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Thursday 14 March 2019

Review: The Runaway Bunny

Before Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd wrote another story that has been touching hearts for generations, The Runaway Bunny, first released in 1942.

Mother bunny's love for baby bunny is endless and knows no bounds. She is gentle and understanding towards her little rascal who wants to run away from home.

He threatens that he will become a fish and she replies that she will become a fisherman.
If he becomes a rock, she will become a mountain climber.
If he becomes a bird, she will be the tree that he will come home to.
If he becomes a sail boat, she will be the wind to blow him home.

Baby bunny comes up with several other situations and eventually realises that mother bunny will always find him and guide him home no matter what.

The book has a beautiful rhythm, a push and pull of baby bunny's claims to mother bunny's reply. It is soothing and tender with a dash of humour that creates a little giggle.

The text only appears on pages with black and white illustrations, that show the real world. While the wordless colourful double page spreads, show the pair engaged in the activities mentioned on the previous page. If you have read Goodnight Moon, then you will recognise one of the coloured double page spreads towards the end of the book.

I hope that you will fall in love with this classic and gather your little one into your arms as you snuggle and share this story, like so many others have before you.

Title: The Runaway Bunny
Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Clement Hurd
Publisher: HarperCollins, $14.99
Publication Date: 31 January 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780007494842
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book