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My Friend Rabbit

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  7,149 ratings  ·  711 reviews
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.

My Friend Rabbit is the winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Square Fish (first published January 1st 2002)
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Caldecott Medal Winners
33rd out of 78 books — 321 voters
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My kids thought this was - to put it in their words - fantastic. The pictures are beautifully illustrated and kept all my children interested until the end. Not a lot of words, not even a level 1 reader, however, it has more than enough content as a story to entertain. I can understand why this is a Caldecott winner as well. Two thumbs up from our family.
Rachel King
This book had wonderful illustrations. I took an art class all four year of high school, and the illustrations in this book have very bold colors. All of the illustrations seem to have extremely chunky or thick lines. They also seem to be very detailed. Another factor that I enjoyed about the illustrations in this book was that all the lines were filled it. I don't like illustrations that lack color or that look like they have barely been covered. I gave this book 4 stars mainly for the illustra ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Lara's rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents & children 3yrs to 6yrs.
Shelves: picture-books
Synopsis : Every child who's ever had someone slightly bigger or slightly older over to play will recognize this story about toys, trouble and friendship.
Review : Oh, it's a beautiful new toy that mouse has! Mouse's good friend Rabbit celebrates with him the joy and excitement in the new device. But, as sometimes happens, things go a bit awry and the airplane gets stuck in a very tall tree. Alas, Rabbit is there to fix the problem and brings in a wonderful selection of animals to help. The you
N_patricia Brunner
Have you ever had a friend who always seems to have trouble following him wherever he goes? This is the delightful story of: My Friend Rabbit. Mouse, the narrator, begins the story by allowing his friend Rabbit to play with his toy airplane and soon there is a problem. The airplane gets stuck in a tree and Rabbit has a creative solution of getting the plane untangled from the tree branches. He pulls and drags several huge animals, including an elephant, rhino, hippo, moose, alligator, brown bea ...more
My Friend Rabbit offers children a way to create their own text to the story. While the book does have some text, it allows children to detail the events with their own imagination on the pages that do not have text. The illustrations speak for themselves in this Caldecott Award winning book. Rabbit, Mouse’s best friend, is always getting into trouble no matter what he does. As the book states, he does mean well. I could imagine a young reader hearing this story and laughing along at the picture ...more
Evan Taylor
Have you ever felt like trouble follows you around like your shadow? If so, you can closely relate with Rabbit from Eric Rohmann’s My Friend Rabbit, which speaks of rabbit and how his helpfulness is often turned into harmfulness for himself and those around him, especially his friend Mouse. In My Friend Rabbit, Mouse has a brand new, shiny red and yellow airplane that he shows Rabbit. Rabbitt is amazed by the plane and asks Mouse to play with it, but the plane ends up stuck in a tree after Rabbi ...more
Picture book
For toddler-early elementary

Rabbit means well, but is always getting himself and Mouse into trouble. Rabbit tries to rescue Mouse's plane from a tree using a variety of animals.

The premise of the book is simple, and has certainly been done before in the world of picture books. At first, it seems that Rabbit will try one animal after another to get Mouse's plane out of the tree, but instead he piles these strangely compliant beasts into an improbable tower. In the end, it's the combin
Amy Holliday
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The story itself is also very entertaining and just generally fun. The story is something that could be told using flannel board where children could stack up all the animals and let them fall down and crash the tree into the plane. I even think that this story could just be told to children without a flannel or book because it would be fun for the children to use their imagination to see the animals getting stacked up and wonder…oh, I hope they don’t fall down!

The friendship of rabbit and mouse is entwined with the trouble that comes along when rabbit has an idea. This picture book uses minimal words and leaves the illustrations to lead the reader to what is occurring. Almost considered a wordless book, we are able to follow the trouble that stirs as rabbit tries to reach a toy plane that has landed in a tree. She stacks animals one on top of the other just barely reaching the toy plane. As a reader may predict, all the animals come toppling down. The ...more
(NS) Laura Jackson
This is a wonderful story about friendship. Mouse and Rabbit are great friends even though trouble always seems to follow Rabbit. As mouse and Rabbit are playing with a toy plane, it gets stuck high up in a tree. Rabbit tries to solve the problem by getting other animals to help, but his single problem soon turns into a larger problem. The story represents a true friendship between two animals. I think this book would be great in the classroom to teach about friendship and loyalty. I think child ...more
May 04, 2011 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
There aren't many words in this book, but not many are needed to tell the story of Mouse and his friend Rabbit who means well, but is always getting into trouble. Rabbit launches Mouse in his airplane, Mouse falls out, unhurt, and the airplane lands in a tree. "Not to worry, Mouse. I've got an idea!" I suppose those are words you don't like to hear from a trouble-prone friend like Rabbit. Rabbit's idea is illustrated wordlessly on the next several pages. He pushes, pulls, prods, and carries an a ...more
Sep 13, 2013 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents, librarians, & teachers
One of my favorite books for story time. I use it for both a spring rabbit program and a fall friendship program. 9/1/11

