The Runaway Bunny
A little bunny keeps runningaway from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.
The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic...more
My darling Jess decided to run away as a tot. Always the independent sort, the rules of the house were getting to her. Don't clunk your brother on the head, don't steal cookies, don't glue the cat to the floor, the usual. She packed a backpack, put on all her accessories (she was quite into a tiara and lots of beads back then) and set off. I was being the free to be you and me mom I tried to be when not hollering at my children - so I kept my distance and let her leave. With me shadowing her. It...more
It's especially a great book to read while you're preparing your little one for the arrival of a new sibling.
I probably won't do this justice, but I'll have a go. The story begins like this:
Once there was a lit...more
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When this book arrived I was excited to read it! Purely from the recommendation from Emma Thompson on the front cover. I thought if the modern day ‘Ghost’ writer for Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit loves this book on bunnies, well who will I be to argue?
It’s a beautiful picture book, and the mix of Clement Hurd’s illustrations between colour and black and white is actually quite refreshing (for an old bo...more
I think it is best to have...more
Reading level: 2.8
Genre: Picture Book
Main Characters: Little Bunny, Mother Bunny
Setting: Their home, and a variety of other settings.
POV: Third Person
In this tale, a young bunny rabbit tells his mother that he plans on running away. The mother relays ways in which she would prevent him from ever leaving her. When the little bunny says he will be a ship and sail away, the mother says she will be the wind that blows him back to her. For every scenario the litt...more
Anyway, a fun story about a child who wants to get away from his mother and the lengths she will go to, in discussion, to find him. It can be interpreted as creepy and controlling, much like Rainbow Fish can be viewed as bribe people to become your friends, but there's a quality to the art that makes it endearing.
The format of the story is repetitive, son's move a...more
During the conversations between the little bunny and his mother the illustrator has black and white sketches on the page. The next two page spread is in full color showing exactly what would happen if the bunny hid from his mother. To me the black and white illustrations th...more
The way I would incor...more
'The Runaway Bunny' has a beautiful message about the efforts somebody will go to for a loved one. It is clearly illustrated by Clement Hurd, making the message very clear for Nursery stage children onwards, probably as a reading to the class. The use of imagery in the language also makes it a useful short text for inspiring creative writing for up to Year 2. The way in wh...more
Natural disasters, partisan rancor, unspeakable acts of violence around the world — what's not to worry about? It may sound silly, but this children's classic will offer you a sliver of comfort in this scary world. The bunny's mother, who will "walk across...more
This book is special to me and my son because of the circumstances that led to our owning it. I had a c-section with my son and was just recovering when the nurses told me that if I could walk...more
Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem....more