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Runaway Bunny [Board book]

Margaret Wise Brown
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March 15 1991
Clement Hurd redrew some of his pictures for this new edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny’s imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time.


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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)

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary? Disturbing?! Squashed spirits?!? Not at all! Sept. 11 2003
By George
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Bunny Feb. 4 2004
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Goodnight Moon" July 12 2002
By Ei
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Through All Ages, Through All Changes April 9 2002
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GinaC
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved by my girl too!
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2010 by Pam K
1.0 out of 5 stars I kinda hate this book
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 more
Published on Sept. 25 2009 by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming tale with an equally heartwarming message
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 more
Published on Dec 18 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of Squashed Spirits
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 more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Joshua Koppel
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Classic
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 more
Published on Aug. 30 2003 by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another book that can't be beat!
If I am going to be the main story-teller in the family, I am going to read the books I thoroughly enjoy as I am sure I'll be re-reading them over and over. Read more
Published on July 25 2003 by Busy Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet and very durable
This book has turned into one of our favorite bedtime stories. My son and I really like looking at and talking about the pictures as the bunnies go around the world (OK, I talk... Read more
Published on July 14 2003 by Alice M. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet and very durable
This book has turned into one of our favorite bedtime stories. My son and I really like looking at and talking about the pictures as the bunnies go around the world (OK, I talk... Read more
Published on July 14 2003 by Alice M. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic mother-child love story!
I love this book. I've loved it since my mother read it to me and I have tears as I read it to my baby son. Read more
Published on July 2 2003
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