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Rabbit Hill (Newbery Library, Puffin) Paperback – October 27, 1977


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Series: Newbery Library, Puffin
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 1 edition (October 27, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014031010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140310108
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Lawson (1892-1957) received his art training at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. His favorite medium, pen and ink, is used expressively and with detail in his black and white illustrations in The Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf). In addition to illustrating many children's books, including Mr. Popper's Penguins, Robert Lawson also wrote and illustrated a number of his own books for children. In 1940, he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his picture book illustrations in They Were Strong and Good and in 1944, he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his middle grade novel Rabbit Hill.

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We used this book for our family's read aloud time.
Yumuri
It will help children learn to teach animals with kindness.
seegreen
As for the story itself, it's very sweet and simple.
E. R. Bird

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on October 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
On a hill in the peaceful Connecticut countryside stands an old foursquare house, in which for many years there lived a family of good Folks. They respected the Small Animals that shared their Hill, their children played hide-and-seek with them on warm evenings and their old lady Spaniel even raised an orphaned fox cub. Then they moved away, and hard times fell upon the Hill. The Small Animals, forced to do their "marketing" in Fat-Man-at-the-Crossroads' garden, have wondered for a long time whether they would ever get such Folks again. Now, at last, New Folks are coming, and the question in every Animal's mind is, what kind of Folks will they be?

"Rabbit Hill" is perhaps Lawson's best-known book, though he wrote many that deserve to be returned to print. Based upon the actual hill on which he lived, it follows the adventures of the Rabbit family, Father (a Southern gentleman from the Kentucky Bluegrass who talks like a dictionary), Mother (a chronic worrier), Little Georgie, and the permanently-visiting Uncle Analdas, and their many animal neighbors--Willie Fieldmouse and his vast family, the forgetful Gray Squirrel, Foxy, Phewie the Skunk, old Porky the Groundhog, the Red Deer and his Doe and Fawn, Mole for whom Willie must often "be eyes," and more. His Animals are drawn lovingly and accurately both in words and pictures (he did his own illustrations) and behave recognizably as we might expect them to do if they were intelligent enough to speak to one another. And there's a surprising amount of excitement for such a short book: Georgie's flight from a pursuing dog and his remarkable leap across Dead Man's Brook, the question of whether the Folks will be Good Folks or not, and the aftermath of Georgie's mishap with a car on the Black Road. The close of the tale is heart-warming and beautiful. This is a kids' book to which I return over and over.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Yumuri on April 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to accompany the purchase of a rabbit for my son. We used this book for our family's read aloud time. We are already fans of Mr. lawson so it was with high hopes that we began this wonderful book. It is about animals and the hardships creatures encounter as a result of man's carelessness and selfihness. We rarely think about the impact our daily existence has on nature, especially the one that makes up our backyards. When kindly people move into the house on Rabbit Hill, the pooor existence of the animals takes a definite turn for the better. The humans are kind and are able to co-exist with all the different kinds of animals on their property. This book is fun but it an allegory for modern times as well. it ends with the placing of the statue of St. Francis of Assissi in the garden; a powerful reminder that we are stewards of God's creation.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Man, this is one awesome book! And if you think I just like it because I'm a kid, you are wrong! This book is great for all ages including the teen age. Rabbit Hill is about a colony of wild animals who live on Rabbit Hill. Next to Rabbit Hill is a house called the Big House with a patch of land for crops. Every year or so, New Folks come to live in the House. The last Folks were bad folks who didn't care for the bustling nature around them and didn't take care of the land. Now that New Folks are coming, everybody is afraid and excited, and soon all kinds of incidents and adventures happen. I'm not going to give away the surprise, but you should read this book. At some parts the talking is a bit like a formal, business style, which makes some parts just a bit confusing. But you'll anyway love it. All kinds of people will love the animals including Phewie the skunk, Willie the field mouse, Little Georgie the rabbit, and more. Like I said, it's not just for little kids, but for all ages.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read the book Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson and I would rate this book 4 stars.
In the book Rabbit Hill, the Folks that once lived in the Big House have moved away. The Folks that moved in after them let the lawn and garden go to the pits. The animals that live on The Hill are now forced to survive with very little. When word comes around that New Folks are coming, Little Georgie and all the other animals hope they are planting Folks. While Little Georgie goes to get his uncle, he makes up a song. The song's popularity grows within The Hill. Soon everybody was singing along with Little Georgie.
When the New Folks arrive the animals are so happy because they are planting folks! They even made the old garden bigger! The animals all decided to wait to midsummer's eve to pick to crops they need. When Little Georgie gets run over by a car, the Folks take him in to care for him. The animals think they are trying to torture him. Will Little Georgie survive? Will he make it back before midsummer's eve? You'll have to read to find out!
I would recommend this book highly to all age groups!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Plusle on November 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
New Folks are coming to the Hill! All of the animals are very excited, especially the rabbit Little Georgie. Times have been hard, food scarce - what a change New Folks would provide! But would they be decent Folk, or gun-slingers? The whole Hill watches and waits. The New Folks arrive, and they seem decent people - very decent indeed, and understanding of the needs of Small Animals. And it seems that good times have finally arrived - until something terrible happens to Little Georgie, and the Hill becomes filled with spite. Will good times ever TRUELY come? I love the characters - Father, the prim Southern gentleman with a love of bluegrass, Mother, the chronic worrier, Uncle Analdas, the grumbling bachler rabbit; and of course Little Georgie. I love the illustrations as well!
Subnote: Be sure to buy a copy with the Newbery medal seal displayed on the cover, copies without it cut out all mention of the Folk's black cook, Sulpheria. While she is not an important character, we just can't let censorship get in the way >: -(
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