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The Flat Rabbit by Bardur Oskarsson
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The Flat Rabbit

by Bardur Oskarsson

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An honest, childlike, approach to death that is darkly humorous but also sensitive and profound. Love the simple, minimalist illustrations. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/11/18/best-childrens-books-2014/?mc_cid=2fbdcf...

All is quiet as a dog walks along, finds a rabbit flattened by a car, and ponders. Then rat comes along, and the two try to decide what to do about the rabbit. They go to the park to think, and though the text doesn't directly acknowledge it, they are inspired by a child flying a kite. They make a kite and tape the rabbit to the frame, then fly it up into the air (it takes 42 tries). A pensive story, less morbid than the review made it seem. ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 25, 2015 |
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When they find a rabbit flattened in the road, a dog and a rat decide to give the deceased animal a proper sendoff.
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When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can't be much fun to lie there; she should be moved. But how? And to where? Finally, the dog comes up with an inspired and unique idea and they work together through the night to make it happen. Once finished, they can't be positive, but they think they have done their best to help the flat rabbit get somewhere better than the middle of the road where they found her. The Flat Rabbit treats the concept of death with a sense of compassion and gentle humor -- and a note of practicality. In the end, the dog's and the rat's caring, thoughtful approach results in an unusual yet perfect way to respect their departed friend.… (more)

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