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The Black Rabbit (Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press)) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Series: Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076365714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763657147
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-When a little white rabbit leaves his burrow one gloriously sunny day, he see a looming black rabbit. Readers will understand that the figure is only his shadow, but the unknowing bunny runs, with Black Rabbit on his heels. He tries hiding behind a tree and swimming in a river, but the creature is still there, following him to the other side. Desperate, he runs into the deep, dark woods where he finally escapes the black rabbit. But another threat, a wolf, awaits him there, with "two eyes shining brightly," and Rabbit runs back out of the woods with Wolf close on his tail. Will the wolf devour him? Is Black Rabbit still out there, waiting for him? In this simple picture-book tale of light and shadows, the protagonist learns that what frightens us most may turn out to be our saving grace. It's a tad hair-raising at times but the ending will please. Leathers's rabbit is charming, traveling on two feet, with an exaggerated stuffed animal form that is endearing and reassuring.-C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A little white rabbit can’t seem to ditch the hulking black rabbit following him. Kids will love being in on the joke here, as Black Rabbit is actually Rabbit’s shadow. Rabbit thinks he can lose his pursuer behind a tree, but as soon as he steps back out, there he is. Same deal when Rabbit takes a dip in the river—once he puts paw onshore, “The Black Rabbit climbed out of the water, too!” So our intrepid bunny runs into the “deep, dark wood,” where surely he’ll be safe. The two glowing eyes in the darkness, however, don’t belong to Black Rabbit but to a three-toothed wolf, and there’s only one thing able to shoo him away. Debut author-illustrator Leathers’ soft, textured watercolors are never very frightening (even the wolf is more dopey than fearsome), which makes this story—one that’s ultimately about friendship—ideal for the littlest kids. Befuddled animals are always adorable, and Rabbit, with his expressive ears and large eyes, is no exception. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley

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Very nice illustrations.
M. Heiss
The rabbit tries to come up with ways to ditch this interloper such as hiding and swimming across stream still can't shake this large black rabbit.
James N Simpson
We have a 2 1/2 year old granddaughter and 4 year old grandson and both have asked us to read and reread this story!
Gael Linn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Philippa Leathers' The Black Rabbit has a basic plot, a small white rabbit one particularly sunny day notices a big black rabbit following and mimicking it. The rabbit asks the large black rabbit what it wants, of course the black rabbit does not answer. The white rabbit becomes more and more annoyed and wants this rude uninvited stranger to get lost. Of course it doesn't. The rabbit tries to come up with ways to ditch this interloper such as hiding and swimming across stream still can't shake this large black rabbit. Maybe he can lose him in the dark woods? But is this really such a good idea?

The illustrations of the rabbit and other creatures are very basically drawn in a style kids draw animals themselves, against more detailed backgrounds ending up in a really nice visual result. The tale is a good one, you have to wonder why the white rabbit never encountered the black rabbit before this day, and the final page doesn't really stick to reality but other than that I can't fault this story and highly recommend it. This book also stimulates conversation about shadows, and when I read it I try and include a few shadows afterwards children can also make. A good book to come up with cheap entertainment and activities afterwards since all you need is source of light and an imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gael Linn on April 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We have a 2 1/2 year old granddaughter and 4 year old grandson and both have asked us to read and reread this story! They love the 'eyes in the woods' page; they also enjoy adding their own interpretation of the characters on the pages (naming which character they might be, etc).

The pictures and text are simple, the story feels 'original' to me.

If there are concerns about about a child's interpretation of this story one might take their little one outside on a sunny day and have fun showing them their shadow, make funny profiles with your hands, etc. I take mine out and use chalk to draw around their shadow at different times of the day to see the shadow change shape and move, that is fun, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LivinginBeauty VINE VOICE on March 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Kids -5 will LOVE this book.
Read it and see if they can figure out who the "black rabbit" is.
This is such a cute story, with a little suspense and a happy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JW on March 10, 2013
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Rabbit is really cool looking and easy to identify with. The action sequences are great! My only complaint is that the story seems a bit too short, and ends rather abruptly. I have already bought two more copies to give as gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana on March 1, 2013
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We thought this story was really cute! Both my kids thought it was funny that rabbit is just being followed by his shadow. It's not too long, not too short, a perfect read. Great for spring and Easter too. I would definitely recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Higgins on March 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book has a foreboding tone and some pretty scary pictures of a looming shadow and a toothy wolf. Not for the more timid toddler, and definitely not for bedtime.
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By FIRR-Kids! on January 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
One sunny morning, Little Rabbit is startled to discover there is a large, black rabbit looming behind him. Little Rabbit shrieks at him to go away, but his aggressor only stands dark and silent, unmoving. Poor Rabbit tries a multitude of tricks, hiding behind a large tree and swimming across the river, but that scary black rabbit is always just a step behind.

Little Rabbit is so panicked, that he unthinkingly runs straight into the deep, dark woods, which he would ordinarily be ultra careful to avoid. (So cute that the woods are marked with a large wooden entrance sign: "Welcome to the deep, dark wood.") True to their name, the woods are deep and dark .... but at least there's no sign of that big black bunny.

Just as Little Rabbit takes a seat on a tree stump and breathes a sigh of relief, he notices two slanted eyes peering at him out of the darkness. These eyes belong to someone much more threatening than the character who had been following him all day ... the Wolf! Rabbit panics and runs, with Wolf hot on his heels. But just as quickly as he appeared, Wolf disappears. Because there, standing behind Little Rabbit, in the bright sunshine, is the Black Rabbit.

I love all the little details of Philippa Leathers' little neurotic bunny! His stubby legs in proportion to those long ears,the high spots of color on his cheeks and those big eyes with the worried look. From the illustrations, even young readers will realize right away why the Black Rabbit is there. Super adorable book!
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I gave this book to my 3 year old grandson, but we had read it several times borrowing it from the library. I love how it presented a potentially scary subject (being followed by a black rabbit) in such a way that you see that it isn't all that scary after all. I think it helped to show him that not all dark, unknown things are necessarily going to hurt you!
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