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The classic 1975 story of the preschool rabbit who unwraps a present containing a Disappearing Bag has been reissued in a larger format and with new illustrations. Wells' bright watercolor-and-acrylic artwork adds zest and warmth to the story of the youngest rabbit, who is disappointed with the less-than-exciting stuffed bear he gets for Christmas--but delighted with an overlooked package he finds under the tree. Wells' wonderful story and artwork will captivate parents as well as children: the humorous spoof of Botticelli's Birth of Venus hanging on the wall is delightful, as are the characters' charming expressions and poses. A fine reissue. Shelley Townsend-Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.

Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 0360 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142300047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142300046
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on May 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
What if you were the youngest rabbit in the family and nobody wanted to play with your Christmas bear because it was too babyish? Would you feel left out if your sisters and brother said you were too little to play with THEIR presents? Would you sit in the corner with your ears drooping in sadness?

If that tugs at your heartstrings, meet Morris. He's the dearest little bunny you ever saw, and SO sad on Christmas morning. He loves his new bear but he's too little to play with Rose's beauty kit, Victor's hockey stick, and Betty's chemistry set. While they are having fun, Morris crawls under the tree and finds ONE FORGOTTEN PRESENT, a bag. He pulls himself into the bag and -- DISAPPEARS!

Oho! Now the other bunnies are singing a different song. They all want to share their presents with Morris while they try out his disappearing bag. Who can blame them? Wouldn't we all like a disappearing bag from time to time? Such a fine present. Morris generously gives turns with his bag and has a go with the other presents. He's got the most coveted Christmas gift of all, but all he wants is a little consideration, to be part of the crowd, to be included.

Rosemary Wells writes a terrific story and her illustrations are sheer delight. Little droopy bunny ears, puffy cotton tails sticking out of the bag, hilarious bunny play with the chemicals, the makeup, the hockey kit -- and precious little Morris with all his feelings worn on his sleeve.

I've had this book since my sons were little, and given it to a number of children. I always buy a new copy for myself, just in case I need it. My favorite!

Linda Bulger, 2008
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I have a big box of children's Christmas books that I keep in the garage most of the year, and bring out in late November, but even though this book tells a Christmas story, it has never gone in the Christmas box. My kids wouldn't give it up. It continues to be read all year. I'm not sure exactly what it is about this book. It's kind of a silly little story about a little bunny, the youngest in his family, the one who is overlooked, who discovers an unnoticed present under the Christmas tree -- a bag that can make anyone who crawls into it disappear. But there's just something delightful and fun about it. We especially like the fact that only what's completely in the bag disappears, and Morris doesn't ever quite manage to get his whole body in the bag, so in each picture a little piece of him (tips of ears, or cottony tail) are sticking out. It's fun to find Morris in each picture. In fact, overall, this is probably the most fun Christmas book I've ever seen.
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I read this to my children and am now buying it for others. Everyone loves it. The original 1970s book we have is very small--just a bit bigger than the Peter Rabbit books. This current version is bigger, with bigger pictures better for very young children or for reading to several children at the same time. I notice a slight difference in text as well. But it's still a must-have Christmas classic.

The story is so timeless that it is not just for Christmas. The real theme is how Morris, the littlest child, somewhat excluded by his older siblings tho not in a mean way, gets to have the best present of all and be included by his siblings. That makes it sound heavy and it isn't at all.

And by the way, as the author also does the Max and Ruby books, I explained the resemblance by saying Morris was Max's cousin.
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This is a book I remember from my childhood, and I fondly recall my aunt and grandmother reading it to me, over and over. Rosemary Wells is better known these days for creating the "Max and Ruby" characters, but Morris is just as likeable -- and perhaps easier to relate to than Max. Poor Morris, his sisters and brothers all get interesting, sharable toys for Christmas, while Morris gets a teddy bear. Later Christmas day, however, Morris makes an important discovery that changes everything. My kids laughed and worried about Morris and were excited by the turn of events at the end of the book. Fantastic, for ages 2 to 92!
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My sons you are all grown and have sons of their own used to love this book. I don't have the original anymore so I got this one on Amazon. I read it to my grandsons. The one loves the book so much that he tries to crawl into a pillow case to pretend no one can see him....
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This was a new book in excellent condition, as described. The story itself is a treasure - how a little boy (bunny) creates an imaginary gift that outshines the bigger, better gifts his older brother and sisters receive. This was one of my favorites when my daughter was growing up, so I found this book to give to a niece expecting her first child.
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This wonderful, funny book, in its original format, arrived on time and as predicted. This is the version I read to my daughters Every Christmas, and now I can pass on the reading fun to a new generation. Thanks so much for making it available, at a reasonable cost!
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I've owned this book my entire life. The copy we are now reading to our young daughters is my first Christmas present from more than 30 years ago, and the story has lost NONE of its charm since it was first written. Poor Morris finds himself the odd one out when all his older siblings share their presents between themselves, always giving him some irrational reason for not sharing with him. It's enough to make a small bunny very sad, and it does. But! Morris gets to share in the end and this is one of the more endearing parts of the story. The main idea seems not so much that Morris has to happen upon a particular overlooked present to get his siblings to pay attention to him, but rather that his siblings aren't always going to overlook him. It's frustrating to be a little kid with older siblings, but this story gives those little guys hope and encouragement. It also suggests to those older siblings that your younger sibling isn't going to ruin your presents if you only give him a chance to play with them/with you. What a positive message wrapped up in a very cute story. It's April, but we still find that our girls, who also just really like rabbits, want to keep reading about Morris.

One other thing that I find particularly great about this story is that one of Morris's sisters (Betty) gets a chemistry set for Christmas. I LOVE that there is such a good reinforcement of girls interest in science for my daughters, especially as a 'counterbalance' to his other sister getting a beauty kit (which maybe is a more stereotypical present). As a chemist, I am glad for any positive portrayal of chemistry for children. As a father of two young girls, I'm glad that they are exposed (in addition to their immediate family) to other girls interested in science!

A cute story, beautiful pictures, multiple levels of positive messages, and easy for a young reader. This book has it all, and has aged well since it's first printing. Definitely pick it up if you don't own it!
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