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The Runaway Bunny Hardcover – Jan 6 2005


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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: 25.4 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,006 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.

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George on Sept. 11 2003
Format: Board book
The one- and two-star people have the totally wrong impression. What do you think the (equivalent) age of the little runaway bunny is -- 16 to 25? To what age group are we reading a book like this? You have somehow missed the point, and context.
The idea here is that the little bunny is a very young child, far too young to be on his own -- you know this when he actually tells his mother he is running away! Imagine your child of 4 to 7, momentarily angry about something, who tells you he wants to run away from home, pouting and saying things he doesn't mean, wanting attention, testing your love. (Heck, imagine your adolescent of 16 literally running away, though he wouldn't warn you beforehand!) He is far too young to be on his own, and his mother loves him so much that she will always be there for him when he needs her, and will not let harm come to him. He needs her now, though in his current emotional state he doesn't realize it. Would you let your child run away?
This book's audience is toddler through early-reader, the kind of age where their early needs for independence are joined with an intense need to feel the constant love and presence of the parent -- they need to know their parent(s) will always be there for them. Margaret Wise Brown was not talking about an older child figuratively spreading his or her wings, only to be smothered and squashed by Mother's "love." (The only overall metaphor here is that bunnies = humans.) She's literally talking about an immature child impulsively saying he will run away, and what any good, loving parent would say and do to help and comfort him. The book is from 1942, so perhaps that makes it unclear to some, but from the moment I read it I understood the context; it is a beautiful story if you understand the intent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Board book
This book is wonderful. My son is in an accelerated reading program at school, he brought this book home last night to read and we had such a great time with it. When the story starts off with the little bunny telling his mom that he'll run away and she says she'll follow him I just thought . . . that is love. I told my son that he was the little bunny and I was the mommy bunny, so throughout the story we pretended that those characters were us. The look on my son's face was priceless, I could tell that he knew that his mommy loves him dearly (children need reassurance). He was so proud to hear that I would follow him like that. The color illustrations kept us laughing. They were just so sweet and cute. This book is a classic. I would recommend it to any parent. I didn't see it as a way a mother holds a child back from adventuring out, but as a way a mother/father can deal with a little child wanting to runaway. My son has told me a time or two that he was going to runaway (I believe all kids do - I can remember telling my mom) next time he tells me that I'll just remind him of this story and that I am a mommy bunny! Call me crazy, but I'm assuming that God has read this book as well. After all He keeps running after each and every one of us. Children of all ages need to know that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam K on Feb. 4 2010
Format: Board book
My little daughter (5) picks this one out to have me read to her often since she was walking age. The message behind it is a fun one for her and I both. I read it to her slightly differently than what it is meant perhaps, and do change the "he" in the book to a "she". It's read in a more playful hide and seek game-story that the mommy and the baby bunny play. On the colored illustrations, I ask her "Where is that little bunny now?!!" She will "find" the bunny. She especially likes it when the mommy is the gardener, because the baby bunny is hiding really well in the flowers. And last summer during an outdoor hide and seek game, she even hid in our garden and jumped out and surprised me calling herself a little bunny!

It's a fun book about a mommy bunny loving her little bunny anywhere in the world the little bunny will go. If that is what you want it to be -- it will. I do not think it was meant to be psychologically damaging to children. I'm not a stalker-mommy just because of reading them this book! If they were 40 years old and living on a mountain, I'd still like them to at least think about me and that I'd BE a mountain climber (if I must) and come to them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ei on July 12 2002
Format: Hardcover
which is also written by Margaret Wise Brown, and also illustrated by Clement Hurd. The drawing of the bunny is similar to Goodnight Moon's illustration, but the rest of the artwork is different.
Like a few of the other reviewers here, my only recollection of this tale is from seeing the film, "Wit" where the story is read to a woman dying of cancer. She is comforted by it, and I was brought literally to tears. It is a moving story, but it is certainly not as baby friendly as "Moon" is. I found the story itself so endearing, but mixed with the illustration, it is a little freaky and not pleasing to the eye. "Goodnight Moon" has much brighter colors, more of a primary color base, and easier on the eyes and mind.
Also, when I read this to my 1 1/2 yr old. for the first time, he was not the least bit interested in the pictures or story. He took off running. He has loved "Moon" since he was 10 months old, and never tires of it. I think it is more of a toddler book than this one is.
This is more for children between 3 - 5 years old, so long as the pictures don't frighten them.
I bought this for really cheap at a yard sale, and am glad I did. It was a bit disappointing since both my son and I had loved "Goodnight Moon" so much.
From the reviews I have read here, this story sends mixed messages. The message of the story is that a mother's love is unconditional. This was written in a different time, and I think there is a lot of fear driven into society lately.
Plus, I can see how people can have that sense of the story with the creepy pictures. I'm sure the writer was trying to show the love a mother has for her child. It is not intended to scare anyone. It is a timeless story that will tug at your heartstrings. It's very moving to see the love a mother has for her child.
I recommend it for it's story content. Be weary of the illustrations as they are bound to sway your opinion of the story itself.
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