Got oohs today when I turned the book to show the animals all piled on top of each other. 5/12

A couple boys were very taken with the airplane, and everyone had a lot of fun identifying the animals.9/12/12

Had a boy playing with the toy school bus, so I recruited him for my PJ Story Time. I think this book held him the best.

Also used for story time and got some oohs. This is real
Eric Mcweeny
A classic story about friendship that anyone of any age will enjoy. The story is about a mouse and his best friend, the rabbit. The mouse is always being pulled into crazy situations by the rabbit who always has another "idea". With every turn of the page, there is another funny moment of the rabbit getting the mouse into trouble. The mouse sticks by the rabbits side even if sometimes he gets mad at him. The story ends with a great message about friendship when the mouse says, "But Rabbit means ...more
L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
I enjoyed, Erick Rohmann's Caldecott Award Winner, My Friend Rabbit, is a story about a special friendship between a mouse and a rabbit. I enjoyed it because it can be used to teach students about differences in people and how to be accepting. The rabbit in the story no matter how much he tries can never do the right thing. His true friend is always forgiving. Eric Rohmann illustrates the story using expressive hand-colored relief’s prints. The dark outlines around the characters give them a sp ...more
We’ve all had friends who we love dearly despite their flaws, and Rabbit is no exception. In My Friend Rabbit, Eric Rohmann’s 2003 Caldecott winner, we are introduced to Rabbit, a hapless friend who has imperfect problem-solving skills (and surprising upper-body strength). When Rabbit gets his friend Mouse’s new airplane stuck in a tree, he has an idea for retrieving it, although it probably does not go the way he planned. Soft, yet vibrant illustrations accompany the limited text, allowing chil ...more
'My Friend Rabbit,' written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, tells a story of a mouse's friend, Rabbit, that brings trouble with him wherever he goes. Rabbit is throwing Mouse in a model airplane into the air, which they Rabbit then gets stuck in a tree. Rabbit then has the bright idea of piling animal on top of animal to reach the model airplane, which then causes all the animals to fall and be unhappy with Rabbit. Mouse still forgives Rabbit for the poor decision to pile the animals up because ...more
Aileen Galaz
This is a beautiful landscape book with a thick black border that is about 1cm all around that catches your eye. The illustrations also use this thick black line as their outline which makes it all very cohesive, and the solid colored end pages complement this clean aesthetic. I am truly in love with the look of this book. A lot of the story is told through the illustrations and the rest with very little words. Having very little words forces one to take a look at the illustrations which is what ...more
Ashleigh Christensen
"My friend Rabbit means well. But whatever he does, wherever he goes,trouble follows". This is the opening line for the Caldecott winner which tells the story of two friends, the level headed and generous Mouse who lends his toy airplane to Rabbit, the well meaning but trouble attracting best friend. When Rabbit accidentally gets Mouse's toy plane stuck in a tree, he has the bright idea to enlist the help of all their animal friends. But, even with Rabbit's good intentions, things don't go exact ...more
Jessica LeBaron

My Friend Rabbit
Eric Rohmann

My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann is about two friends, a rabbit and a mouse. The rabbit is always getting into trouble one way or another. In this book the rabbit gets a toy plane stuck in a tree that him and his mouse friend are playing with. He tells the mouse not to worry because he has a great idea. The rabbit gets help from all the other animals to get the plane down from the tree. The rabbit stacks all of the animals on top of each other to make an animal tower
Madison Niksich
Rohmann, E. (2002). My friend Rabbit. Brookfield, Connecticut.: Roaring Brook Press.

