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Jackalope by Janet Stevens


by Janet Stevens, Susan Stevens Crummel (Author)

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Summary: Jackalope is about a rabbit who wants to be scary. He always asks his mirror who the scariest of all is and it's never him. He wishes upon a star and a magic fairy comes to him to grant him one wish. This story is about the problems his wish causes and how he finds love and happiness with his normal non-scary appearance.

Personal Reaction: I LOVED this book. Such a cute story line and I loved the random vegetable words they used to replace other words such as "lettuce" in replace of let us. This story can be a good book to keep in the classrooms to help children realize the greatness they have with just being themselves.

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1. Have students make an illustration about the good things about themselves and share with the class after reading this story.
2. Have a set of horns(antlers) and to show that lying is bad. Whenever someone lies make them wear it. ( )
  brownkatie | Oct 24, 2013 |
This was truly hectic and funny at the same time. It wasn't the frantic rise of action that The Great Fuzz Frenzy was, but still it was well done. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
A tale is told of a Hare who was not happy with himself. He wanted to be scary and fierce. He wished on a star and a fairy godrabbit came down from the sky. She granted Jacks wish and gave him horns. The horns got him in trouble and landed him upside-down ready to be cooked by a coyote. When the fairy came to help, the fairydust flew back in her face and she ended up with the horns. In the end Jack saved the fairy and they lived happily with each other. This story was very funny, had clever rhyme and fun illustrations. It teaches one to be happy with who they are. I would use this in self-esteem lesson.. Teaching Theme or Moral.
  suarnawa1 | Apr 11, 2013 |
I love the legend of the jackalopes, so I thought I would really like this story. It seems to be a bit disjointed, though. I get the lesson that it's trying to teach (be yourself/love yourself, etc), but jackalope wasn't really any better off as himself. He could have used his antlers to protect himself when he was a jackalope, or he could have had the speed and agility to escape without the antlers. And the antlers only became a problem because he lied (and they grew, a la Pinocchio); if he hadn't lied, he would have had the protection, speed and agility he needed to protect himself from coyote, yet the lesson about not lying is completely glossed over. Whatever. ( )
  benuathanasia | Mar 28, 2013 |
Summary: Jack wasn’t happy with himself so he wished to be scarier. The horns only made others laugh and got him into trouble. Through some hard lessons learned Jack finds happiness with himself and his new friend.

Personal: Being happy with yourself is a hard lesson to learn sometimes. There is always someone prettier, smarter, or faster than you are. True happiness comes with contentment, friendship, and love I believe. Oh! Be careful what you ask for; you may just get it.

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Literature: A fun story to teach child children about parables and the lessons they teach.
Art: Students of all ages love to play with play dough or clay. Have them come up with their own fantasy creature by combining features of two into one extraordinary creation.
Writing: After they make their new creation the students can write a short paragraph telling about the new animal. ( )
  kdhayes06 | Oct 24, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152167366, Hardcover)

Never seen a jackalope? Not even sure what one is? Well, you've come to the right place. You'll get the whole wild story right here in this book.
You see, the jackalope didn't start out with horns. First he was a plain old hare. You know, a jackrabbit. The horns came later, along with a corny fairy godrabbit and a cranky coyote. And the trouble those horns brought--hoooo-wee!
With a gut-busting brew of sassy storytelling and outrageous art, Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel finally give the jackalope his due. After all, he's long been part of American legend--isn't it time to tell the real story?

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A jackrabbit who wishes to be feared asks his fairy godrabbit for horns and becomes the first jackalope, but there's one condition: he must not tell lies.

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