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Home for a Bunny (Little Golden Book) Hardcover – January 10, 2012

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Generations of children have followed this furry, lovable bunny on his journey to find a home. A family favorite since 1956, Margaret Wise Brown's simple yet playful tale is beautifully complemented by Garth Williams's exquisite artwork. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

MARGARET WISE BROWN (1910-1952), best known as the author of Goodnight Moon, wrote countless children's books inspired by her belief that the very young were fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Among her many bestselling Golden titles are Mister Dog, The Color Kittens, The Golden Egg Book, Seven Little Postmen, The Friendly Book, and The Sailor Dog.

GARTH WILLIAMS (1912-1996) is known for his realistic yet highly expressive animal characters. His unique style has brought to life some of the best-loved children's books of the 20th century, including E. B. White's Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, and the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. He illustrated many timeless Golden Books, among them Baby Farm Animals, Mister Dog, The Friendly Book, The Sailor Dog,The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies, and The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Series: Little Golden Book
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; Reprint edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307930092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307930095
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By JAS on February 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Home for a Bunny is a gem, both beautifully written and illustrated. Its gentle rhythm is smooth, great for reading aloud, and reminds one of the journey the bunny is taking: "Down the road and down the road he went. He was going to find a home of his own; a home for a bunny, a home of his own, under a rock, under a stone, under a log, or under the ground. Where would a bunny find a home?" The illustrations are by Garth Williams, lending the story extra beauty and realism. (This same man illustrated the Little House on the Prairie books.)
HFAB is also a rarity in baby books in that it has a recognizable plot, with scenes and dialogue. This gives parents a chance to practice their storytelling skills. I enjoy using different voices for the characters (e.g., a low, low voice for the frog, and a nasal one for the groundhog). Plus, having a plot helps develop the child's ability to follow a sequence of events.
And for the crowning praise--it is my 2-year old's favorite book. As soon as we finish reading it, he asks to hear it again, and again, and again. How can a book get any better than that?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Holyoak on May 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was one of my favorite books when I was a child. I even bought a book to have in reserve BEFORE I got married.
Margaret Wise Brown has put together a rhythmic, engaging story about a bunny that seeks for its own place. As the story progresses there are lessons that can be learned and taught about changes of the seasons, and where animals live and what they do.
I like the pictures, the story, the whole ball of wax. We have read this book over and over to our children. When it resurfaces from the bottom of a stack of books it still gets read through a couple of times -- by popular demand!
5 stars all the way.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By portledgesteven on February 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a dear, sweet book. There are very few books I read as a child that I read again for the next generation, but I think we're on the THIRD copy of "Home For a Bunny" because it's read (and slept with) so often.
The illustrations are glorious - simple but colorful - they tell the story but don't get in its way. This helps the book work for children as young as 1 1/2 and as old as 5. The book is "only" about a bunny looking for a home and all the homes and friends he meets while he's looking. But isn't that what we're all doing - trying to find a safe, warm and happy place?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Home for a Bunny should be a part of every child's library. This was the first book I learned to read and 25 years later I am buying it for my new baby girl. The colorful pictures, rhythmic text, and the loveable ending are unforgettable. Home for a Bunny is a classic!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is such a sweet little book! Probably not much past age 5, but the story has a bunny looking for a place to stay or a home of his own. He proceeds to ask everyone he meets if he can live with them and they all say no. However, when he meets a little white bunny, the bunny takes him in and they then live together. The last picture is just so sweet with the two bunnies snuggling together. The illustrations make you touch the page because the bunny looks so fuzzy! It is very much loved in our house and we highly recommend it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Miranda Reseigh on September 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Home for a Bunny is one of the best books for children that I have ever read. Having said this, l hope that the people looking at this edition note that there are new illustrations mixed in among the original Garth Williams illustrations. I want the same version that I had when I was three and had the book memorized. New illustrations are completely unnecessary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My papa used to read this to me when I was a child, and then I apparently grew out of it for a while. I remember coming home from high school during finals week, exhausted. Dad saw me sigh and said, "Well, you're home for a bunny. You can relax now." Memories flooded me and we scrambled to find the book. Now, I've made it a tradition that when a family member or friend is expecting their first child, I give them a copy of this book. It's all about a little bunny(baby)coming home, isn't it? And when I was looking to buy my own first home...well, that's another story.

The writing is sweet and the illustrations charming. Highly recommended. It's a keeper, for sure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Harms on December 9, 2012
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I have loved this book for a long time. I read it many times to my own girls. It was the perfect book to purchase for my niece for Christmas. The story is so cute about a bunny finding the right home and companion. Along the way the bunny encounters other animals who live in homes that would not be suitable for him. It is written so well, with repetition and rhymes. The illustrations are great, with many recognizable spring wildflowers including tillium and trout lily.
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