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Rabbit's Gift

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  62 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 spreads among all his forest friends.
Admired picture-book team George Shannon and Laura Dron
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens

This is a beautiful book on the joys of giving. Great for kids.
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adorable! Would make a lovely storytime book.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The rabbit is getting ready for winter and finds two turnips but she was so considerate and gave one of her turnips to another animal friend. Then the other animal who was also warm hearted like her and gave the turnip to the other friend. Finally the turnip ends up at the rabbit’s house and they share the turnip altogether. This is a cute story but the story is too obvious to appeal to students so that teacher may be hard to motivate students, and this tale from China but I could not find any p ...more
Nothing about this folktale really says "Chinese" to me, but it's a good story about sharing when you have enough.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I love this story about what to do when you have enough. Beautiful illustrations in acrylic paint.
Delia Constantino
beautiful, simple story about the power of taking only what you need and thinking of others
Alyssa Tabor
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This folktale retelling has a sweet, almost "Gift of the Magi" feel it to it. Would probably be too long for my usual storytime crowd, but would be great for my adopt-a-class.
A sweet story of sharing that can be used with SS and SD. Daddy and SD may enjoy that it is based on a Chinese fable.
Laura McLoughlin
Cute story featured in a sharing themed storytime.
Relatable folktale for young children about the kids of being generous. Author note explains the origin of the tale. Text easy to read with lots of white space.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story about animal friends sharing their food during a heavy snowfall.
Melissa Newton
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Rabbit’s Gift: A Fable From China

Author: George Shannon

Illustrator: Victor Juhasz

Genre: Non-European Folktale

Theme(s): Kindness, Paying it Forward, Friendship

Opening line/sentence:
Rabbit twitched his nose in the cold, damp air.

Brief Book Summary:
When Rabbit senses that snow is coming, he quickly finds food that he will be able to eat before going home. He finds two turnips, and decides to leave one on Donkey’s doorstep after realizing that Donkey may not have been able to find a meal
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nice art and has a really nice message
Philip Carlson
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
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.
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
May 18, 2013 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
Lenise Jones
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs642
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!
Shelby Holloway
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
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.
The Reading Countess
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Lovely Chinese fable about kindness and 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.

Adriana Guillen
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
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!
Anne Levy
Dec 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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George Shannon is a popular storyteller and former children's librarian whose many notable picture books include Tomorrow's Alphabet, Lizard's Guest, and White Is for Blueberry. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!, illustrated by Laura Dronzek, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. George Shannon lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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