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Rabbit's Gift

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Snow is coming, coming soon, so Rabbit needs to find food fast. Just in time, a turnip turns up, and a second one, too. Who in the woods wouldn't want to tuck away an extra turnip for the long winter? Not Rabbit. He chooses a different path--and starts a wave of generosity that spreadsamong all his forest friends.

Admired picture-book team George Shannon and Laura Dronzek h
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Genre: Folktale Reading level: Ages 3-7
Re-gifting, frowned upon during birthdays and holiday times, finds respect in this Chinese folktale. Rabbit is cold and hungry and knows that he must find food for the coming winter. When he finds a great treasure, an extra turnip, he graciously decides to share it with a friend. Donkey isn’t home, so Rabbit leaves the gift for him to find upon her return. Donkey is surprised by this generous donation, but feels that there might be someone who needs it more
This is a Chinese folktale where Rabbit is cold and hungry and knows that he must find food for the coming winter. When he finds a great treasure, an extra turnip, he graciously decides to share it with a friend. Donkey isn’t home, so Rabbit leaves the gift for him to find upon her return. Donkey is surprised by this generous donation, but feels that there might be someone who needs it more than she. Again, it is left outside the door for Goat is away. Goat fears that the turnip may have been lo ...more
Philip Carlson
This short fable involves a group of woodland animals and their generosity of putting others first as they attempt to find food before the falling snow accumulates. The story begins with Rabbit finding two turnips prior to the snowfall. While Rabbit eats the first turnip, he can't help but think about Donkey on the nearby hill, and wonders if she's found enough to eat. Deciding to share his last turnip with Donkey, he rolls the turnip to her door, but she's not home. Rabbit leaves the turnip an ...more
Angela Hutchinson
This is a book that could be used to teach children about sharing and manners. I loved the story about the Rabbit that did not want to feel greedy so he sets out to leave a turnip for his friend Donkey. Donkey had found a potato and felt that was plenty for him to eat, so he took the turnip to the goat. Goat had found some cabbage which was enough for him, so he took the turnip to Deer's house. Deer had found a carrot and that was plenty for him. Deer takes the turnip back to Rabbit. When rabbit ...more
As I opened the book I recognized the style of Laura Dronzek, a style we really liked in Birds. She's also drawn rabbits for Kevin Henkes (see Oh!). This is a very sweet tale of sharing. I like how the generosity replicates and spreads like a wave. While I didn't like it as immensely as Birds, in which the colors of the acrylics are just so satisfying, I really liked the message and it's definitely a book to recommend.
CIP: " Woodland animals, each thinking of his neighbor, share a turnip left on their doorstep."

Rabbit's act of kindness is reciprocated by his woodland neighbors, and eventually comes full circle. A beautiful retelling of an ancient Chinese tale based on caring and compassion, and the gorgeous illustrations are a delight all their own. Appropriate for ages 3 up to 8, Rabbit's Gift would be useful in a project on compassion and sharing.

SLJ: Favorable review: "A terrific seasonal storyhour selecti
Lenise Jones
Shannon, G.& Dronzek, L.(2007). Rabbit's Gift Florida: Harcourt Books.
Picture Book Soak
Story about a Rabbit who discovers the meaning of paying it forward. Excellent book to teach K-3 about the importance of being a good citizen. While this picture book utilized words, the design of the illustrations make it possible for students to understand the story without reading the words. I loved this book and am thinking of buying it to save for my classroom when I become a teacher!
I've read a version of this story before. I enjoyed this version as I felt it didn't use too many words to tell the simple story of characters thinking of others before themselves. It is sweet and fun for a little one to fill in the words that are repeated in the expected spots because everyone leaves the turnip on a neighbor's doorstep.
Meredith Kaupp
We were lucky enough to have Mr. Shannon visit our elementary school today. He is an excellent and engaging speaker. This is a lovely book about friendship, watching out for each other, and sharing.
The story is sweet, and competently told, but it is the utterly charming illustrations that steal the show... er... book.
May 18, 2013 Veronica added it
Shelves: manners
I'm working on creating a booklist for my local public library. This book was one in consideration for this list.

I am definitely putting this book on my list. Not only that, but I absolutely loved it! The illustrations were beautiful, the story was different than most fable/parables/etc. Truly an originally creation.

It follows one kind deed that gives way to another and another. It could be interpreted as representing an ideal community/society(bit of a stretch, but...), but I think the main poi
book about giving that isn't preachy
illustrations are beautiful
The Reading Countess
This is a new book to the school library read to my youngest son's class for parent reading. The story of friendship and "pay it forward" is seen in this sweet story about animal friendship. Passing along a precious turnip, the animals discover that they are all one big family. The colorful yellow bird on most pages makes this a delightful book to share.
Shelby Holloway
In this book the rabbit is preparing for the winter and searching for food. The rabbit finds one more nut that it needs so it displays kindness by sharing what he didn't need with other animals. In the end every animal shows kindness by passing the extra food to one another and it ends up back with rabbit.
Feb 10, 2015 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Lovely Chinese fable about giving to others who are in need. The acrylic paint illustrations are colorful and the characters are cartoonish. We liked seeing the Chinese characters and appreciated the translation at the end of the story. It's a short and simple tale and we enjoyed reading it together.

This is my favorite children's book i have read this semester. I would use this book in younger elementary school students to teach about sharing and caring about your neighbor. This book is a great way to teach good citizenship and caring to your young students.
Kirsten Murphy
Re-read 2015 as a kickoff to a challenge with kinder - 4th to spent the month of January practicing generosity by giving gifts from the heart. The simple ways the students have planned to show kindness, friendship, and concern for others are amazing!
Adriana Guillen
This cute little fable was enjoyable to me because it teaches anyone about sharing and how to grow as a caring and considerable person. If you care for others, others will care for you. I enjoyed reading it to my son, it is a great story to read to kids.
Another book for kids that adults can appreciate. The message is about giving & sharing. The story takes place on a wintry night when animals are looking for food. Very pretty illustrations make this a cozy bedtime book for a winter night.
Anne Levy
Dec 09, 2007 Anne Levy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children
The rabbit in this story starts out with an extra turnip, and winds up with a lot of friends.

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adorable illustrations, sweet story, preferred the print version; the e-book was sloppy

themes: animals, China, deer, donkeys, folktales, food, goats, rabbits, sharing, turnips, Winter
The Library Lady
Sweet illustrations. The story expresses the message of sharing and giving without driving home the moral with a sledgehammer, and is told in a way that is just right for preschoolers.
This is a very simple fable about sharing. Comfortingly repetitive text, lovely, simple illustrations. A nice read-aloud, but not spectacular in terms of audience engagement.
What could be better than a bunch of animals sharing a radish? Wait until you check this Chinese Fable and learn the pleasure of giving.
Another great find at the public library. I love the illustrations in it and all of my munchkins enjoy the humor of the story.
Amy Brown
Dec 02, 2007 Amy Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friendship, sharing
Shelves: k-3rdgrade
in this Chinese folktale, woodland animals, each thinking of his neighbor, share a turnip left on their doorstep.
I enjoyed the story and the teaching of it. Not as happy about the rather vague attribution of the folktale.
Mar 21, 2008 Sandy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents children
Shelves: childrens
It's a great book about sharing and giving. It's a very cute book and the illustrations are also great.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was a simple but effective story illustrating how kindness comes back to the one who gives it.
My favorite story about sharing, making friends and being a good neighbor. Plus, I love turnips!
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