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I should explain my prejudice. I and my father each raised commercial rabbits for meat, fur and medical research. Most commercial rabbit farmers will tell you that the thought of eating a pet rabbit has cost the industry lots of money. Rabbits are lower in cholesterol and fat even than chickens. Rabbit is probably the healthiest source of meat protein on planet Earth.
Okay, I'll get off my soapbox and explain what I most dislike about Everything About Rabbits:
First - It's impossible to tell everything about rabbits in a 35-page book. A better title would be, A Child's Introductionto Rabbit Breeds and Their Care. UPDATE: the author informs me she has included photographs of the various breeds, greatly improving this book to four stars, in my opinion, so I have raised my rating.
Second - as the author does state, do not feed lettuce to rabbits. Iceberg lettuce will kill a bunny. One, it has no nutritional value for rabbits (or tortoises) AND is addictive. Rabbits (and tortoises) that get addicted to iceberg lettuce will starve to death because they'll eat nothing else. Romaine lettuce, on the other hand, is good for rabbits and tortoises, especially when fed in moderation.
Third - no photographs. I can't imagine how anyone, especially children, could enjoy a book about rabbits with no photographs of the different breeds. And, giving information on building a hutch, or a cage, with no drawings, is a grave error that I hope the author corrects. Also, I don't think the author explained about the breeding procedure (take the female to the male.
Now, what DID I LIKE about Everything About Rabbits? The book was short (35 pages) and priced at a bargain basement price, and it was written In a style and manner that children aged 12 and above should have no serious problems understanding. For kids younger than 12, this book gives an opportunity for quality time for parents and child to share.
So, overall, I'm rating this book 4 Stars, but noting just a little effort could raise this to 5. Anyone reading this review should buy this book if none of the above objections resonates with them, especially if they think pet rabbits are a good idea for their child.
Bunny proofing a house is a must and there is a methodical way to do it to keep the house and the rabbit safe. This book doesn't cover how to bunny proof.
The book also suggests a few handfuls of grass hay daily when the diet now suggested is minimal pellets and unlimited hay with daily veggies. Carbs such as oats and sugars such as molasses are not suggested due to the problems with stomach issues. Rabbit feeding is a science and the science has changed, I am sorry to say this book does not have the recent diet updates.
There are far better books and guides out there for soon to be new owners. Check with House Rabbit Society for pets and American Rabbit Breeders Association for show/breeding/meat rabbit care. This book is not in depth enough on breeds nor accurate enough for showing or pet keeping. (Rabbits are not raised for "showrooms", they are not cars. They are raised for show and are shown on tables. This is just one more example of the lack of real knowledge found in this book.)
This is one of those books to skip over if you are seriously considering having rabbits, it is a little bit of knowledge interspersed with not enough concrete information.