tells the story about his friendship with Rabbit and how "whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows." Young children will enjoy the story due to all the animals, and they will continue to like the story as they move towards literacy since there are just a few words. This allows the pre-reader and early reader to feel a sense of accomplishment as they finish a book. The storyline is clear, even with just a few pages with script on them; a mark of a great picture book! The illustrations pull the reader through the story; many of which take up more than one page. Some pictures start on one page and continue unto the adjacent one. This creates the idea of movement and time to young readers. Other illustrations are only partly on the page, and require the reader to turn the page in order to find out what it is. The pictures truly express the authors intent. Rabbits big ideas lead to big trouble but through it all Mouse and Rabbit are friends. What an important lesson for little ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Great Choice for pre or early readers!

    My 18 month old grandson loves this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    My Friend Rabbit

    This is a lovely story about friends and how they stick by each other no matter what. In this story Mouse and Rabbit are friends. Mouse tells the story. He says that no matter where Rabbit goes trouble follows. But, Rabbit always tells him ¿Don¿t worry Mouse I have an idea.¿ Together they find a solution to their problem. The pictures are very colorful. They are very cartoon-like which draws the attention of the young audience. Rohmann lives in Chicago Illinois. He has a degree in fine arts from Arizona State University. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Brookfield, Ct.: Roaring Brook Press, 2002. Reading Level 1.0

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Caldecott Winner!

    Mouse has a friend, Rabbit, who he likes very much except he always gets into trouble. When Mouse's plane gets stuck in a tree Rabbit has a plan to get it out of the tree. Rabbit begins to stack the animals up to reach the plane, but as usual the plan does not work very well. See why the plan doesn't work-Read! Reading level ages 4-8. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Brookfield, Connecticut: Roaring Book Press. 2002.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2007

    Experience the trouble for yourself

    Eric Rochmann wrote and illustrated this funny little adventure between two interesting little friends. In the book we meet a little mouse with a friend named Rabbit who, 'means well, but whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows.' Our trouble starts when Rabbit gets Mouse's little airplane stuck in a high up branch. He immediatley has a plan on how to save the day, but as our story warns us, trouble follows. This fun adventure will make you wonder about what that little rabbit is doing, and then make you giggle when you see what is up his sleeve. Eric Rohmann lives in Chicago and is a painter, printmaker, and fine bookmaker. Rohmann, Eric. 'My Friend Rabbit'.Brookfield:Roaring Book Press, 2002. Reading Level: 2.1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    My Friend Rabbit

    My Friend Rabbit was a wonderful comical story. I enjoyed every picture. Each page was filled with color. This book deserved the Caldecott Medal. The pictures were marvelous. The mouse and the rabbit reminded me of me and my brother. Something would always happen and he would have a 'great' idea to fix it or solve the problem. But in the end more trouble came out of it. The book had very little text. I would beleive that this would be a K-1 reading level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Friendship can last a lifetime and when you have it don't let go of it.

    ¿Children are the best audience: they are curious, enthusiastic, impulsive, generous, and pleased by simple joys. They laugh easily at the ridiculous and are willing to believe the absurd. Children are not ironic, disillusioned, or indifferent but hopeful, open-minded, and open-hearted, with a voracious hunger for pictures and stories¿ said Eric Rohmann. My Friend Rabbit received the Caldecott Metal for illustration in 2003. The illustrations in the book are phenomenal, and are very detailed. The book shares a great lesson about friendship that no matter what they will still be friends no matter what. I like this book very much, and I love the details of the illustrations. Mouse was sharing his brand new airplane with his friend rabbit, and the airplane landed in the tree. How will they get the airplane? Will mouse and rabbit remain friends? How will mouse react to rabbit¿s actions? Read the book to find out the ending to the story. As the books says ¿Not to worry, Mouse. I¿ve got an idea.¿ The reading level of the book would be kindergarten to first grade. Eric says ¿I¿m interested in what books do that other art forms don¿t¿that is, they involve the element of time. Time passes as the turns the pages, revealing events in a sequence¿a story.¿ Pick up this book and read it because I promise you that you will like it. I love the book it had great illustrations and had a marvelous lesson. It was just precious. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. New York: Scholastic Ind., 2002.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    my friend rabbit

    My Friend Rabbit is about a rabbit who always gets into trouble. I did not like this book at all because it mainly had pictures instead of words. It was very repetitive and did not seem to have a point to it. It continued to say, ¿My friend rabbit means well. But whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows. Not to worry, Mouse. I¿ve got an idea!¿ I did like the illustrations, but I think there were too many of them. Eric Rohmann is a painter, printmaker, and a bookmaker. He won a Caldecott honor in 1995 for Time Files. Other than being and illustrator and writer is also a teacher. He won the Caldecott for this book in 2003. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Brookfield: Roaring Book Press. 2002.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Caldecott: My Friend Rabbit

    Is Rabbit a really good friend or a friend that causes trouble? This is a simple book about two friends, a rabbit and a mouse. Rabbit seems to cause trouble everywhere he goes even though he means well. Mouse gets his toy airplane stuck in a tree, and Rabbit comes to the rescue. ¿Not to worry, Mouse. I¿ve got an idea!¿ However, Rabbit¿s idea caused trouble. He still meant well. This Caldecott book is written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Eric was born in Illinois, and he grew up in a suburb of Chicago. He has created numerous jackets for books. The illustrations are vibrant and stunning. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Connecticut: Roaring Book Press, 2002. Reading level: Ages 4-8

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Don't Worry Mouse, Yeah Right!

