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The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny (original 1942; edition 2005)

by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

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Title:The Runaway Bunny
Authors:Margaret Wise Brown
Other authors:Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2005), Edition: Revised, Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Picture books for Elementary Students
Tags:alphabet, rhymes

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The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (1942)

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The runaway bunny is a story about a mother's love for her child. It starts off with a little bunny who tells his mother he is running away. His mother tells him that if he runs away, she will come after him. He goes on to say all the things he could become such as a fish swimming through a stream and bird flying away, but his mother explains that she will always find a way to go after him. In the end, the little bunny decides he will just stay where he is and be his mother's little bunny.

I personally enjoyed this book because of the message behind it. A mother's love for her child or children is something that cannot really be explained in words. However, this book does a good job of showing it. The determination of the mother to always figure out a way to take care of her little bunny captures that love.

The illustrations throughout the book also do a good job of telling the story and help children visualize the scenarios the little bunny describes. ( )
  lmr288 | Apr 17, 2015 |
Plot Summary:
There was this little bunny who wanted to run away. He told his mom different scenarios of him running away. He would tell her he’d become different things, such as a fish or a rock, and every time she would tell him she would change into something, like a fisherman or a mountain hiker, to be able to bring him home. The mother bunny finally convinced him not to run away because she loved him too much to not go after him.

Character Analysis:
Mother: Loving and stubborn
Baby Bunny: Imaginative

Personal Evalutation:
This was a very cute picture book. It is great for really young ages because it has a lot of art work and it doesn’t take too long to read if your child loses interest easily. ( )
  alf275 | Apr 15, 2015 |
Mom's a stalker?! I don't understand the reviews that say that. My three sons and I absolutely loved this. It's about the baby asking for reassurance that mom will do everything in her power to be available to her child. And that's sweet, not stalking. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. I liked that the author wrote the dialogue with black and white illustrations. Then, the next page are illustrations in color that are related to the text before. For example, “‘If you become a bird and fly away from,’ said his mother, ‘I will be a tree that you come home to.” The next page displays an illustration of the baby bunny as a bird and the mother bunny as a tree. The colorful illustrations fill the entire pages and have no text. I think this allows the reader’s imagination to expand and also allows the reader to focus on that specific event or main idea in the story. I liked how the readers transform the bunny into different objects. I also liked how each illustration is in a different setting. The big idea of the story is that your parents will always love and support you even if you leave them. ( )
  ktran4 | Feb 20, 2015 |
One of my favorite stories of all time. Great illustrations and story plot. This book is a fun, rhythmic, picture book that describes the imagination of a bunny who just wants to run away and be free. The bunnies imagination wants to take it anywhere. It's a simple plot and great for children to understand and follow. This is an example of a modern fantasy book. ( )
  sarahetuemmler | Jan 25, 2015 |
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Brown, Margaret Wiseprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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