My Friend Rabbit Review
Written by: Eric Rohmann
Illustrated by: Eric Rohmann
Age Range: 3 and up
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Awards: Caldecott Medal
“My Friend Rabbit” is about a Mouse and his best friend Rabbit. Rabbit is a well-intentioned animal that wants to help Mouse get his toy airplane out of a tree.
Enlisting the help of other animals in the area (with some not knowing what is going on), Rabbit tries to reach the plane in the tree.
Ultimately, we come to learn that Mouse appreciates his friend Rabbit and his kindness no matter what happens.
What Worked For Me
The illustrations really carry the story and they’re very engaging. The illustrations are what set up the problem for the characters, which is to get Mouse’s toy plane out of a tree. I really loved that the book didn’t have Mouse actually state the problem they were trying to solve.
The illustration showed the plane in the tree and then had Rabbit say “Not to worry, Mouse. I’ve got an idea!” Giving kids the opportunity to infer and connect the dots in this way is fantastic.
The book encourages the concept of trying. Test an idea and see if it works. If it doesn’t, think of another way and try again. I love that Rabbit isn’t afraid to try new things and not back down when there’s a problem that needs solving.
Loyalty. I loved how Mouse still saw the good in his friend Rabbit, even after some of Rabbit’s ideas failed. The book demonstrated what it looks like to be a good friend and see past someone else’s faults.
I think I need to mention the incredible upper body strength of Rabbit! It’s out of this world! He should enter some competitions or something.
What Didn’t Work For Me
The book is too short of a read. I want this book to be twice as long and show Rabbit truly fail, then try again with a different idea. Basically, where the book ends, tell that story to make the book twice as long. It’s entertaining to witness Rabbit problem-solve and test out his ideas! I wanted to see more of it.
Here’s the metric I use: When you’re a parent and your child asks to read this book 3 or more days in a row, how likely are you to want to jump head first through a wall?
This book is a wonderful little read. My kids really love the illustrations and laugh out loud multiple times with each reading it seems. I don’t mind reading this book over and over again.
My 4 year old loves it. My 2 year old loves it. I really enjoy the book as well. The book is funny and encompasses positive messages about loyalty and never giving up. Give it a read to your kids! I’m sure they’ll enjoy it!
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