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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; Enlarged edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436633
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind.



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"My friend Rabbit means well, but..." "Not to worry, Mouse, I've got an idea."
The downside of a good idea "...wherever he goes, trouble follows"

From Publishers Weekly

My friend Rabbit means well, begins the mouse narrator. But whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows. Once Rabbit pitches Mouse's airplane into a tree, Rohmann tells most of the story through bold, expressive relief prints, a dramatic departure for the illustrator of The Cinder-Eyed Cats and other more painterly works. Rabbit might be a little too impulsive, but he has big ideas and plenty of energy. Rohmann pictures the pint-size, long-eared fellow recruiting an elephant, a rhinoceros and other large animals, and coaching them to stand one on top of another, like living building blocks, in order to retrieve Mouse's plane. Readers must tilt the book vertically to view the climactic spread: a tall, narrow portrait of a stack of very annoyed animals sitting on each other's backs as Rabbit holds Squirrel up toward the stuck airplane. The next spread anticipates trouble, as four duckling onlookers scurry frantically; the following scene shows the living ladder upended, with lots of flying feathers and scrabbling limbs. Somehow, in the tumult, the airplane comes free, and Mouse, aloft again, forgives his friend... even as the closing spread implies more trouble to follow. This gentle lesson in patience and loyalty, balanced on the back of a hilarious set of illustrations, will leave young readers clamoring for repeat readings. Ages 4-8.
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Eric Rohmann was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1957. He grew up in Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. As a boy, Eric played Little League baseball, read comic books, collected rocks and minerals, insects, leaves, and animal skulls.

Eric has his BS in Art and an MS in Studio Art from Illinois State University, and an MFA in Printmaking/Fine Bookmaking from Arizona State University. He also studied Anthropology and Biology. Eric taught printmaking, painting, and fine bookmaking at Belvoir Terrace in Massachusettes and introductory drawing, fine bookmaking, and printmaking at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

Eric has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. He won a Caldecott Honor Book award for Time Flies, and a Caldecott Medal award for My Friend Rabbit. Eric has written four children's books: My Friend Rabbit, The Cinder-Eyed Cats, Pumpkinhead, and A Kitten's Tale. He recently illustrated Lois Lowry's Bless This Mouse and an old Scottish poem, Last Song. Look for Bone Dog out in the latter part of 2011.

Eric currently resides in a suburb of Chicago.

Customer Reviews

Beyond coloring, I love Eric Rohmann's use of line in this story.
"crazyaboutchildrenslit"
I did this because it is a great book to use when teaching young children about sharing and the importance of friendship.
S. Powell
This book is not only interesting for her to look at, but also for me when I read it to her over and over again.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are some books in the world that you can flip through in the bookstore and get a pretty good idea of the plot and characters. Then there are books like "My Friend Rabbit". Roughly a year ago I wanted to know what all the "My Friend Rabbit" fuss was about. I mean, this book was a 2003 Caldecott Award winner after all. I wanted to see why. So I went to my local independent bookstore and flipped through it. I flipped and flipped and was baffled by the heaping helpfuls of praise it had received. My haphazard flipping didn't reveal anything particularly interesting or original in the story. Fast forward a year and I've finally taken the time to sit down and read, "My Friend Rabbit" in its entirety (a process which took me all of 93 seconds). Suddenly I understood why it was so beloved. Though an incredibly simple plot, story, and set of characters, "My Friend Rabbit" is a remarkably beautiful tale of two woodland creatures and their plane related misadventures. It's simple in words and complex in visuals.

As Mouse points out from the beginning, "My friend Rabbit means well. But whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows". That's Mouse's nice way of saying that Rabbit is an all-time screw-up. In this particular outing, Rabbit has managed to get Mouse's brand new airplane (in which Mouse fits like a furry little Lindbergh) stuck in a tree sans Mouse. Quick as a wink Rabbit's off with a, "Not to worry, Mouse. I've got an idea!" thrown over his shoulder. Before you know it he's tugged, dragged, carried, and cajoled a wide variety of animals to stand on one another under the offending tree. Mouse is just able to reach the wing of his plane when the entire group comes crashing to the ground. Rabbit is in big big trouble.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although I was a little surprised that this book was named the Caldecott winner this year, the first time I read it to a class, I understood why. Kindergartners and first graders absolutely LOVE it! They laughed out loud and covered their eyes as the animals tumbled to the ground. I enjoy it more every time I share it with a group of students. It's first rate!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Maynard on June 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This was in the nightly reading stack for weeks and returns frequently. The book is short on words and requires you to look at the details before the whole story unfolds. We have had fun as we notice different details the more we read this book. My little one is about to turn 3 and may be on the verge of outgrowing this book. I'll be a little sad when she does.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am 7 years old and learning to read. I loved the story of My Friend Rabbit. It was something my Mum read to me once then I read again and again by myself. She was recently ill so I read it to her at night before I went to bed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year absolutely loves this book, especially the amazing illustrations. She laughes out loud every time we read it together.
I once asked her why did the rabbit go through so much trouble to get the plane back for the mouse; she answered "because the rabbit and the mouse are friends." I then asked her why didn't the mouse get mad at the rabbit and just leave; she answered "silly Mommy, I SAID they are friends."
I applaud Caldecott's choice for its 2003 medal winner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barton Spencer on March 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Our daughter took nearly a full year to appreciate this book.

She got it at one year old, and by two years old she can recite every line and describe every page, even when those pages are not in front of her - she does it from memory. She *loves* this book and asks for it several times a day.

The illustrations are wonderful, the quirky storyline is wonderful - for whatever reason, this book has driven itself into our daughter's mind and she cannot get enough of it, and we love reading it to her.... that is, when she is not reading it to us, even though she cannot read yet. She tells us the story from memory, and loves how all the animals go "plopping" after they build a huge animal tower and later fall.

Get this book. If for some reason your child doesn't love it, I'm sure someone else close by will. I don't know why it works, but it sure works with our daughter!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "crazyaboutchildrenslit" on November 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Eric Rohmann's book, "My Friend Rabbit," is about a mouse and a rabbit that are very good friends. Rabbit is the friend that is always getting into trouble, and mouse is the friend that always stands by Rabbit's side. In this story, Mouse lets Rabbit play with his new airplane, to which Rabbit gets the airplane stuck in a tree. Rabbit thinks he has the solution as he drags all the animals over to the tree and has them stand head to toe to reach the airplane. However, when the animals plunge to the ground, they are very unhappy with Rabbit. But, Mouse still loves Rabbit, and lets him fly away with him on his airplane.
In the book, "My Friend Rabbit," Eric Rohmann uses hand colored relief prints for the illustrations. I love the bold colors Rohamann uses in the illustrations to portray a joyful and energetic plot. Beyond coloring, I love Eric Rohmann's use of line in this story. He uses dotted and loopy lines to let the reader follow the airplanes path. I think children will love following the lines of the airplane's path.
I really enjoyed the use of line on the page with all the animals stacked up to reach the airplane. I think kids will enjoy turning the book to see how high the animals stretched up towards the tree.
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