by Robert Lawson
The author of Ben and Me
illustrator of Mr. Popper's
won a Newbery Medal in 1945 for both writing and illustrating this story. And in
my opinion, it should be a children's classic.
Little Georgie is the youngest child of Mother and Father Rabbit, the last one still living in the hutch. And all in the spring and summer in which he proves to be a nearly-full-grown rabbit, he is the most excited of all the little animals on Rabbit Hill. For new folks are coming to the abandoned house, coming to revive the decaying garden and lawns, coming to provide food for the rabbits, field mice, woodchuck, skunk, fox, deer, and other denizens of the field and wood.
The hired men who do the work of preparing the garden and grounds have certain ideas about how to get alone with these little creatures. Fence them out of the garden. Use dogs, guns, traps, and poison to drive them away. But the new Man and Lady who come to live in the house have ideas of their own--strange ideas, maybe ideas that come from reading so much that the brain goes soft!
The little animals have nothing to complain about...until one of Little Georgie's adventures gets him in big trouble. Then comes the big test, the test of whether little animals and big folks can get along with each other.
Here is a cheerful, warm-hearted story packed with natural beauty, a bit of danger and suspense, and a daring message: "There is enough for all." It does not talk down to you or sacrifice truth for cuteness, as some tales of adorable little bunnies are perceived as doing. And besides, I think you will fall in love with Little Georgie.
Recommended Age: 8+
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