Friday, June 11, 2010
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
There is something to be said for a book that was originally published in 1942 and has never been out of print since that time. Such is a the enduring magic of The Runaway Bunny. At its core the book is about the enduring love of a mother for her child and the lengths she is willing to go to keep her child safe, protected, and loved. Every child has a fantasy about running away from home, so does the baby bunny in this book. The book begins with baby bunny deciding to run away from home, but Mummy bunny says that is baby runs away she will run after him. This starts a very imaginative and highly creative game of chase between mother and child! Baby bunny talks about becoming a fish in the stream, a rock on a mountain, and a flower hidden in a secret garden. Each time Mama bunny comes up with an ingenious idea of how she would stay with him and bring him home. In addition to a fun story line, the illustrations in the book are very engaging for young readers. The pages alternate between black & white line drawing to fully coloured illustrations. It's a little thing, but it helps to keep the book interesting and appealing to young readers. Where to Buy: Given the enduring popularity of this story it is fairly easy to find in children's bookstore or online distributors.
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