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The Runaway Bunny Board Book Board book – Jan 24 2017
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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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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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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. That little bunny has a great imagination -- the color pages are his mental images of the previous text -- and Mama is fostering it with her responses in kind.
There is one place where I would have worded the mother's part differently: where she she becomes the wind, she says "...blow you where I want you to go." I would have said, "...blow you back to me," and I think that's what the author meant. Also, somebody commented in 2000 about the "I will fish for you" part and said the mother catches him on a hook. Look at the picture -- there is no hook on the line, just a carrot tied on for the little bunny to bite, and a net to scoop him up.
I've replaced our worn, torn paperback with the big lap edition boardbook. We also have the "Goodnight Moon" lap edition, and although they are big and heavy, the size is a plus for the illustrations, and they're virtually indestructible. Our first daughter (4.5) caused many small rips in the pages of her books as she turned them with gusto, and our second daughter (20 mos.) likes to finish those rips when she can!
One of my twins went off to Australia when he was 20yrs old and developed a wonderful career in graphic design. I started to call him RAB ( run away bunny) and still refer to him this way now he has come back home with his talented wife. He has grown up with all the wonderful old classic stories and illustrations that make a book magical and often signs his email, love from RAB. So many new books have lost the ability to touch the imagination both in content and in graphics. I am now buying one for my grandson and one for my young niece for Easter...they are going to love it.
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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