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Jeremy [Hardcover]

Jan Karon , Teri Weidner
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Feb. 1 2001
Millions of readers have fallen in love with Jan Karon's Mitford, the little town with the big heart. Now Jan Karon brings the same loving spirit of the Mitford books to her first chapter book for young readers.

Jeremy is a handmade English bunny with honesty sewn into his very being. So when he learns that he was made for someone in North Carolina, Jeremy hops right off to deliver himself to his new owner. But North Carolina is a long way from England, as Jeremy quickly learns. Before he can be safely home, Jeremy must rely on help from many people. There's old Mr. Pruneholt, who shows Jeremy where to find America; the kindly sea captain and his chattering parrot, Jethro, who see Jeremy across the water, and the unforgettable Village Dear. Most important of all are the family of young bunnies who teach Jeremy how wonderful it is to be needed. Though he'd love to stay with them, Jeremy can't forget that he has someone waiting for him and must keep moving until he arrives at her doorstep.

Jeremy, the Tale of an Honest Bunny is a story of adventure and friendship, full of humor, inspiration, and joy. It is the story of any child who is away from home-and the miracles found on the way to being safe at last.

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Part Peter Rabbit, part Velveteen Rabbit, Jeremy is a gentle little tale of a handmade bunny with honesty sewn right in. Lovingly crafted by a young woman in England, Jeremy knows he is destined for America. But rather than be shipped off in a cardboard box, he decides to make the journey himself. With the help of a lonely old man named Mr. Pruneholt, a sea captain and his noisy parrot, and a sweet but slightly barmy old woman called the Village Dear, Jeremy makes his way across the sea and into North Carolina. Along the way he dodges grabby children, a hungry fox, and finds an unlikely friend in an owl. Written as a kind of allegory for a favorite psalm of the author's, the tale is also a mini-Odyssey, complete with a sea crossing, beastly obstacles, and the promise of home at the end of the peregrinations.

Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling Mitford Years series, including At Home in Mitford. Teri Weidner's adorable depictions of plaid-trousered Jeremy and his friends and foes are sure to appeal to children from England to North Carolina and beyond. (Ages 7 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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Bestselling author Karon (Miss Fannie's Hat; the Mitford series for adults) shares a thickly nostalgic tale she crafted for her daughter, Candace, more than 40 years ago. Between serving up kidney pie and making tea for her husband, a young British woman named Lydia painstakingly fashions a stuffed bunny. Her creation complete, Lydia names the toy Jeremy and he springs to life. He learns that Lydia has made him "an honest bunny. That means that no matter what happens you will always be honest, for that's the way you're made." He also learns he has been promised to a girl named Candace in North Carolina. Rather than travel via a shipping box, Jeremy decides to find his own passage. He embarks on the journey without fear, after Lydia consults with her own maker and assures Jeremy, via Psalm 91, that angels will watch over him along the way. Karon's characters are as consciously quaint as her settings: the jovial old gardener, eyes a-twinkling, who treats Jeremy to a tea of English Rabbit (recipe included); Jethro, a sea-captain's parrot who can sing cowboy songs; newborn bunnies; and avuncular owls. Naturally Jeremy wishes to linger, but honest bunny that he is, he perseveres to deliver himself to Candace, all the while guided by Lydia's blessing. Unfortunately, the text is a heavy-handed mix of familiar fantasy and moral. Various plot elements quickly call to mind both The Velveteen Rabbit and The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but in the text as well as in Weidner's (Helen the Fish) plentiful color vignettes and illustrations, Jeremy lacks the distinctive spunk or emotional resonance of these literary predecessors. All ages. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Young at Heart May 8 2000
Format:Hardcover
An elegantly attired, real cute little stuffed bunny, Jeremy comes to life after having been lovingly created by Lydia in her modest country home in England. First he thanks her for having made him the best bunny ever. Then he pleads not to be placed in a mailing box he claims would be too dark and lonely for the journey. He opts to hop, asisted by two special redeeming features at his disposal: Lydia has permanently sewn honesty right into him and has confidently sent him off with her favorite verse from Psalm 91: "He will give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." What a variety of two-legged and four-legged creatures he encounters along the way as he seeks directions and hospitality and overcomes myriad obstacles! Some things go very smoothly, such as his stylish ride across the Atlantic in a sea captain's cabin, even if he does have to share it with the captain's pest of a parrot. Later on in Virginia, fortunately for Jeremy, Charles Benchley Owl, who resides in the hollow of a tree in which Jeremy chooses to rest, prefers Hershey Bars to eating rabbits. Says author, Jan Karon, "I wanted to do something for my daughter that would last a long time - perhaps even a lifetime. So I wrote a book about a bunny named Jeremy who went on a journey." Lydia, Jan Karon and mothers everywhere strive to do their best to equip and prepare their progeny well enough to go forth independently towards worthwhile goals, out into a world full of dark and lonely places where choices must be made daily to meet life's challenges. I highly recommend that the young at heart join in on Jeremy's experiences, feasting on Jan Karon's witty and upbeat writing, accompanied by Teri Weidner's colorful and charming illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Young at Heart May 8 2000
Format:Hardcover
An elegantly attired, real cute little stuffed bunny, Jeremy comes to life after having been lovingly created by Lydia in her modest country home in England. First he thanks her for having made him the best bunny ever. Then he pleads not to be placed in a mailing box he claims would be too dark and lonely for the journey. He opts to hop, asisted by two special redeeming features at his disposal: Lydia has permanently sewn honesty right into him and has confidently sent him off with her favorite verse from Psalm 91: "He will give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." What a variety of two-legged and four-legged creatures he encounters along the way as he seeks directions and hospitality and overcomes myriad obstacles! Some things go very smoothly, such as his stylish ride across the Atlantic in a sea captain's cabin, even if he does have to share it with the captain's pest of a parrot. Later on in Virginia, fortunately for Jeremy, Charles Benchley Owl, who resides in the hollow of a tree in which Jeremy chooses to rest, prefers Hershey Bars to eating rabbits. Says author, Jan Karon, "I wanted to do something for my daughter that would last a long time - perhaps even a lifetime. So I wrote a book about a bunny named Jeremy who went on a journey." Lydia, Jan Karon and mothers everywhere strive to do their best to equip and prepare their progeny well enough to go forth independently towards worthwhile goals, out into a world full of dark and lonely places where choices must be made daily to meet life's challenges. I highly recommend that the young at heart join in on Jeremy's experiences, feasting on Jan Kaaron's witty and upbeat writing, accompanied by Teri Weidner's colorful and charming illustrations.
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An enchanting children's book, ideally to be read aloud--preferably by a loving grandparent or great-grandparent. I purchased it so that I could read it to my 4-year-old great grandson.

