The Bunny ate my homework
by Laura Anne Miller
We’ve had a bunny in our house for almost 13 years now. First Ziggy who lived to 11 and now Sully who is 2. These rascals have chewed through cords, shoes, books, toys and more.
My choice today for PPBF is also about a rabbit. It’s a re-released old picture book (er..make that middle aged picture book as it’s just a few years older than me). It’s one from my personal collection and a favorite of my grandgirls. It’s also one I keep up on a high shelf as my copy of the book had the binding chewed by our first bunny. (Note the upper left corner in the picture below-click to enlarge.) Be sure to scroll to the end to see some actual pictures of our current rabbit and cat.
Author: Clare Turlay Newberry
Illustrator: Clare Turlay Newberry
Publisher: Harper Collins 2008
Genre: Picture Book (based on a true story)
Audience Age: 4 & up (altho’ my 2 yr old granddaughter loves it)
Themes/Topics: Animals, Rabbits, Cats, Tolerance, Friendship, and (loosely) Adoption
Opening Sentences: “Oliver was a gray cat with tabby markings who lived in an apartment. Many a cat has to catch his dinner before he can eat it, but Oliver was lucky. ” [To truly represent the story I must also include the lines…] “A bunny’s a delightful habit, No home’s complete without a rabbit.”
Synopsis: A tabby cat content with his life and routine has his home turned upside down with the arrival of a baby bunny who thinks the cat could be his mother. The story unites two differing animals into one family. The author also includes poems about the bunny’s delightful and sometimes annoying habits from hopping and scampering, to leaping and chewing. “A bunny nibbles all day long, A bunny doesn’t think it’s wrong….He nibbles curtains, lamp-cords, shoes, He only stops to take a snooze….” There is mild tension when Oliver and Marshmallow are accidentally left alone together. While Oliver is considering springing upon the bunny, Marshmallow senses a potential mother. . . and you need to read the book to find out what happens. The charcoal illustrations are beautifully drawn and each one is true to life.
Why I like it: My daughter and family gave me this book on my first Grandparent’s Day. At the time we owned an 11 year old white bunny, a cat, and a chocolate lab all of whom co-habitated peacefully. Of course I fell in love with the book, just by its cover. I always take delight in drawings of baby animals, and nothing is much cuter than a baby bunny. Clare Newberry actually owned the cat and rabbit of this story and drew them from real life. Oliver’s discontent with the intrusion of this strange, white thing in his house is just the beginning of the bunny tail [oops-I meant to type that]. Marshmallow is lonely for his mother, and Oliver mopes while he is confined and not the center of attention, feelings to which children can relate. The story is delightful as are the illustrations. It is easy to see why this has been a favorite for over 65 years. My granddaughters give it 2 bunny ears up. [ I must confess this review may be biased since we have owned two house rabbits, one of which just went zooming by my feet as I write and has now stretched up to me for a head scratch. ]
Awards: Caldecott Honor Book
Activities/Resources: I found a “story book art lesson plan” at http://www.brightring.com/marshmallow.html There are some rabbit games and craft ideas at http://voices.yahoo.com/rabbit-lesson-plans-children-3933428.html
Availability: Available in hard and softcover.
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And if you would like a humorous devotion about rabbits click here.
Bunny’s favorite chew toy
by Laura Anne Miller
I can’t close this PPBF without also showing you two pictures of our cat & current rabbit – scroll down.
Enjoy the book (copies on Amazon of Marshmallow start at just $2.99) and blessings on your day!
Monet & Sully. I was trying to play w/Monet and Sully got jealous
Sully editing my latest manuscript.
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