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The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny (original 1942; edition 2005)

by Margaret Wise Brown

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Title:The Runaway Bunny
Authors:Margaret Wise Brown
Info:HarperCollins (2005), Edition: Revised, Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Storytime Collection, Your library
Tags:classic, bunny, family

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The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (1942)


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It is the story of a young rabbit who runs away from home. His mother tells him that no matter who he becomes or where he goes she will find him. It shows us that a mother's love will never go away even if you do not live at home. ( )
  thnguyen | Nov 26, 2014 |
In my opinion, “El Conejito Andarin” is a great book with a very endearing story for young readers. This book is excellent for Spanish readers because it uses Spanish text and repetitive language. This book is the Spanish version of the book, “The Runaway Bunny.” The plot is organized and follows a repetitive pattern. The young bunny tells his mother of his hypothetical adventures to get away from her, and subsequently, the mother tells of all she would do to see her son. For example, the son says, “Me convertire en roca de una montana, alla en lo alto, lejoes, muy lejos de ti” (English: I will become a rock in the mountain, a mountain very high, much higher than you). Then the mom says, “Me hare alpinista y trepare hasta llegar junto a ti” (English: I will become a climber and climb until I am next to you). The characters are well-developed in the sense that they make the reader think of the bunny and rabbit as a real mother and baby. The scenario of the bunny and his mom represent the real relationship of a mother and child. The illustrations display attention-grabbing pictures of the adventure. The book’s illustrations are interesting because they incorporate different mediums of artwork. Some illustrations are very large and comprised of stunning colors that are created with paint. Other illustrations are made out of black and white sketches that are made with charcoal pencils. The big idea is to show children that they will eventually grow up and have adventures away from home, but their families will always be waiting for them to come home. ( )
  sstelz2 | Oct 8, 2014 |
Summary: The little bunny decided that he wanted to run away from his home mother, so the story started with him telling his mother that he wanted to run away. Throughout the story the little bunny told his mother that he would turn into a certain object, plant, etc. to hide from her, but his mother continuously said that she would change too so that she could find him. At the end of the story the little bunny tricked himself into realizing that he wanted to stay a little bunny and stay with his mother.

Review: Margaret Wise Brown does a superb job writing the children's book, The Runaway Bunny. The story she wrote uses excellent language for a young, new, independent reader to be able to follow along with, as well as incorporates imagination and reassurance into the story. The sentence, "If you become a...I will become a..." that Brown uses throughout the story allows the reader to read with ease and strengthen his/her fluency. By having a repetitive sentence Brown is setting the young reader up for full independent reading and may also give the reader confidence in him/herself.

Brown also creates a magical idea of imagination, as well as a comforting message of reassurance in her book. The little bunny is constantly creating himself into new animals and objects, such as a trout, a rock, and a crocus in a garden to find new ways to get away from his mother. The use of imagination is excellent for a young reader to experience. The end of the book also allows the reader to feel a sense of reassurance when the little bunny states, "I might as well stay where I am and be your little bunny" because his mother stated that she would follow him wherever he went to make sure that he was safe and sound (p. 30). ( )
  Kweber8 | Sep 1, 2014 |
I like the picture book size book of this book! I like to show the children how the pages will alternate between b & w illustrations and colored illustrations. Before I turn the page to the colored one I say, "and it looked like this...". This heartwarming book shows how much mother cares for baby bunny--she will follow him anywhere and dress up as anything!! Adorable! ( )
  emtimmins | Apr 17, 2014 |
I liked The Runaway Bunny, but I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I had remembered this book as a young child, but needed to refresh my memory. After reading so many other children’s books with more color and action, this one seemed a bit boring. But upon further research, I found this book is intended for younger readers K-2, not 4th or 5th graders, so I decided to look at it from another angle. Overall, I loved the characters, the plot, and the point of view. The mother and little bunny were definitely believable. The little bunny came up with so many creative ideas to run away from his mother, but in the end he realized he should just stay at home beside his mother. The mother just shows how much love a parents has for their child. Children could easily relate this story to their own lives, thinking about how much their parents love them. Being written in narrative voice and having the little bunny tell the story, makes it feel more realistic. The reader has a sense that they are there with the bunnies and part of the story. For example, “’If you become a little boy and run into a house’, said the mother bunny, ‘I will become your mother and catch you in my arms and hug you.’” This helps the reader imagine it happening before turning the page to the colored illustration of it actually happening. The overall message of this classic, was parents and the love between a child and their mother. ( )
  esiera1 | Feb 27, 2014 |
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Hurd, ClementIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anhava, HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.

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