    This is a cute picture book about Mouse and his best friend, Rabbit. ¿Wherever he goes, trouble follows.¿ Mouse lets Rabbit play with his new airplane and yes, trouble follows. Rabbit¿s solution causes more problems, but his intentions are good. When he tells Mouse not to worry, Mouse better worry. The story is easy to follow with the illustrations. It sets a good example for children to love their friends even if they accidentally cause problems. Eric Rohmann wrote and illustrated this book. He has written and illustrated, The Cinder-Eyed Cats and Time Flies. He has also illustrated The Prairie Train by Antoine O¿Flatharta. Mr. Rohmann is a painter, printmaker, and bookmaker from Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    My Friend Rabbit Review

    This Caldecott Medal Award Winner titled My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann. This picture book is commendable for this award not only because the audience is immediately drawn by the delightfully charming illustrations but also because the younger audience can relate to the situations the characters experience. This award winning picture book is admirably captivating because of the remarkable illustrations and the lessons taught in the story. The age group suitable for this picture book is ages four to eight years. The characters in this book are obviously dynamic. The main idea of this heartfelt story is to solve the problem of how rabbit and mouse are going to get the plane out of the tree. The plot of the story is about two friends a rabbit and a mouse. The story itself is told through the point of view of the mouse. Unfortunately, the rabbit and mouse get there airplane stuck in a tree and the rabbit tries his best to get it unstuck for mouse. Even though the rabbit tries to do the right things, he always ends up getting himself into more trouble. The younger audiences such as preschool throughout first grade is more suitable for this picture book. The genre classification for this picture book is naturally fantasy. The talented author of this book, Eric Rohmann, is also the illustrator of this book and many others. In addition, Rohmann has won other numerous awards for his works such as the Caldecott Honor Award for the book titled ¿Time Flies¿. Eric Rohmann now resides in Chicago. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Brookfield: Roaring Brook Press, 2002.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    My Friend Rabbit

    Mouse and his friend Rabbit were playing with Mouse¿s toy plane when all of the sudden it got stuck in a high tree. Rabbit quickly came up with an idea to stack different animals on top of each other to try to reach the plane. However, ¿the plane was just out of reach. Rabbit said, ¿Not to worry, Mouse, I¿ve got an idea.¿¿ But just as he put his idea into action, everyone began to fall. My Friend Rabbit is a great tale of friendship for all children. The events that occur in the story demonstrate a true test of friendship between Rabbit and Mouse. The mouse could have very easily gotten angry with the rabbit for getting his plane stuck in the tree, but he didn¿t. Instead, he accepted Rabbit¿s help to retrieve the plane. This book teaches children you have to respect others and their property, and that good friends are there for each other no matter what. Eric Rohmann lives in a suburb of Chicago. He holds degrees in fine arts from Arizona State University and Illinois State University and he is a former teacher (of drawing and printmaking). Eric has exhibited his artwork at numerous galleries and museums throughout the country. In 1995, his book Time Flies received a Caldecott Honor award and it was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and in 2003, his book, My Friend Rabbit won the Caldecott Medal. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Brookfield: Roaring Brook Press, 2002. RL: Ages 4-8, PreK-2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Cooper's Review

    I liked the dark outline for the animals and the airplane. Rabbit expressed to Mouse about his idea on how to remove the airplane out of the tree. Rabbit¿s good intentions are difficult like pushing a rhinoceros or elephant and hippo to give him height to reach for an airplane stuck in a tree. He carries an elk, alligator, bear, squirrel, mouse and ducks. Mouse began to reach but slipped. This suggestion enabled the animals to fall. No matter where or whatever Rabbit does trouble follows. This is on first grade level. This story received the Caldecott Medal in 2003.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    great book

    Shawna Wyatt Book Review My Friend Rabbit Authored By: Eric Rohmann This is a book that does not have many words, but I think that is O.K. because children can look at the pictures and make-up their own stories by looking at the pictures. This would be a good book to use with lower elementary school children. This book is about a rabbit and a mouse who are best friends but bad luck follows the rabbit but the mouse does not care because rabbit is his friend. This is a book that teaches children about the value of friendship. Eric Rohman holds fine arts degree from Arizona State University and Illinois State University. He lives in the Chicago area.

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