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My Friend Rabbit

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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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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midnightfaerie
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.
Lara's
Oct 20, 2008 Lara's rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 young...more
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
Jessica
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
Jess
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...more
Amy Holliday
Comments on the Story:
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!

Recommended...more
Bernice
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
Candice
May 04, 2011 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
June
Sep 13, 2013 June rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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
Talia
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
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...more
Makenzie
This story told by Eric Rohmann, features the friendship between mouse and his accident-prone companion Rabbit. On the first page Mouse explains, “My friend Rabbit means well, but whatever he does… trouble follows”. In the beginning, Rabbit launches Mouse in his toy plane, only for it to land in a tree. It continues with Rabbit gathering all the animals to form a tower in order to reach the plane wedged in the tree. With the plane recovered, one might assume that this narrative has come to a con...more
Chelsea Cameron
Rabbit is Mouse’s well-meaning, kind friend but yet is very accident prone. On the opening page Mouse says “My friend Rabbit means well, but whatever he does… trouble follows.” The story of Mouse and Rabbit is told with mostly illustrations. The illustrations are very colorful and very well done. It is easy to understand what is going on in the book with just the little information on the first page. In the beginning of the book Rabbit uses his toy plane to launch Mouse, which lands Mouse in a t...more
Margo Martin
My Friend Rabbit is one of my favorite children’s books, as I can imagine reading it to children and seeing their smiles, and hearing their giggles at this books upbeat plot. The book starts off with the introduction of rabbit, and how wherever he goes trouble appears, as it shows him throwing the plane into the tree. The rabbit quickly runs to fix what he has done and gathers an elephant, rhinoceros, and many more animals. The rabbit continues to gather more large animals and begins stacking th...more
Anna Summers
The Caldecott Medal book, My Friend Rabbit, is a story of Rabbit and Mouse’s loyal friendship. Rabbit gets Mouse’s plane stuck high up in a tree, and Rabbit gathers up a bunch of animal friends to stack up on each other to reach the stuck plane. At the end of the story, Rabbit gets the plane stuck again, but Mouse is a loyal friend and sticks by his friend’s side through thick and thin. I agree with this book winning the Caldecott Medal. The adorable watercolor illustrations capture the loyal fr...more
Sami Wilson
My Friend Rabbit is a really cute book all about a young rabbit who tend to break everything he touches. This book teaches young children to stand by your friends and never doubt them. They will always be there for you when you need them the most. The book also talks about team work and how important that is in a friendship and in everyday life as well. I thought that the illustrations in this book were outstanding. Some of the best art work I have seen in a long time. The pictures fit exactly w...more
Teddie Trombley
This story is about a little mouse who has a friend rabbit. The mouse loves playing with the rabbit, but every time they play together there is always trouble. For example the mouse and the rabbit were playing with this toy plane and the rabbit threw it but it got stuck way up high in this tree. The mouse was so up set. Then the rabbit gets an idea and runs to grab all these animals for help. One by one the rabbit grabs a different animal and stacks them on top of each other. Right when the mous...more
Jaycie Shearer
This book is very unique in how it is laid out. Although the illustrations and text are both accurate, they do not connect with each other. The illustrations do not portray the text until later on. If the text and illustrations were laid out separately, the same story would come out, but very differently. The illustrations are very unique in that they keep the reader guessing and constantly wanting to flip the page and see what happens next. The story is relatable in that the main character seem...more
Jill
Author: Eric Rohmann

Illustration: Eric Rohmann

Title: My Friend Rabbit

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Copyright: 2002

Genre: Picture Book, Caldecott Winner

Grade Level/ Age: 4 – 7 years

Lexile: BR

Rating: 5

Summary/Reason for Rating: This story is told by Mouse, who has a friend named Rabbit, who always gets into trouble, but Mouse is still his friend regardless. I rate this book a 5 for its uniqueness and creativity. There is only a few short sentences in the book (about 10 pages) and the rest of the b...more
Austin G
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Bonnie
My Friend Rabbit talks about when Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. Rabbit means well but he is much bigger than Mouse and when he tries to launch the plane it ends up in a tree, too high to reach. Rabbit tells Mouse not to worry since he has an idea. Rabbit gathers together lost animals and gets them to climb on each other. Reaching for the plane proves to be a disaster when the animal ladder collapses sending the animals bouncing ev...more
Courtney Schlenker
Everyone has that one friend who always comes up with these brilliant ideas that usually go wrong but you always stay friends with that person because they make your life more interesting and adventurous. "My Friend Rabbit" by Eric Rohmann is a story about two friends who are really close, one is always up to no good and getting the other in interesting situations. Mouse has a friend called Rabbit who always seems to get into trouble. One-day mouse was in an airplane and wants to fly in his plan...more
Sophie Gray
This book emphasized the importance of friendship throughout the piece of literature. The story line is based on the rabbit making his way of effort to save his friend that’s a mouse from the tree that he launched him in. The value of friendship is drawn throughout the literature as the rabbit continues to frustrate each of the animals that he uses in order to reach the mouse. However, the mouse, even if he may have been stuck in a tree because of the rabbit stays loyal to the rabbit and reminds...more
Andrew J
This book is truly deserving of a Caldecott Medal. The orientation of this book is horizontal, but about half-way through the book the pictures rotate 90 degrees counter-clockwise and give a vertical view of the shenanigans that rabbit is going through just to help his friend mouse. At the beginning of the story, one can see some of the peritext above the first image. This includes Library of Congress information and summary, but excludes the medium the images are in. From a novice's point of vi...more
Alexandria
This book is about a rabbit and a mouse who are best friends, but the rabbit is always getting into trouble. The rabbit flies their airplane into a tree and then gets it stuck in there! The rabbit tell the mouse not to worry and begins piling up large animals on top of each other to reach the plane including an elephant, rhino, hippo and many more. Right when they are about to reach the airplane all the animals come crashing down, but the mouse was able to grab it at the last second. Then rabbit...more
Melody Wolen
Reading Level: My Friend Rabbit
My friend rabbit tell the story of a mouse and a rabbit that are the best of friends. The rabbit is always getting into trouble and coming up with schemes to get out of it. He gets his plane stuck in a tree and decides to pile a bunch of animals on top of each other to reach it. Instead of reaching it, all the animals collapse sending mouse and rabbit tumbling to the ground. Nevertheless, mouse is still rabbit’s friend even though he is always getting mouse into al...more
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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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