The Runaway Bunny Hardcover – Jan 18 2005
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About the Author
Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.
Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.
Clement Hurd (1908–1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California.
Clement Hurd (1908–1988) se graduó de Yale University. Estudió pintura en París en los años 1930 con Fernand Léger, entre otros. Allí fue donde desarrolló su estilo característico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien también creó muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los niños.
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Lovely classic that I give to everyone I know having a baby. Bunny tries to run away by disguising himself in all sorts of ways but there no way to fool mama bunny. Read morePublished 26 days ago by R. Lavallee
Guess How Much I Love you, the Runaway Bunny and But Not the Hippopotamus were well loved by our kids when they were young.Published 5 months ago by M. Underwood
Poor mummy...her baby wants to excape but he will not let him go. I might do the same thing to my son..lolPublished 5 months ago by Coleen Robinson
The Runaway Bunny has some important messages which I found compelling and displayed really well. There are morals to be captured and in some ways it tells the story of how a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Arthur Wang
Very cute children's book with a great message of eternal love and companionship. It was used as a gift for a child's baptism.Published on Feb. 17 2012 by GinaC
We were given this book as a gift when our son was born. I absolutely hate it. In short, this is a story of a psycho-stalker-mom who won't let her child have one ounce of freedom. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2009 by Avid Reader
Ever thought of running away? Or, have you ever been really angry at your mother? Well, I have just the cure for that, this book. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003
This is another "classic" that is disturbing. This is a tale of a small bunny who says he is going to run away from home. His mother tells him she will pursue him. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by Joshua Koppel
My grandfather used to read this book to me. Now I am thrilled to share it with my little boy. It is a great story with a timeless message -- mommy is always there. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003 by Lucy
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