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The Runaway Bunny [Hardcover]

Margaret Wise Brown

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Book Description

Jan. 6 2005

A little bunny keeps runningaway from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Books; Revised edition (Jan. 6 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060775823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060775827
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 26.1 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has never been out of print. Generations of sleepy children and grateful parents have loved the classics of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, including Goodnight Moon. The Runaway Bunny begins with a young bunny who decides to run away: "'If you run away,' said his mother, 'I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.'" And so begins a delightful, imaginary game of chase. No matter how many forms the little bunny takes--a fish in a stream, a crocus in a hidden garden, a rock on a mountain--his steadfast, adoring, protective mother finds a way of retrieving him. The soothing rhythm of the bunny banter--along with the surreal, dream-like pictures--never fail to infuse young readers with a complete sense of security and peace. For any small child who has toyed with the idea of running away or testing the strength of Mom's love, this old favorite will comfort and reassure. (Baby to preschool) --This text refers to the Board book edition.

About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, is one of the best-selling children's book authors of all time. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes gave a new and enduring dimension to picture-book writing. Another Important Book is the companion to her classic picture book The Important Book, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard and first published in 1949.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  355 reviews
115 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION Oct. 14 2000
By Soaring Heart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
This was the FIRST book I bought when I was pregnant with my first child. I was browsing in a bookstore and recognized it IMMEDIATELY from childhood. I have read this book to my daughter since she was 1 month old and it is still one of her very favorite books! (She is 2 years old now.) Margaret WISE Brown was definitely WISE to write this endearing book which demonstrates the depth of a mother's love for her child.
The storyline is simple yet spellbinding--the bunny wants to run away from his mother. Each time he imagines he is something different and his mother matches his imagination by becoming whom or whatever is needed to find him: he's a fish, she's a fisherman; he's a rock, she's a mountain climber; he's a flower (crocus), she's a gardener; and my personal favorite (as a child and still today) he's a bird, and she's the tree that he comes home to; and more.
This is a very special book in so many ways. The bright colors on every other full page spread make the book more captivating because of the contrast from the black and white illustration on the previous full page. (In other words, the color alternates with black and white.) But the story of the mother's love which makes the bunny realize how lucky he is to have a mother who would literally follow him to the ends of the earth to be with him and protect him and just love him...THAT is what touches me the most.
Bottom line, this book should really be available in a gold edition because that is what it will always be worth to me and my daughter. I highly recommend this to all--both young and old. (Check out GOODNIGHT MOON as well.)
Thank you, Margaret for such a heart-felt story of love; and thank you, Clement for your bright and joyful illustrations!
49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming, beautifully written book, a MUST-HAVE !!! May 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
I first heard a few lines from this book on a T.V. show, and I was in tears! I ran straight to my computer and ordered it. This book is a must have for every child (and parent!). I have never read a book expressing the love of a mother for her child so beautifully. The mother bunny becomes whatever it takes for her to "find" her little bunny as he dreams of different things to be to run away from her. The mother bunny doesn't condemn him, but conforms to his thoughts and dreams and "chases" after him as he tells her what he will become and how he'll run away. I loved the way the mother spoke so lovingly to her little bunny, letting him know that no matter where he went, she'd find him. My son loves the brilliantly colorful images on every other page. It is a nice contrast to the black and white writing in between. This has become a favorite in my home and I intend to give this book as a gift to any and every mother (or mother-to-be) that I know!
100 of 118 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neither perfect Nor horrible March 14 2006
By DR Culp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
Creepy? I wonder about people who use the word 'creepy' when something is far less than 'creepy'.

Too many reviewers presenting bad reviews pretend they have a great understanding of the child psyche or literature - or both. One reviewer goes so far as to suggest that it is wrong to associate non-rabbit traits, such as swimming, to a rabbit. If you are one of these reviewers, find something more useful to do with your time. Another reviewer suggests that the book is teaching children to runaway in the grocery store.

The book is actually a simplified and child-oriented version of Voltaire's Candide, where after travelling the world looking for personal freedom and adventure and a more interesting place to live, Candide ends up back at his old home by his OWN free will to tend his garden, having survived all other misadventures.

Although I don't find the book remarkable, it is guilty of none of the overstated negative traits -- even if the overprotective Parent who fears a book with a message of an "overprotective Parent" may see it this way.

Yes, the subject is running away - it is the title of the book.

And yes, almost all children at almost any age entertain the idea at least once. And many parents fear the child's thought almost as much as the unlikely juvenile act itself.

