Even after Davie had had the little black rabbit, Shadrach, for several weeks, it was still almost unbelievable. Every morning when Davie woke up it was a miracle all over again there in his grandfather's barn sat a little black rabbit, and it was his. David had never been happier... until the day Shadrach slipped through the slats of his hutch and disappeared....more
This is a sweet story of a little boy getting and loving a pet rabbit. It's told with Meindert DeJong's amazing ability to understand the concerns and motivations of the very young. Even though very little happens, my children were riveted by the story, even my 9-yr-old son that usually gets bored when a book is all talk and no action. For example, DeJong conveys the agony of waiting a whole week for something good so convincingly that my children were in agony to hear what happens next. ...more
Another thing that Meindert DeJong does very well (quite possibly better than any other author whose material ...more
How delightful to spend time with a loving family. Great for any child who's wanted a pet of any sort. Loved the sibling rivalry - boys will especially appreciate the male attitude on a variety of subjects. Moms - be grateful we live in an age with antibiotics and vaccines. Who knows what illness he had, and survived! Great to actually have a father - and a mother!! - in a story plus grandparents.
If you're a Sendak fan, please don't be disappointed that he's still in his Marie Hall Ets phase....more
Davie, a young Dutch boy, gets a pet caged rabbit, Shadrach. Once it arrives, it seems nothing goes right, especially when know-it-all big brother Rem gets involved.
I got this book for my 7th birthday, according to the inscription. A long time ago, but it's stuck in my mind for all these years, perhaps in part for its unusual phrase "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-we-go." Mostly, though, because it's so well written.
I'm not a big fan of rabbits as pets (though we had o ...more
A Dutch Reformed author from 50 years ago, his worldview is Gospel centered, and leans away from the "too strict" camp.
In Shadrach, a father promises his little boy a pet rabbit. The whole book is an exploration of the boy's hopes and fears in expecting the rabbit. It is a well done look at how expectations can be shattered, diminished or adjusted by others or by events.
DeYoung really cap ...more
Also, I don't know what the whole just getting over being sick has to d ...more
This was cute. It being a children's chapter book, there w ...more
I'd forgotten about this book...and yet now that I'm thinking about it, I remember quite vividly my dislike. The first time I'd ever disl ...more
While the illustrations are wonderful and those of us who felt the joy of obtaining a pet and the sadness of losing the pet, I cannot recommend this one.
It is trite and fluffy.
De Jong immigrated to the United States with his family in 1914. He attended Dutch Calvinist secondary schools and Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and entered the University of Chicago, but left without graduating.
He held various jobs d ...more