Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rabbit Hill

This story was a slow starter for me as an adult; I wonder if my kids would have any patience for it. That would be too bad because the ending is really very sweet.

The illustrations are a delightful compliment, as is the map on the inside cover. That the author was also the illustrator is a nice touch. I noticed (with more interest than I had in the book itself) that Robert Lawson was also the illustrator of a favorite story of mine, Ferdinand. Last week I discovered that Lawson is also the author/illustrator of Ben and Me, which I unsuccessfully tried reading to my son when he was seven or eight. The stuffy prose, well represented in Rabbit Hill by father rabbit's dialogue, turned him off.

For the short read, I didn't mind Rabbit Hill. However, I wouldn't expect my kids to like it and am surprised it merited a Newbery Medal.


Anonymous said...

I loved this book as a child but I haven't read it since. Perhaps I loved it because my mother read to me each evening. Maybe I'll give it a try again as an adult and see what I think.

Amanda (the librarian) said...

I had a student choose this book last year for an English class reading Newberys just because it was the shortest non-poetry winner. Good review!