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Rabbit Hill

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,043 Ratings  ·  311 Reviews
It has been a while since Folks lived in the Big House, and an even longer time has passed since there has been a garden at the House. All the animals of the Hill are very excited about the new Folks moving in, and they wonder how things are going to change. Its only a matter of time before the animals of the Hill find out just who is moving in, and they may be a little bi ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 15th 2007 by Puffin Books (first published 1944)
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Katya Reimann
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book did not win literary acclaim in its own time because it is a gentle-spirited, lovely, book about animals and their families. It won because it hints at the deeper perspective of the landscape in which these animals live.

The human presence on the landscape--fore-fronted in the story by a home sale, and a new human family renovating and moving into a home that has long been left empty in the center of a community of small, wild animals--is considered through the deeper span of history,
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bunny lovers
My bunnies approved.

Life on the Hill is changing with the arrival of New Folks. Will they be Good Folks, with a big luscious garden that the Little Animals can feast on? Or will it be Bad Folks, like the last ones, with traps, guns, and poisons?

Every animal in this book was their own character with their own voice. Father spoke like an Old Southern Colonel from Bluegrass Country (although this takes place in Connecticut - he must have married a Northern girl). Uncle Analdas was that cranky, para
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-classics
This is a really sweet book about kindness to animals (except dogs apparently - there's a scene where a woman throws a rock at a dog to keep it from getting a woodchuck. You shouldn't hurt dogs, even for the sake of other creatures!). The characters, both animal and human, are delightful and each animal has a unique dialect, similar to Redwall, which is a feature I always find amusing. The ending is definitely a surprise and a really good one (actually there's two surprises towards the end, and ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is incredibly dull. It is told from the perspective of rabbits and all the other animals as the new folks move into the old farmhouse and start growing things again. The animals have all been worried about finding food as there haven't been human gardens around to raid for several years.

In general, I don't like books that anthropomorphize animals. I also don't like when the natural world is romanticized to the effect that all creatures great and small can live in harmony.

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I read this multiple times as a child, and I'm just not sure why. I was taken fairly often to a very good library, so it's not as though I was starved for choice. I guess I was just very much a devoted rereader in those days. Revisiting it for the first time in roughly 33 years, by reading it aloud to my son, I found that there was hardly anything other than the lingering comforting sense of familiarity that I liked about it. There is not much plot. Some animals are hungry. Then new folks move i ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: newberies
The 3-star rating is NOT because it's a groundbreaking award-winning story. It's because I appreciate the cleverness of the Newbery committee for choosing this seemingly goofy book that has so much deeper meaning (especially in the time period that this won.) It's actually a pretty fun read, thanks to the lively humor and plotting. Sure, it's old-fashioned and corny, but that's the point. If you're ever feeling depressed by Newbery books, this will set you up for some good hearty entertainment, ...more
Some authors are so easy and fun to read aloud and Lawson is one of them. We both enjoyed the tight and somewhat gossipy animal community of Rabbit Hill, who are all agog that someone new is moving into the farm house around with they live. Will these people tolerate the animals in their vegetable garden or will they be vegetable misers? Read this funny and sweet story to find out.

Update: The review above was from 2008, when Logan was 4. We just read it again in 2013 and he's 8 1/2. He didn't r
Mary Lou
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
I hate to pan a Newberry Award winner, especially one that has kindness to animals as its main theme. Lawson's story, though, took anthropomorphism to extremes without any of the charm found in other animal stories (e.g. Charlotte's Web or the Beatrix Potter books). I didn't find the characters' personality quirks, such as the mother's endless worrying and the father's ceaseless boasting about his life in Kentucky, endearing, but annoying. Also, the misspellings within the quotes were, I'm sure, ...more
Melissa (ladybug)
A story about the little animals that live on the Hill. The House on the Hill hasn't had any people living on it and is falling apart. The animals find out that new people are coming and the book follows them as they wonder about the new owners and how they will treat the animals of the Hill. It was simple and sweet and just right for a new beginning readers' chapter book
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
2.5 stars. I liked that this was set in the area I grew up, but it was really slow moving. The author's illustrations were one of the highlights. But I kept wondering at the incongruity of the world. All the wild animals had an amicable society, including predator and prey. They could all talk to each other, regardless of species. But for some reason, domestic animals were animals--cats and dogs didn't communicate with them and were enemies. Chickens were a food source for the fox. Of course, th ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Book summary: A young rabbit named Little Georgie, shares with everyone that new folks are coming. All of the residents have an opinion and a hope for what is to come. Most are excited, yet some start to think that there are many things that can go wrong depending on who they are. The New Folks (you have to read to find out) treat the animals well, yet cause a small revolution between the animals, some sad things happen to the animals. Yet it ends with the chapter there is enough for all. This b ...more
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Minella, my third-grade teacher, first read this book to me as part of our class, and it has stayed with me since.
I'm glad to see that Robert Lawson's work was awarded a Newbery Medal, as he contributed quite a few very good books to literature for young readers. In fact, the Newbery Medal awarded to this book completed his trifecta of sorts, winning the Caldecott Medal for "They Were Strong and Good", illustrating a Newbery Medal winner (Elizabeth Janet Gray's "Adam of the Road"), and no
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another childhood favorite that holds up well. Robert Lawson both wrote and illustrated the book, something you rarely see anymore. I loved this as a child, and just re-read for the first time in a few decades. What stands out now for me is the beauty of the illustrations, very finely drawn portraits of more and less anthropomorphized animals and the weird conflict between almost communist ideals ("There is enough for all") and the racist, almost feudal ideal of the Good Folks and their servants ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The last time I read this book was long, long before Goodreads, so I hadn't ever entered it into my list. This time around, the story had special relevance to my own life. My husband and I are about to be the "New Folks comin,'" and we've been planning our garden. We'll be sure to keep the small animals in mind and be sure "there is enough for all." Maybe we'll even add a statue of St. Francis.

