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Author: Jo Empson

Illustrator: Jo Empson

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Publisher: Child's Play International, 2012

Material: hard cover

Summary: Rabbit likes doing rabbity things, like hopping, eating grass, and burrowing. And then, he has some decidedly unrabbity habits, such as painting and music. But what happens to the other rabbits when he leaves? They find that they can be just as colorful and unrabbity. This picture book story shows that people can think of you - even when you're not around.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: They really liked it. The thought of a rabbit painting or playing music was endlessly amusing, as well as the explosion of color.

Adult Reader Reaction: I really liked this book. It has a sweet story and the illustrations are gorgeous and bright. I was not that surprised that my kids liked Rabbityness, between the colors and words like "Rabbity," I knew they would like it.

Pros: Enjoy this very cute and positive story, great illustrations, and a clever integration of art and music.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. It was such a sweet book and would make a great gift.


Educational Themes: This is a story where you can draw out themes of friendship, being true to yourself, and creativity. You can also have fun with creating new words. Just like certain things have rabbityness; are there things that are sheepyness? or cowyness? and what 'hobbies' would you envision a sheep having? or a cow?

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, self worth, music, art

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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