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The Runaway Bunny

The Runaway Bunny

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by Margaret Wise Brown

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Clement Hurd redrew some of his pictures for this new edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny's imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time.

"Best of the Best" Children's Books 1966–1978 (SLJ)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1972 (NYT)


Clement Hurd redrew some of his pictures for this new edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny's imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time.

"Best of the Best" Children's Books 1966–1978 (SLJ)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1972 (NYT)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Many children may wonder what it would be like to strike out on their own, but seldom imagine it as beautifully as the little bunny in this classic tale. The little bunny dreams of becoming a fish, a bird and even a "crocus in a hidden garden." With each new incarnation the bunny imagines, his mother promises to become a fisherman, a tree and a gardener so that she may still watch over, guide and protect her little bunny. Realizing that his mother's love is unwavering, the little bunny concedes defeat and decides he would be wise to stay home and just be himself. This picture book edition of the beautiful fable is perfect for even the smallest listener. Clement Hurd's black and white and colorful, dream-like illustrations grace spreads throughout the book, bringing to life perfectly the imagination of the young and the depth of love a parent has for a child. Children and the adults who love them will treasure this story. 2005 (orig. 1942), HarperFestival/HarperCollins, and Ages 6 mo. to 5.
—Bethany Miller Cole

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Harpercollins Childrens Books
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10.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?, Christmas in the Barn, The Dead Bird, and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) se graduó de Yale University. Estudió pintura en París en los años 1930 con Fernand Léger, entre otros. Allí fue donde desarrolló su estilo característico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien también creó muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los niños.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 23, 1910
Date of Death:
November 13, 1952
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Place of Death:
Nice, France
B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education

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The Runaway Bunny 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom read this to me when I was a child and now that I am 7 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, it takes on a whole new meaning. This book is wonderful and I think it defines what being a good mother is. I would highly recommend it to any mother with children of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid. When I read this book to my kids, they got bored and so did I. The little bunny tells his mother he wants to escape for no reason at all. The mother says she will change into whatever she needs to change into in order to keep stalking him. That's it. There's nothing more to it. . . . Yawn.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I can't believe I haven't written about sooner.  I started reading this book to my son early in his first year.  He is well into his fifth year and I still read it to him, when I can find it.  It's that finding it thing that might explain the delay in the review.  This is one of those books that he likes to read himself.  At night.  When he is supposed to be sleeping.  I found it under his bed tonight when I was chasing the cat out of his room. I think it is best to have a healthy sense of humor when reading Runaway Bunny; otherwise, it might seem a bit strange or creepy.  The premise is that the young rabbit has decided that he wants to run away from home, so he decides to turn into another creature or object, like a crocus, to hide or run away.  His mother then says she will turn into another creature or object, like a gardener, to find him.  After of few of these proposed transitions, the young rabbit decides to stay home.  And his mother gives him a carrot.  Early on, my son laughed at the exaggeration of the story.  That, as I've said, is the best way to enjoy the book. Clarence Hurd's illustrations also help set the stage for levity and not gravity.  They also are extreme in their exaggeration and imbibed with subtle humor.  The sailboat and cloud is particularly wonderfully silly. His illustrations are, in short, perfect.
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a timeless message of reassurance for a young child
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wordscrafter More than 1 year ago
I read this ages ago and recently gave it as a gift to a friend. Her daughter was having some anxiety issues when being dropped off to her classroom. They read this daily and it has become her favorite story. It has also reassured her that her mom will never leave her. It's a beautiful story and a must have for anyone's collection.
CDC More than 1 year ago
When I used to read Runaway Bunny to my son (now 21), I still remember the look of absolute awe in his face that a mommy could love her child with her whole heart no matter what the child did. After we would read it, he would come up with all kinds of imaginative scenarios to test it, and I would reply the same way the mother in the Runaway Bunny did -- you are my child, and I will always love you. Over the years he has had many real life opportunities to test it, and the answer has always remained the same (sometimes with difficulty during the teenage years!). I recommend this lovely story for all new moms -- and dads.
32lake More than 1 year ago
This is one my favorite children's book. I still have my son's book given to him twenty eight years ago and just recently bought a new one for a first time mother. I was amazed when I read just this year that the author did not have children which makes this story all the more special. She truly captures the essence of a mother's love.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book that teaches a child how very much their mother (parents) love them and to what extents they will go to protect them. More books like this are needed for children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautifully illustrated book allows any child to identify with the main character, easily making this story a keepsake and one of those 'never forget' stories. A mother's unconditional love, and a child's need for independence and safety brings this story to an outstanding level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it has really detailed pictures and color. The words are good and kind of funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After my husband of 22 years left us, my 3rd child wanted to run away. Runaway Bunny helped me remind my child of my unwavering & steadafast love for her. I will remind her again on Valentine's Day with another copy of Runaway Bunny! (She'll be 14 the day after!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and reassuring story. Children will love the playful bunny who threatens to run away. And they'll be reassured by the reassuraning parent who will always follow, never leaving the loved one. It's also an allegory about man's relationship with God. We may run, but God will follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was six. I still love it and I recommend it to any one that has a baby. It is very touching. I especially loved it because I am a momma's girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter is eighteen years old and just graduated from high school. The morning of her graduation she gave me this book as a gift, just a little something to say thank you, ive never been more touched.