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Tom Rabbit
     

Tom Rabbit

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by Martin Waddell, Barbara Firth (Illustrator)
 
This charming new story by the creators of the classic Little Bear books takes a tender, humorous look at being lost . . . and then found.

Late one afternoon, Sammy takes his toy rabbit, Tom, out to the back field on the farm to see the real, wild rabbits. Tom Rabbit is happy with
Sammy. But then Sammy goes into the house for supper, leaving Tom all alone

Overview

This charming new story by the creators of the classic Little Bear books takes a tender, humorous look at being lost . . . and then found.

Late one afternoon, Sammy takes his toy rabbit, Tom, out to the back field on the farm to see the real, wild rabbits. Tom Rabbit is happy with
Sammy. But then Sammy goes into the house for supper, leaving Tom all alone. When the moon rises and the wild rabbits come, what will they think of a little toy rabbit like Tom? And most important of all, will Sammy come back to bring Tom home?

Martin Waddell’s gentle but powerful text and Barbara Firth’s expressive illustrations portray the feelings that emerge when one is lost, but then reassuringly found.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A charming book with engaging pictures and touching story. Tom Rabbit is a much-loved toy rabbit. One day he comes outside with Sammy and then gets left behind in the yard at night. What happens while Tom Rabbit waits for Sammy? Readers of all ages will be drawn in as much by the expressions in the pictures as the words on the page. The moment that the stuffed bunny comes eye-to-eye with the wild bunny is a classic. Children this age can relate both to the feeling of being afraid of being lost, alone and somewhere strange, and how good it feels to come back home again. 2001, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 1 to 4. Reviewer: Sally Heldrich
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Sammy, a young boy, carries Tom Rabbit, his stuffed bunny, to the farm fields at twilight to watch the real rabbits. They sit together on a stone wall, and then Sammy leaves to help take the cows to the barn. When Mom calls him in for supper, the toy is temporarily forgotten. While waiting for his owner, Tom Rabbit sees many new sights: the sun sets; the moon rises; and a wild rabbit comes to investigate, quivering its nose at the stuffed animal. Then the light in the boy's bedroom window goes out, and Tom Rabbit worries, "Sammy's gone to bed without me-I'm all alone now." Just then, the child returns and he and Tom Rabbit go inside and snuggle into bed for the night. The story is told in simple, effective language. Firth's pen-and-watercolor illustrations aptly convey Tom Rabbit's concern at being left alone and his happiness when he is retrieved. This gentle tale will provide sweet dreams at bedtime.-Kathy M. Newby, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Russiaville, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Shades of The Velveteen Rabbit: young Sammy takes his plush friend Tom out one day to see "real rabbits," then runs off, distracted. Perched atop a stone wall, Tom tries to make the best of things as the sun sets, the moon rises (" 'I've never seen that before,' thought Tom Rabbit"), and wild rabbits gambol below (" 'I'm not scared one bit' "). Using her characteristic soft lines and pale palette, Firth creates large, simply drawn scenes, subtly conveying Tom's growing apprehension with changes in the length of his mouth or the attitude of his stubby front limbs. Just when Tom is sure that he's been abandoned, Sammy comes for him, and the two are last seen snuggling down contentedly in bed together. As is only to be expected from the team that created the Big Bear and Little Bear stories, the emotional landscape here will be familiar to any toddler or post-toddler, and the ending positively glows with comfort. Read this to your bunny (to paraphrase Rosemary Wells) only if you're prepared for repeat performances. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763610890
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Martin Waddell says of Tom Rabbit, "Something very like Tom Rabbit’s adventure happened to me when I was a small child waiting for my mother."

Barbara Firth says, "At one time or another, we’ve all experienced the feeling of being forgotten—followed by the relief of being collected by someone we love."

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Tom Rabbit 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being lost can be frightening; being found and returned to safety is warmly reassuring, as Tom Rabbit, an adorable plush bunny discovers. Sammy and Tom Rabbit live on a farm. Early one day Sammy takes his beloved floppy eared toy to the back field so Tom Rabbit can see real rabbits. But, there's so much to do on a farm that when Sammy sees the cows being moved to another pasture he runs off to help, leaving Tom Rabbit perched on a stone wall. Tom Rabbit knows that Sammy will come back for him, but as the day turns into evening and Tom Rabbit sees the moon for the first time his long ears seem to droop even more. Then, his eyes widen in alarm as he finds himself surrounded by real rabbits. But Sammy hasn't forgotten his favorite toy - he returns for Tom Rabbit so they can both snuggle safely in bed. Children who have waited to be picked up will easily relate to Tom Rabbit's predicament, and be reassured by a happy ending. Barbara Firth's soft watercolor illustrations add depth to this gentle story.