Title: The Runaway BunnyThe Runaway Bunny
Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Clement Hurd
Pages: 40
Reading Level: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Written by Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, Pussy Willow, and The Sailor Dog, The Runaway Bunny tells the story of a little bunny who wants to run away from his mother – but whose mother will not allow him to escape.

If you run after me,” said the little bunny, “I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.”

“If you become a fish in a trout stream,” said his mother, “I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”

The little bunny names all manner of things he will become – a crocus in a hidden garden, a little sailboat, a flying bird, and a rock on the mountain – but for each of these, Mother Bunny has a rejoinder. If he becomes a crocus, she will become the gardener who waters the crocus. If he becomes a sailboat, she will be the wind that blows the sailboat on its course. Each of these scenarios is accompanied by illustrations depicting these fantastical little schemes. Some parents may dislike the little bunny sprouting wings to fly like a bird and Mother Bunny turning into the tree that he comes home to, but the text makes it clear that these things aren’t actually happening.

Conclusion. Just as good as Goodnight Moon.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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