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Moon Rabbit Hardcover – May 28, 2009

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*Starred Review* Little Rabbit loves the hustle and bustle of city life, but at night on her balcony, she wonders if there is anyone to laugh and have fun with. Someone like, well, her. Then one day she hears music so beautiful, she just has to follow it; she ends up deep in the park, where Brown Rabbit is playing his guitar. He plays, she dances; they tell each other their stories and for a while just enjoy each other’s company. Then, once more the city lights beckon, and no matter how hard he tries, Brown Rabbit can’t get Little Rabbit to stay. Once home, there are no regrets, especially because the friendship is intact and, as the last page shows, a visit is right around the corner. True, to adults this might have elements of a sappy breakup movie, but hopefully those aspects will elude children, who will instead be captivated by the joys of friendship and, more subtly, the longing to be oneself. The story’s considerable appeal is amplified by Russell’s exceptional artwork. Using her skills as a printmaker, she places her endearing characters on beautifully colored backgrounds so smooth they resemble suede. Leaves, flowers, stars, and a checkerboard moon decorate, giving the pictures a truly distinctive look that will appeal to both adults and children. A charming offering reminiscent of the city mouse–country mouse tale. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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[T]his tale spun as sweet as sugar...[is]an experience as pleasant as tea and a scone. --Kirkus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670011703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011704
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on March 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this yesterday in the bookstore and was blown away. I felt I had missed a Book of the Year. Then I looked on Amazon and saw only ONE review. How is that possible? Probably because Natalie Russell is a Scottish illustrator (first book: Hamish the Highland Cow) and not well known here in the US. Be that as it may, Moon Rabbit is a magical book. I do think my kids (age 4) will need a couple readings to fully appreciate the near apex of sadness toward the end. All is resolved, no fear! On that note, you can be sure I will get Brown Rabbit in the City as soon as it comes out later this spring.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My toddler loves this book--we got it from the library and he was so upset at returning it that it made it onto his Christmas list so now he has his own copy!

Plot:
"Moon Rabbit" is a lovely book where a little white city rabbit, Little Rabbit, is lonely and stares at the moon every night wondering if there's another little rabbit somewhere "out there" until, one moonlit night, she finds a friend, Brown Rabbit, who lives in a park outside the city. The two rabbits have a great time together but eventually Little Rabbit misses the city and goes home--but she is no longer lonely because she now has Brown Rabbit as her friend.

This book has a sequel: "Brown Rabbit in the city" where Brown Rabbit comes to visit Little Rabbit in the city and gets worn out because Little Rabbit runs him ragged trying to show him everything there is to do in the city. It all works out though--Little Rabbit figures out her mistake and they spend a quiet afternoon at a city park enjoying each others' company. To me "Brown Rabbit" is a bit preachy compared to "Moon Rabbit" and it bothers me that the two friends have to return to a park to enjoy each others' company; but my toddler really enjoys the drama of Brown Rabbit's distress followed by the happy resolution.

The illustrative style is very calm and quietly beautiful--it's well represented on the cover: that style and color pallet are used throughout.

I would definitely recommend this beautiful and sweet book.
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Format: Hardcover
I happened upon this book amidst a display of bunny books for Easter at a toy store. I read it all the way through and immediately thought it would be a cute gift not only for a child, but just as much (perhaps more so) for a twentysomething friend living in a distant place. The little white rabbit protagonist is a bit of an urban hipster, toting her favorite bag, visiting the cafe and the music store, riding in taxis. When she meets the little brown bunny he not only hops around the park enjoying nature, but he also plays the guitar, and the bunnies bond over music. Lots of us well past the "read to me, Mommy" age can relate to this story and its clever take on urban vs. park life.
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One of my favorite children's books. I hope it's not out of print because it should be enjoyed for generations. I love the balance between Moon Rabbit's independent side and her desire to connect with others. A great message for all kids, but especially for the little girls in your life. The sequel, "Brown Rabbit in the City" is equally enchanting.
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