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The Rabbits Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 15, 2003
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About the Author
Award-winning artist and author Shaun Tan has achieved international recognition for his work, including the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award for this book, an Honor Book Award for Memorial (with G. Crew) and The Lost Thing, an APA Design Award, an Honorable Mention at the Bologna Book Fair, three Aurealis Awards, and Spectrum Gold and Silver Awards. In 2001 he was named best artist at the World Fantasy Awards in Montreal. A graduate of the University of Washington in 1995, with honors in fine arts and English literature, he lives in Perth, Australia.
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Top Customer Reviews
To read this book requires understanding a little about its background. Originally published (as far as I could ascertain by the nationalities of the author and illustrator) in Australia, the book is about the effects of colonization. As you may recall, rabbits were once a foreign species that was introduced to the Australian wildlife with disastrous results. Devouring the native resources and spreading like mad, both they and cane toads are considered dangerous pests. Taking that idea as a starter, we follow the arrival of civilized rabbits on a vaguely Australian-like land. The story is told from the point of view of some brown curly tailed spear carrying native animals. As the book begins the native animals say, "At first we didn't know what to think. They looked a bit like us. There weren't many of them". Time passes and more and more rabbits come to the land.Read more ›
But I frankly take issue with the twerp who fusses about "revisionism" as though the destruction of aboriginal culture never took place and that they're only making trouble. Get over it pal - it happened.
I'd say buy it if nothing else for the artwork - it's the most inventive, clever vision of colonialism and culture clash you'll have seen for some time, with something for everyone there:)
I stumbled upon it again here at Amazon thanks to a review written by a complete stranger for another book by a different author, in which he referenced this book by name and author. I ordered it immediately, and am so grateful to have gotten a second chance to add it to my library.
Rabbits were introduced to Australia from Europe in the 18th century, and their effect on the ecology of that continent was devastating. Wikipedia claims they are "suspected of being the most significant known factor of species loss" in that country. Their use in this beautiful book as a metaphor for colonial destruction, both careless and deliberate -- of the environment, of native species, of indigenous culture -- is both genuis and heartbreaking.
I don't have children myself and don't know how old a child would have to be to appreciate this book rather than be bored or confused or simply put off by the bleakness of the allegory...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Surprising number of layers to this book. The artwork is very stimulating as well. The book has intrigued a range of age groups in our family. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Dagapela
The Rabbits is not a book for young children. It's a true picture book in every sense. It requires 'reading' the pictures as much as the text. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pear Tree Education
The Rabbits is a children's book fit for adults. First published in 1998, it is still as fresh as the day it came out. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ama Su Nilia
This book, imho, is too stylized for young children. It is similar in vein to Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (Classic Seuss) and Bill Peet'sThe Wump World, but quite frankly, they do it... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dug Fresh
I first came across this covering a class for a sick teacher. I was struck by the art work, and then impressed by the cleverness of Tan's story telling. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Justin Ratcliff
Nice book, in great shape. The price was much less expensive for the paperback than the hard cover book, but was just as sturdy.Published on January 19, 2013 by Mortdee
The Rabbits is a story about a race of indigenous creatures who lose their home to colonizing rabbits. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer
John Marsden, The Rabbits (Simply Read Books, 2003)
I was originally going to give this book a long, meandering write-up about immigration and xenophobia and Australian... Read more
This book needs to be studies very carefully! It is an excellent demonstration of the effects on environmental boundary conditions for the native people in lage areas. Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by Georg Schultheiss