Another thing I love about this book is the references to the new Folks having too many books. We all k
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-winners
Newbery Medal Winner--1945

A cute of the few Newbery Medal winners so far that seems to target a younger audience. A sweet story with some lovable animal characters--I loved crotchety old Uncle Analdus and how all the animals interrupted Father when he started in on one of his long-winded stories. The animals talk, carry bags, make soup, and generally act like humans. They are nervous about the "New Folk" moving into the big house and are hoping for the best.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Listening to the audio...krb 6/6/16
This is starting out to be 2 stars but we are keeping an open mind and have one more cd to finish..krb 6/7/16

Jake and Ellie rates 4 stars, mom 3 stars. It did turn out much better in the end and we would listen to it again. It is a very slow/repetitive start to the story but progressively gets more interesting..krb 6/8/16
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I found this a little tedious until about the middle, then it finally got better.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
We loved this! It sparked all kinds of conversations as we approach planting season.
Artemisa Perucho-green
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read with my daughter! This is definitely a warm & fuzzy book.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery, children, 2013
It was cute and sweet, but it went right over my boys' heads, which made me not enjoy it as much. For my complete review:
Katie Fitzgerald
I am not at all a great lover of animals, so when I chose Animal Stories as this month's focus for the Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge, I was really pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. Thankfully, the first animal book I picked up this month was not a cutesy meditation on the merits of pet ownership or a thinly veiled lesson about animal rights, but a truly well-written story about a charming place called Rabbit Hill. The animals of Rabbit Hill have been on their own for quite some ti ...more
Carole Sparks
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: younger readers or as a read-aloud
This is one of those Newbery Medal books that make me question the committee's good sense. Even taking into account the award date (1945), this short book is a little foolish and simplistic, in the same category as Ginger Pye, the 1952 winner.

If your child enjoys humanistic animals that all talk and live together in harmony (as in, the fox doesn't eat the rabbits), he or she might enjoy this book. In fact, it might be an enjoyable re-aloud for the 6- to 8-yo set. There's a bit of higher-level vo
Kristi Richardson
"There is enough for all"

This is a truly wonderful book on humans as the stewards of the earth.

The animals of Rabbit Hill are waiting for the new owners of the property they live on. Will they be nice or will they be hurtful?

They are pleasantly surprised with the new owners when tragedy strikes and they are thrown in an uproar. Some side with the owners and some feel that the owners will build torture chambers and prisons for them.

The important message of this book is the fact that humans hav
Michelle Touketto
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book when I received it as a gift from my second grade teacher at the end of the year. I just reread it as part of a project for a college children's literature class. I think it's a delightful children's book with simple but interesting characters that make one really think about the other creatures that inhabit our world. If it takes a village, the animals are a part of that village, too.
Cute story. One written for a younger crowd. I'm kind of sad that the edition I read didn't have the author/illustrator's cover.

This would be a short and sweet read aloud for kiddos.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was very different from today's books but I still this think it is engaging I like animals so I recommend it to animal lovers and teachers who read aloud .
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully written book with darling black and white illustrations. I think this would be a wonderful book to read aloud to children during the summer break.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this about 3 years ago and forgot to put a rating on it. It was an okay book. It was made in 1945 so I don't really know if it was the best.
Laurie Smith
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A unique and charming childrens book which also holds appeal for adults.
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Born in New York City, Lawson spent his early life in Montclair, New Jersey. Following high school, he studied art for three years under illustrator Howard Giles (an advocate of dynamic symmetry as conceived by Jay Hambidge) at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now Parsons School of Design), marrying fellow artist and illustrator Marie Abrams in 1922. His career as an illustrator began ...more
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“Going to fetch Uncle Analdas. Have you been by the Hill?"
Just left there," Robin answered. "Everybody's excited. Seems there's new Folks coming."
Yes, I know," cried Little Georgie eagerly. "I've just made a song about it. Wouldn't you like to hear it? It goes like -"
No, thanks," called Robin.”
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