Rabbit School

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Overview

Bunny Hans and Bunny Gretchen,
Paw in paw, they look so fetching.
Happily they skip along
With the gath'ring bunny throng
Which they meet along the way.
Almost seven! Don't delay!
Each one's backpack, dark or pale,
Bounces o'er a bunny tail.

The ?rst day of school is here! This is the story of two young bunnies as they go off to Rabbit School, deep in the woods. Here they ?nd their beloved old schoolteacher, who teaches them everything a good rabbit must know: which vegetables and plants are tastiest; how to make the garden grow; how to paint Easter eggs in bright colors so they can call themselves Easter bunnies with pride! He also teaches them to be ?t and to run fast to avoid the dangerous red fox who lurks in the forest.

This classic picture book by the legendary German children's book author, Albert Sixtus (1892-1960), with lovingly detailed pictures by illustrator Fritz Koch-Gotha (1877-1956), has been translated into English for the ?rst time by Roland Freischlad. It should appeal to all early readers of age four and up, and is also a delight to read aloud.
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Children's Literature - Leslie Rounds
The back cover describes this effort as a "classic picture book." It was first published in 1924, and this is the first English translation. Each double-page spread includes eight lines of rhyming text accompanied by a detailed color illustration (that appears to be rendered in ink and watercolor) and green tint silhouettes of a pair of young rabbit siblings off for a morning at school. Their aging rabbit teacher leads them through a morning prayer and instructs them on which plants are good to eat, the ways of the wicked fox, Easter egg painting, music, garden care (where boys carry the watering cans and girls weed), and sports: "Here they learn how to escape/ From the dogs that are in shape!/ That's a game of life and death—/ Hopeless if you're out of breath." On one page the teacher has a clearly pained "Bunny Max, the little brat" by the ear as punishment for a series of bad behaviors. Poetry scans some, but definitely not all, of the time, and occasionally words are paired that sound similar but do not actually rhyme: for example "zag"and "attack." Taste and style in picture books has a changed a great deal in nearly one hundred years. The text clearly reflects a bygone era and suffers from the difficult task of translating a rhyming text into a different language, with some word choices rather forced. This book is more attractive and interesting as an artifact from a past time than as contemporary literature. Reviewer: Leslie Rounds
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PreS-Gr 2—Originally published in 1924, this Peter Rabbit-like title captures the style, grace, and innocence of children's books of that era. The artwork is charming: the bunnies are clad in frocks and waistcoats and the action is vivid. Juxtaposed with the full-page color illustrations are verses set on a white background and adorned with soft green, realistic silhouettes of rabbits and other animals. The verse is satisfying except for a few rhyme schemes that falter ("wind"/"fiend," "zag"/"attack") and leave readers stumbling. While the art is quite good, it does not always hold up well in relation to the text. For example, the janitor, Stillwell, is referred to and therefore thought to be the adult rabbit in front of the class in an early picture. When the page is turned, readers realize that it was not Stillwell at all but the rabbits' teacher, who now appears to be much larger and wears different clothes. Nevertheless, for collections looking for a milestone of work in children's literature, this book would fit nicely. It is not likely, however, that children will pick it up.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567923834
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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