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Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present Hardcover – September 26, 1962


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row (September 26, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060269456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060269456
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any collaborative effort by the esteemed Charlotte Zolotow and the illustrious Maurice Sendak is bound to be a success. These beloved creators of countless children's favorites outdo themselves with this 1963 Caldecott Honor-winning classic about a little girl in need of assistance. Finding a birthday present for her mother is no easy task for our heroine. Luckily, she happens upon the avuncular Mr. Rabbit, whose heart is in the right place, even if he doesn't always have the best ideas. Ultimately, his suggestions do come in handy, and between the two of them they determine the ideal birthday tribute: the gift of color. Children will join the protagonists in contemplating how to make the abstract tangible, and all readers will be delighted to see yellow translate to bananas, as green is given in pears, and blue takes the shape of grapes.

The soft, muted colors of Sendak's illustrations are reminiscent of a Monet landscape--utterly appealing and dreamy. And the reflective, sing-song dialogue between Mr. Rabbit and the girl is as deliciously lulling as a shady swing in a hammock. This quiet, peaceful book is a treasure for any shelf. (Ages 4 to 8)

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"An outstanding book [that] can be read by first-graders." -- --SLJ. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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My daughter received this book in her Easter basket and she absolutely loves it!
Chantal Nostrand
Sendak's illustrations are softer and dreamier here than they are in his more well-known books, which goes well with the dream-like quality of the story.
Cynthia Kelley
This book can be only be described by plucking a word right from the title and thats "LOVELY".
Miss Dahl

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has been a favourite in my family for about 30 years! The central idea of the book is simple and heart-warming, and is demonstrated in an almost hypnotic formula throughout the text. This means that, after just a few pages, the child being read to can join in and have the satisfaction of guessing correctly part of what is coming next. The theme is one which can be applied in the child's own life, and from my own experience, I can promise that it stays with you for a very long time. The illustrations are beautiful; as far as I know, they are quite unique in Mr Sendak's output. They add meaning to the text, and help to make this a classic. I would recommend reading this to anybody from 3 to 7 (and any adults who happen to be around!).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Treetop learning on November 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I had originally given this book a 4 star review, but in hindsight, I think it deserves 5. (The site wouldn't allow me to edit my star rating- sorry). This is a book that I would like to have discovered earlier, but my four year old boy enjoys it anyway, and I would gladly add it to our family library. A 2 or 3 year-old would easily appreciate this story as well. Both the author and illustrator are accomplished and well respected, and the proof is in reading it to a child. Children love the idea that they can converse with the animals, and Mr. Rabbit and The Lovely Present all but makes it seem possible to the reader. A valuable life lesson is well taken from a well meaning and sympathetic rabbit, in a young girl's search for great gift ideas for her mother. A tiny bit redundant from a grown-up's point of view, but the audience gets the bigger vote (children love repetitive stories and gain much from them). I'm hoping that demand will bring this book back to the printers for the next generation of readers, Especially considering the copyright date (1962). Judging from the illustrations, I would have placed it somewhere in the early 30's 40's. This book must have been very popular in the sixties with parents looking for wholesome stories and rich, high quality artwork for their children.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E. Mcfadden on July 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was my favorite book when I was little. The dialogue, which follows a clearly-defined pattern without being repetitive, and the gorgeous illustrations are calming without being boring. Now that I am expecting my first child, I am thrilled to see that this classic is still in print.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lin on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I received this book today and am so pleased that I bought it because it's a stunning book. It's a lovely little tale (already explained by other reviewers!) that contains subtle repetition for early readers and would be great for teaching colours to a younger child. The illustrations are lovely and have a 1960s feel about them - subtle but intricately drawn and enhance the text perfectly (they don't look anything like the illustrations of We're The Wild Things are but are equally as fantastic!). I think you'd be really hardpressed to find anything faults with this book - a totally charming must have classic for your children's library - don't pass this one up. It's one of those books that totally enchants you the very first time you read it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Bauer on July 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a student at West Virginia State College I was required to view a Calecott honor award winning book. I chose this book because of the beautiful illustrations. A little girl asks the assistance of Mr. Rabbit in deciding what to get her mother for her birthday. Mr. Rabbit suggests some rather foolish gift for each of the colors the little girl says her mother likes. He suggests such things as a red roof and a blue lake. Each time he also suggest a fruit of that color. The little girls says her mother likes that fruit but she needs something else. After they go though a few colors the little girl relizes she could make a fruit basket. Mr. Rabbit says he has a basket.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Dahl on March 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had never even heard of this book until I stumbled upon it at the library. This book can be only be described by plucking a word right from the title and thats "LOVELY". My daughter could not get enough of it! The conversations between Mr. Rabbit and the little girl are simply so realistic I'm almost shocked cause I found myself wrapped up in it as well. It is too cute! The only negative observation I have is my daughter found Mr. Rabbit a little creepy but Maurice Sendak has a slight darkness to him so maybe thats it. Don't let that stop you from buying this though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chantal Nostrand on June 13, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My daughter received this book in her Easter basket and she absolutely loves it! It is a very cute story that keeps my five year old's attention and has her begging me to read it again. My cousin recommended this book, remembering it from her childhood 20+ years ago. This book would also be a great story to incorporate into an art teachers lesson. It talks about colors and could have endless possibilities in the classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmf1111 on June 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as a child. The illustrations are so beautiful and I loved the story about the mother liking colors, and trying to think what might represent that color. My two and a half year old recently discovered this book on the shelf and loves it too! I always ask her what red thing they could give the mother, and its so fun to hear her answers! The dialog is very realistic yet has a rhythmic soothing quality to it. She loves when Mr. Rabbit and the little girl discover the fruits to represent the colors that the mother likes so much. Its one of my favorite ones to read her, and fortunately its one of her favorites too!
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