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Top Baby Books:
Runaway Bunny

Author:

    Margaret Wise Brown

Heather's Review:

    The Runaway Bunny is another of Margaret Wise Brown's creations (Goodnight Moon is the other). The illustrations alternate between simple black and white drawings and full color illustrations. My girls especially liked to "find" the baby bunny and the mommy bunny on the fully-illustrated pages.

    The book has a pleasant rhythm and interesting dialog as the mother "chases" the baby bunny through his daydreams until he decides it's best just to stay in his mother's arms. A tenderhearted story.

An Excerpt:

"...If you become a fisherman," said the little bunny,
"I will become a rock on the mountain, high above you."
"If you become a rock on the mountain high above me," said his mother,
"I will be a mountain climber, and I will climb to where you are."

If I Have to Nit-Pick...

    Similar to the complaint of Goodnight Moon, the illustrations appear dated, since they are original to the story. It's necessary not to read too much into the message. Where some parents today may be creeped out that the baby was creating scenarios of running away, it's important to remember that when this story was first published (in 1942), the message was an innocent one.

    Most children love to play "chase me Mommy!" and this book is just using that childhood game as a platform for a mother's devotion and love to her little one. Read this story at face value, don't try to read deeper meanings into the text, and you (and your baby) will enjoy it immensely.

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