Why So Sad, Brown Rabbit?

Why So Sad, Brown Rabbit?

by Sheridan Cain, Jo'Anne Kelly
     
 

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Why is Brown Rabbit so sad? Because he doesn't have a family. So he goes in search of a wife. But before he can find her, he meets up with three little ducklings. They think he's their mama, but Brown Rabbit is quite sure they are mistaken-or are they? Brown Rabbit wants to find a family, but is he ready for the family that finds him? Young children (and adults!)

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Why is Brown Rabbit so sad? Because he doesn't have a family. So he goes in search of a wife. But before he can find her, he meets up with three little ducklings. They think he's their mama, but Brown Rabbit is quite sure they are mistaken-or are they? Brown Rabbit wants to find a family, but is he ready for the family that finds him? Young children (and adults!) will delight in the message of this tender tale-families come in all varieties, shapes, and sizes.

This heartwarming story [is] decorated with charming pictures that have great child appeal. (Booklist)

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
This heartwarming story [is] decorated with charming pictures that have great child appeal.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Artist Kelly makes an assured debut with this British import featuring a bachelor bunny who longs for a family and inadvertently gets his wish. Brown Rabbit is droopy-eared over his plight: he must sit alone on the sidelines while the animal families enjoy their springtime frolic. After a brief, fruitless search for a wife, the rabbit discovers a trio of just-hatched ducklings. A poll of farmyard inhabitants fails to turn up the ducklings' mother: "What am I going to do?" Brown Rabbit asks his charges. "You're all alone like me." But when the orphans snuggle close, the rabbit's nurturing instincts are awakened; he soon embraces his role as a paterfamilias with gusto. With an economical but warm text, Cain (Look Out for the Big, Bad Fish?) keeps the story moving. She effectively conveys Brown Rabbit as a good-hearted if slightly prim gentleman (he says "Oh dear!" when perplexed and refers to his ducklings as "little fellows"). Combining a strong graphic sensibility with a confident ink line, Kelly's illustrations bubble with a sly wit and energy; the clean, almost decorative look of the characters and compositions is tempered with subtly textured colors of downy yellow, chestnut brown and cornflower blue. Here is an upbeat tale of a hare who makes a proud papa to a nontraditional family. Ages 3-7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Humorous watercolor illustrations perfectly complement this delightful twist on a "Where's my mother?" story. In this funny book, Brown Rabbit desperately wants a family, but when a trio of ducklings claims him as their mama, he cannot convince them to leave him alone. After searching the farmyard for their missing mother, the foursome decide to cheer themselves up by having some hopping, skipping and jumping fun. By the end of the story, Brown Rabbit realizes that his family has been right in front of his eyes the whole time. If only the ducklings would stop calling him "Mama."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Brown Rabbit is depressed about his advancing age and declining agility. Gray Mouse suggests he have a family so he can teach games he can no longer play. While searching for a wife, he happens upon three abandoned duck eggs. Unable to locate Mama Duck, he becomes the ducklings' Papa; he then shows them how to hop, skip, jump, etc.the very things he was too old to do in the beginning of the story. The narration is pedantic and the story itself too long for the audience who would most enjoy this type of animal fantasy. Line-and-wash illustrations are simplistic and uninspiring. This mediocre offering won't be missed.Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140568158
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/19/2001
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 9.78(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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