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Rabbit Hill Paperback – October 27, 1977
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"Rabbit Hill" is perhaps Lawson's best-known book, though he wrote many that deserve to be returned to print. Based upon the actual hill on which he lived, it follows the adventures of the Rabbit family, Father (a Southern gentleman from the Kentucky Bluegrass who talks like a dictionary), Mother (a chronic worrier), Little Georgie, and the permanently-visiting Uncle Analdas, and their many animal neighbors--Willie Fieldmouse and his vast family, the forgetful Gray Squirrel, Foxy, Phewie the Skunk, old Porky the Groundhog, the Red Deer and his Doe and Fawn, Mole for whom Willie must often "be eyes," and more. His Animals are drawn lovingly and accurately both in words and pictures (he did his own illustrations) and behave recognizably as we might expect them to do if they were intelligent enough to speak to one another. And there's a surprising amount of excitement for such a short book: Georgie's flight from a pursuing dog and his remarkable leap across Dead Man's Brook, the question of whether the Folks will be Good Folks or not, and the aftermath of Georgie's mishap with a car on the Black Road. The close of the tale is heart-warming and beautiful. This is a kids' book to which I return over and over.
Robert Lawson presents young readers with a wide cast of characters, ranging in size from mice to a buck. All the animals speak and understand English, which helps in communciation between species, but pales before the astonishing actions of the new Folks, who have to prove either their value or their threat to the Hill society. Communal democracy is practiced at the annual ritual called Dividing Night, when each family is allotted a certain portion of the vegetable garden for their private use. If and When the new Folks actuallly plow, plant and tend it properly.
Father Rabbit is a Southern gentleman who speaks in elegant terms while boring everyone with his tales of the Blue Grass country. Mother Rabbit proves a stereotypical 40's mom, and Uncle Analdas is the irrascible, grumbling, hot-tempered grouchy relative.Read more ›
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I wanted to like this book, but except as possibly a read-aloud to prereaders (with a lot of the repetition and verbosity eliminated) it is boring boring boring.Published 4 months ago by Diane Stranz
A truly wonderful child's book. I still have and cherish my copy which was given to me in 1944. I try to give a copy to all my friend's children or grandchildren. Read morePublished 6 months ago by thomas brobyn
I remember having this book read to me back in the third grade (circa 1965). Last month, on a whim, I tried finding the book (of course I had no recollection of the story's name... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tacron Dude
A thoughtfully written children's book that grows more relevant with age and a piece of Americana that I would gladly recommend to any family who wishes to raise an inquisitive and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mark J Llorente