This 2003 Caldecott winner was a very enjoyable read. The rabbit in this story means well but always seems to be getting in trouble. The rabbit got his plane stuck in the tree so he recruits some animals to help. They all piled on top of one another but eventually crashed to the ground. The animals weren’t very happy but the rabbit finally got his plane back. The animals in this story are well illustrated and det
Holly Leendertsen
My Friend Rabbit is about a mouse and rabbit who are flying a toy airplane. Rabbit accidentally launches the airplane too far, and it lands in a tree. Rabbit then recruits all different animals such as an elephant, a rhino, and a hippo. Rabbit then stacks them on top of each other in order to reach the tree. After climbing to the top of the animal ladder, Rabbit still cannot reach the airplane. The animal ladder comes tumbling down and everyone is upset with Rabbit, but they are able to retrieve ...more
Hayley Laporte
This book is about a friendship between a mouse and a rabbit. The mouse knows that the rabbit always means well but trouble always occurs when rabbit is around. The rabbit always tries to fix the problem but just ends up making things worse. The book is mostly about friendship and it is very easy for anyone to relate to.
I thought this was a really cute story and I enjoyed reading it. It's a good story that anyone reading it can relate to. Kids can easily understand it and relate to it and so ca
Courtney Lauren Smith
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann is the winner of a golden Caldecott award. This book tell the story of Mouse and his best friend Rabbit. Rabbit, being much bigger than Mouse is always finding some adventure that ends up getting the two into trouble along the way.

This is story is so relatable to children because most of us did have one of those mischievous friends like Rabbit growing up, or we ourselves were like him. In this story Rabbit gets Mouse's plane stuck in a tree, and he comes up with
Genre: Picture Book / Fiction

This is a story about a friend that always wants to help, but most of the time even with the best of intentions, Rabbits help comes with more stress then is needed. Because Rabbit is just trying to help, Mouse will always show understanding toward his friend no matter what kind of shenanigans Rabbit gets into. My Friend Rabbit uses the simplest of text to portray an uplifting message that’s full of laughter and excitement. This is a very relatable book because almos
Heather Hilliker
A picture book by Eric Rohmann, My Friend Rabbit (2002) takes a misfortune induced approach to companionship. The illustrator uses vibrant colors that contrast well in his pictures, such as the white of the rabbit against the bold blue sky in some images. In this story, a mouse allows his buddy to play with a toy airplane that he owns, but it accidentally gets stuck in a treetop (Rohmann, 2002). Images here are fun and dynamic, as the rabbit recruits many animals to help him get the mouse’s toy ...more
Beginning this story I was in love with the illustrations and the simplistic color scheme. I especially loved the detail in illustrating the animals throughout the rabbits mission to retrieve his damaged plane. I thought the story line and the illustrations complimented one another very well, in that neither one distracted or took away from the over all plot. I can definitely see why this novel won the Caldecott award because of how tastefully it was molded. As a result, I thought this story was ...more
Hannah Wolf
This story begins by a mouse giving his friend rabbit his toy airplane. The rabbit flies it around but gets it stuck in a tree and rabbit and mouse cannot reach it. They go and gather all of their animal friends such as the elephant, the hippopotamus, the giraffe and many more! They have them all sit on top of each other shoulders so that mouse can sit on the rabbits and grab the plane from the tree. They finally get it down but in the end the rabbit ends up flying it right back into the tree.

Erick Escalera
My Friend Rabbit is the story of Mouse and Rabbit and their friendship. Mouse narrates the story while Rabbit devises a plan to get their toy plane out of a tree. This book provides vibrant illustrations of all types of animals that help Rabbit with his situation. The sequencing of illustrations in order was similar to a graphic novel or comic-strip where each page carried out a different scene of the action. The structure of the plot revolves around Rabbit who always seems to cause unfortunate ...more
Kassidy Pine
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann shares the story of a friendship of a rabbit and a mouse. They find themselves in a predicament when rabbit decided to play with a new airplane and they find themselves caught in a predicament, but not to worry rabbit always reassures that he has an idea even though it may wreak some havoc.

The pictures drawn in this book correlates perfectly in symmetrical interaction with the words written. The way the illustrator uses the diagonal lines with the plane helps sug
Sarah Erbes
a. author: Eric Rohmann
b. genre: Fiction
c. publication date: 2002
d. annotation:
-The book begins with Mouse introducing his friend, Rabbit. They get an airplane stuck in a tree and Rabbit has an idea to get it. He starts to tug on something in the next page, which turns out to be an elephant. The mouse then get several other animals and makes a giant tower to reach the plane. They reach the plane just as the tower crashes down. Mouse repeats the phrase, Rabbit means well he is my friend. The
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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 Bone Dog, 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 ...more
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