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Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Tiny rabbit dreams of growing as big as the forest and as tall as the trees, yet no matter how hard he wishes, he stays the same small size. But in a jungle filled with beasts both big and small, perhaps being tiny is just right! Inspired by the rhythms and humor of Afro-Cuban folktales, award-winning author Margarita Engle wrote this charming picture book in honor of ever ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Stella Fowler
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My joy in this book can be pin-pointed to the line "but he grew to the height of a slightly taller small rabbit." I love books that help children realize that no matter how much they wish, or how hard they try, they will always be the marvelous person they are supposed to be. Whomever that is. And Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish is exactly that kind of book.

What I like best about the book is that while tiny rabbit could get depressed and sad, he's always hopeful, and seems to always find the positive. Ma
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Two great lessons blended:
No matter how hard we wish for things, it won't make them come true
What we think is a disadvantage may someday be a life-saving advantage
Various sizes of text helps emphasis the qualities Tiny Rabbit wants but doesn't get.
Great size for cuddling up, or a small group of listeners.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Two friends - mouse and mole - set out in the dark on an adventure. Meanwhile, the big and growling bear also sets out as he's hungry. Love the surprise ending that the three of them are friends and get together to have a feast.
The illustrations are lovely and support the text.
Brindi Michele
this would be really cute with yoga :)
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Little One: We are stardust.

Love Poem: Wish upon your shooting star.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet story book!
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tiny Rabbit from the very beginning has a big wish. He either wants to be taller, larger, stronger or just better than what he is. Eventually he does grow to have two very strong and good ears to hear anything in the forest. When he hears a tiger he is eager to go back into his little home and is thankful that he is so small that he can hide away.

The major theme of this book is one that the grass is always greener on the other side. Another way of saying it is to be content and happy with yourse
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a typical tale of the youngster yearning to be bigger only to discover that as he grows, things have a way of working out. Tiny rabbit dreams of being big. He longs for long legs, big eyes, a big nose and tail and the strength of a gorilla. But when his limited growth in stature is accompanied by the development of his over-sized ears, he soon realizes the amazing purpose of this natural order. His big ears help him hear not only pleasing sounds, but also the sounds of approaching danger ...more
Heba Badr-El-Din
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish' is about a tiny rabbit that continuously wish to be bigger, stronger or more powerful animals then himself. However on day this tiny rabbit grew into his ears and he knew he could hear things that other couldn't. That's when he knew he was he was happy being his small self. This books major theme is about accepting yourself for who you are and no one else. When I was younger I always wished to be my sister, however it wasn't until I grew that I understood that I should b ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Tiny rabbit wants to be big and strong, but the only thing that seems to be big for him are his ears. However, he soon realizes that his big ears are very useful because they allow him to hear all sorts of things -- including a hungry lion. And his tiny frame is useful too because it allows him to hide from the hungry lion. The acrylic illustrations are adorable, although I'm not quite sure what forest animals are doing in a jungle animal habitat. Also, the text in this book is a little bit on t ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tiny rabbit dreams of growing huge with legs as tall as trees, with a nose as long as an elephant's trunk, but instead he grows by tiny increments with his ears growing long, tall, and powerful to protect him from rhinos stomping and lions hunting so he could remain happy, smart, and small. The illustrations are clever from the bunny walking on stilts to a woodpecker pecking out a height chart against a tree. The artwork is created by hand using acrylic paints which is colorful yet gentle. This ...more
Sunnyvale Librarian
Tiny Rabbit’s wish is to be big and strong and powerful. As time goes on, the
only part of Tiny that grows very much is his ears. His ears grow long and
his sense of hearing is attuned to all of the sounds in the jungle, great and
small. Young children aspiring to be tall like mom or dad or as strong as an
older sibling will identify with Tiny Rabbit’s desire to be bigger but they will
also appreciate that Tiny is very smart and clever and that his size is just
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tiny rabbit wishes that he were taller and more powerful like the gorilla and the giraffe. Tiny rabbit doesn't grow very much, but he does grow two big ears that help him hide from the hungry lion. Tiny rabbit learns it is good to be small so that he can hide. The book would be appropriate for teaching children vocabulary related to wild animals. Some terms might be over young children's understanding. ...more
Super-duper sweet story about Tiny Rabbit who wishes to be bigger. He does not grow to be as tall as Giraffe or as powerful as Gorilla, but his ears grow strong enough to hear when Lion is coming. Escaping to his cozy, safe den makes him very glad to be tiny. No dialogue in this book, so it has a bit of an old-fashioned, cuddle-up feel to it.
Great Books
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Every child worries about growing big enough, and Tiny Rabbit is wishing just that. Bright illustrations represent the text perfectly. Sometimes a big wish isn't what's needed. Could Tiny Rabbit be the just right after all? Reviewer 13 ...more
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Adorable! The images are so soft and sweet, and the rabbit has the cutest personality. The author told me this book is inspired in part by a folk tale, but also by a little rabbit who ran right past her big dogs and into her garden without a care in the world.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet story of a tiny rabbit who wishes and wishes to be bigger and stronger and eventually faces reality. I love that he remains hopeful, in the midst of sadness and reality. A nice read aloud to a small group or one-on-one.
Edward Sullivan
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Tiny Rabbit learns the valuable lesson that bigger is not necessarily better.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
There are good things about being small.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Little rabbit wishes he had some of the traits of other animals, but he eventually learns to appreciate his big ears.
Dana Pressnell
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Being content and thankful after all.
Tracy Morton
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Good for small children who are learning size adjectives.
Josie Stewart
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Sweet illustrations and descriptive language with a wonderful message in accepting our own gifts and using our uniqueness.
Jeff Corrigan
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An adorable story and a beautifully illustrated book! Author Margarita Engle is a Newbery honor-winning author and David Walker's illustrations are topnotch! A big thumbs up. ~The Librarian Uncle ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love it that this book has words highlighted in different fonts and colors so that the word looks like what it means. Also a very sweet story.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A story about a tiny rabbit that wishes more than anything to be a HUGE rabbit. But when a hungry lion happens by Tiny Rabbit discovers that being tiny isn't so bad after all! ...more
Maggi Rohde
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Being small isn't always bad. I wish the publisher hadn't chosen cursive for the text inside, though; it makes it very hard for younger children to read. ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! I loved the illustrations!
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a good book about self-acceptance.
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Tiny rabbit is adorable.
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Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She lives with her husband in northern California.

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