The mother does NOT always chase down the little bunny. Sometimes she places herself in a position of passive access or support, at the expense of her own freedom. This is natural for a parent. And the mother is not forcing her will on the child or breaking the will of a child - the book clearly illustrates that the bunny has come to his own decision to stay at his home, even if the rationale is unclear. You might say that it is because he can't get away from his mom -- EXCEPT for the illustrations where he is going TO his mom. If the book were longer, and without a mother, then maybe the bunny would give detailed descriptions of why being a fish is not fun. But this is a book for a child, who does not yet depend on reason but on seemingly arbitrary boundaries defined by adults. And he finally decided his current boundaries aren't all that bad.

If you are an adult, and you are reading this book and feeling oppression, get some counseling.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Through All Ages, Through All Changes April 9 2002
By Zinta Aistars - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
How to define a mother? Her heart offers unconditional love - as close to divinity as a human being can hope to be. For this wonderful children's book to survive as intact in its message of unconditional love since its publication in 1942 as this one has, only goes to show how timeless some messages remain through all ages, through all changes. A mother's love has no expiration date.
My children are grown. Not beyond my unconditional love, which will always be theirs, but they have grown beyond the capacity of my lap and our once-upon-a-time story hour. But even as they entered those nerve wracking teen years, and now no less testing adult years, I have found this message is one that I repeat to them again and again. Will always love you... will always be here for you... always and beyond all space and time and boundaries...
Margaret Wise Brown's "The Runaway Bunny" was a pleasure I shared with my children when they were small. We each felt our measure of comfort in reading the simple lines about the little bunny with attitude, having his little runaway tantrum. Mama will love him to whatever corners of the earth he runs to; she will find him there, anywhere, and she will bring him home to the warmth of her arms and her mother's heart every time. With love like this, little bunny realizes there is no need to run.
Interestingly enough, the charm of this book had faded in my memory until the book surfaced in a recent (and excellent) movie, "Wit," with Emma Thompson. The children's book is read to the dying woman as her soul struggles to run away from its torment, in fear and pain within her... and it helps her relax her fear and release her soul into the divine unconditional love available to her, in a metaphor for God, the Father. This interpretation added another dimension to the story - and, intrigued, I picked up the book once again.
This kind of love - and our need for it - never gets old. The book is a collectible classic - for the child with attitude in us all, for the spirit longing for Home.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for my (carefully chosen) grandson's library May 19 2011
By K. Draper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have spent many hours on line and in book stores researching for the best books for young ones (babies mainly)--reading books, reading what others have said, thinking about the books, and I am very happy to have aquired a copy of "The Runaway Bunny". Wow this book was published in 1942, but I did not have the priveledge of knowing it, nor did I have a copy for my own sons. What a loss! I like this one even better than "Goodnight Moon", which we did own. It is clever, playful, loving and creative. Little bunny announces that he is running away. He doesn't say "from you" or "to [someplace]"; his statement seems to be a provacative one to find out what his mother will say. I think her reply is perfect: "If you run away, I will run after you. FOR YOU ARE MY LITTLE BUNNY." Mom is doing the right thing for the right reason (I read those one-and two-star haters' reviews, and I don't get that reasoning at all): she lets the bunny know that she will make sure that she will always make sure he is safe, because he is her little bunny." (ie, I love you, so I won't let anything happen to you)

Almost every day I am seeing things on the internet about things that happened to little children because their parent was not watching them close enough (playing on facebook instead of watching a toddler take a bath), or actually doing harm to the child out of their own twisted mental illness. I think mother bunny has a healthy attitude and is not stalking her baby--she always comes to him. She doesn't yank him roughly out of his play. For example, when he decides to become a fish in the stream, she becomes a fisher to catch him with a carrot (NOT a hook) and a net. If he joins the circus and flys away on the flying trapeze, she will not stay safely at home, but will become a tightrope walker and walk in the air to him. This is what real parents do, they will risk anything to make sure their child is safe. That's what I read in this book.

I especially like the next part when the bunny decides to become a little boy and run into a house, because the mommy bunny "will become his mother and catch you in my arms and hug you." Then the next page (each two pages with text and line drawings is followed by a colorful two page illustration) shows the bunny "boy" safely sitting on the bunny mother's lap as she rocks in a rocking chair in a room reminiscent of "Good Night Moon" room. So bunny decides he might as well stay home and be her little bunny, mom says "have a carrot", and the last lovely two page color illustration shows the bunnies in their cozy home under a tree near a garden.

My little grandson bunny will be born next month, and I am still puzzling out which books to get (within my budget), but no hesitation on this one. Recommend.

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