The story features a hand-made bunny, made by a young woman in England for a customer in North Carolina, and it's all about Jeremy's travels to get to his new home, and the people (and animals) that he meets along the way. Knowing my great grandson, I know that he will listen wide-eyed from the beginning 'til the end of the tale.

The author, Jan Karon, wrote it for her own daughter, Candace, which is also the name of the North Carolinian recipient of Jeremy, the honest bunny, in the story.

The illustrations by Teri Weidner also add a nice touch to the book. No children's book would be complete without appropriate illustrations. ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for children and adults alike. Feb. 14 2000
By Steve
Format:Hardcover
My wife had read all of the Mitford books, so we decided to bring this book into our home. We had no idea what a great decision it would turn out to be! This is truly going to be a classic. I read it to my wife and daughter each night before bedtime. They both loved it. The characters are colorful, and jump off the pages into your heart. The pictures fit the text perfectly. My daughter said after seeing one of the pictures, "Oh, that's what the owl looks like!" It is also a chance for Mom or Dad to get those voice talents working. I have already purchased two more while they are still available. One for my daughter, my wife won't give hers up, and one for my 8 month old granddaughter so she can have it for this coming Christmas. Thank you Jan for a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The cutest book!
Even though this book is easy, it is so cute! This is the only book I can find that is good for bunny lovers(like me). Just go to the library or buy this book and read it. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy definitely a come-back bunny
Jan Karon's tale of bunny adventure has stood the test of time in our household. The story of Jeremy, the English bunny sent with silver buttons to America, protected by Biblical... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002 by "rldahlen"
5.0 out of 5 stars "Jeremy a definite come-back bunny"
Jan Karon's tale of bunny adventure has stood the test of time in our household. The story of Jeremy, the English bunny sent with silver buttons to America, protected by Biblical... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002 by "rldahlen"
2.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, Jeremy Ain't That Beguiling a Bunny
The best things about this book are its quaint jacket illustration, the 40-year-old picture of the author and her daughter on the back cover, and its built-in bookmark. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Karon Does It Again!
This tale of a stuffed bunny setting out to deliver himself to his new owner is wonderful! Jan Karon's writings are always warm and witty, and Jeremy is no exception. Read more
Published on April 25 2001 by Carolyn K Armistead
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging, entertaining, highly recommended storybook.
Jan Karon's Jeremy: Tale Of An Honest Bunny will reach ages 5 and older with its story of a handsome English bunny's journey to North Carolina. Read more
Published on May 9 2000 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars A Children's Classic for today
Ms Karon has the rare ability to write a children's story that is as engaging for adults as it is for children. Read more
Published on March 13 2000 by M. Raeann Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, beautiful illustrations and production
My wife is a fan of Jan Karon, and we've been reading this book to our children. They love the story and the characters, and the illustrations are beautiful and compelling - there... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2000
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