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Rabbit Hill (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, February 15, 2007
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- Publisher : Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (February 15, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 127 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142407968
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142407967
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 1050L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 3.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.08 x 5.02 x 0.37 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rabbit Hill is a short novel about animals who live on a hill with an old house and garden. They are waiting to see if the new owners are nice Folks. Will they be nice to the mice and rabbits, will they bring traps and guns, will they have a mean cat or dog?
The animals have had it rough lately. They hope the new Folks will bring peace, and food, to the old house and garden. And to the hill itself.
A wonderful story of talking animals with a underlining religious theme. But the theme is kept in the background and the story, overall, is one children will enjoy.
One interesting thing about reading Children's literature from a different generation is that you can see the issues and themes that were being dealt with during that specific time. The main point of the book is living at peace with those around you, and an idea of communing together in such a way that everyone has what they need. This must have been appropriate for a country that was still feeling the effects of the Great Depression and was fighting war. I found the last chapter a little disappointing, but overall a great book for kids.
Sometimes when I read these Newberry books I wonder what age of child is supposed to read this? But Rabbit Hill is appropriate for the younger age of the spectrum, and will be a delight to the adult reader as well.
**Two interesting points. Lawson not only wrote but he also illustrated the book as well which deserves the extra star in the rating. It is amazing. Later on Lawson would win the Caldecott Medal in 1941 for "They were Strong and Good". I don't know how many people have had the honor of winning both the Newberry and Caldecott but I'm sure it's a small honored group.
Also, if you buy this book today you'll find one character missing from the text that was in the original. A housekeeper of the new family that is African-American and is believed to play to the stereotypes of the day, which of course is not PC today. What makes that even more interesting is that Lawson died in the 50s and the change was made in the 70s, so the change was made without the authors approval.