My Friend Rabbit: A Picture Book

My Friend Rabbit: A Picture Book

by Jennifer Armstrong

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When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. Of course, Rabbit has a solution -- but when Rabbit sets out to solve a problem, even bigger problems follow.

Every child who's ever had someone slightly bigger or slightly older over to play will recognize this story about toys and trouble and friendship. Eric Rohmann's third picture book is illustrated with robust, wonderfully expressive hand-colored relief prints -- the perfect vehicle for a simple, heartfelt tale about childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596436411
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 395,624
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: BR (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit, a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies, and a Robert F. Silbert Honor for Giant Squid. He is also the author and illustrator of Bone Dog, A Kitten Tale, and The Cinder-Eyed Cats, among other books for children. He has illustrated many other books, including Last Song, based on a poem by James Guthrie, and has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman.

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When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints.

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My Friend Rabbit: A Picture Book 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
missmichelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age Appropriateness: PrimaryGenre:This book is a good example of a fantasy because it is about a mouse who lets his friend, rabbit, play with his new toy airplane. Although the characters are veyr believable, the animals do talk about the importance of friendship.
alyssabuzbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mouse and Rabbit are friends, but Rabbit always seems to be getting into some kind of trouble. This si a great book to begin a discussion about how true friends stick together no matter what.
elizabethholloway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mouse has a friend, Rabbit, who, though he means well, always gets into some trouble. Fortunately, he always has a fun plan to get out of trouble too. This is a book about how we not only tolerate our friends' differences (or shortcomings), we embrace them. It also has fun events--like a mouse riding in a toy airplane or Rabbit stacking a bunch of very tall animals on top of each other to retrieve the plane from a tree. The illustrations are beautiful and the bold black outlines are eye-catching. The camaraderie and excitement of the two friends is evident from the pictures. In fact, the pictures tell much of the story and provide much of the humor as Rabbit stacks the big animals. this is a great read for ages 3 to 7.
multilingualmaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mouse tells a humorous story of how his friend Rabbit is always getting into mischief, even though he means well. With the use of heavy outlining and simple yet vibrant colors, these illustrations seem to jump off the page.
RobertaRogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Friend Rabbit is a good picture book. There is not a lot of writing so you have to look at the pictures and figure the story for yourself. It is about a mouse who has a friend that is a rabbit and trouble just seems to follow rabbit around no matter where he goes. The mouse gets his plane caught in the tree and rabbit is trying his best to help the mouse get the plane down. Rabbit comes up with this great idea and he is gathering all of the other animals and placing them on top of one another and rabbit climbs on the very top to reach for the plane. They finally got the plane down awhile they all tumbled down upon each other. Then rabbit threw the plane agian and it got stuck in the tree again at the end, but rabbit had an idea. The story was exciting for me as an adult because of the pictures and how I got to figure the story out for myself. I also think older students like first or second grade would really enjoy the book since they are older and can figure it oiut better.I would have this story in my library in the classroom for my students. I do not think it would be a very good story to read to them.
lpeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a picture book that has very few words in it. It is about a rabbit who is always in trouble. He gets a plane stuck into a tree and his friend mouse things he has an idea. He wants to stack all kinds of animals on top of each other to reach the plane in the tree. Then the animals come tumbling down, except for the mouse and he takes off in the plane with rabbit holding on and it gets stuck again. Then could be used in many different areas in your classroom. I would have my kids talk about ways they could stay out of trouble with the airplane.
jl624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is about a rabbit and a mouse trying to adventure the world by plane. The troubles always follow them. The plots are funny and interesting. The words are simple while the illustrations are complex and very eye-catching. The story also teaches the value of friendship to children reading the book. Great book for kids aged from 0-5.
weeksie50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rabbit and Mouse are friends forever and Mouse's little airplane gets stuck in a tree and he cannot get it down. So Rabbit has an idea to get Mouse's plane. Rabbit brought an elephant, a rhinoceros, a hippo, a duck and her four babies, a deer, a squirrel, an alligator, and a bear to pile up high to get Mouse's airplane. The squirrel lifted Mouse up to reach the plane and then all of the animals fell. And Mouse got stuck with his airplane. The animals were mad at Rabbit. But Mouse is still Rabbit's friend because Rabbit tried to help Mouse get his airplane.This is a laugh out loud book, that my students beg me to read time and again. They love how trouble seems to follow Rabbit.
Janeece on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a book about a young rabbit who has trouble knipping at his heels every where he goes. This book is a book that is wordless. It has a few words, but througout the story the author wants you to tell your version.The only words that are in it are basically prompts to get your story started. At the end an unexpected situation happens that sends the jungle into a jumble.I found myself getting into this story, becuase each time I read it I can change the story into what is going on in my life. Hopefully the outcome is as good as the story.One of my classroom extensions is to have my students write what they want the story to say on a flip chart I will help them fill out in the fron of the room. Another one is to have my students create a wordless picture book and then have anither student read ot to see how different people intrepret things differntly.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of the friendship between a mouse and a rabbit and the calamities that occur when the rabbit tries to help the mouse remove his plane from a tree.
dknapp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a mouse who is friends with a rabbit who tends to get them into trouble. Rabbit throws the airplane up into a tree and it gets stuck. Rabbit says he has a plan and starts collecting animals to stack on top of each other to reach the plane. They can almost reach it but then they all come falling down. All the animals are mad at Rabbit and start to go after him but Mouse comes to the rescue in his little plane. Rabbit is so happy he hugs Mouse. With his eyes covered, Mouse gets the plane stuck in a tree again. Rabbit says he has a plan. This is a cute book and the pictures are outstanding. They are so simple but full of life and creativity. They make me want to write and illustrate my own book. The story is simple and short but it reads well out loud.This book could be used in the classroom to teach friendship and forgiveness. Another idea would be to have older children draw out a picture that tells a story. The pictures in the book are really inspiring.
lisab818 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rabbit and Mouse are good friends, even though Rabbit is always finding trouble. When their toy airplane gets stuck in a tree, Rabbit comes up with a plan involving lots of animals that is far-fetched and hilarious. Most of the story is told through pictures, so close attention to the illustrations is key for comprehension. This would be a great book for emerging readers and writers to fill in the story themselves.
Oliverday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice pictures, but very few words. I think Oliver a bit too young for this book at the moment. The pictures tell the story.
nzfj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Friend Rabbit is intended for an eight month old to a 5 year old. There is not much text and therefore would probably be considered a wordless book. It is definitely an enjoyable read aloud with a friendship theme. The art is expressionistic to a slight degree. There is a black border around each page and the figures are outlined in black as well. Mouse gets a present and rabbit sorta takes over and before mouse could say "squeak" , his airplane(the gift) had been thrown way to high and too close to a tree. Friend rabbit begins to pile" jungle animals" one on top of another, ending with himself, standing on top, holding a squirrel, who in turn is holding mouse. Mouse reaches out to get his plane from the high tree branch. Animals all come tumbling down and mouse and rabbit take off in the plane to their next mishap. This picture book has the theme of friendship and sharing and how mouse copes with rabbit, who means well, but trouble follows him wherever he goes. Excellent book for children to do a story retell or journal entry.
Pusparani on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If we want to find a book which beautifully illustrated and written, yet strongly carrying moral values to readers, My Friend Rabbit is a perfect one. My Friend Rabbit is a story about self-esteem, motivation, friendship, and imagination. It speaks about working together to solve problems. Besides, it is a very powerful story on how we can understand our friend just the way she or he is. It is an adventuring experience of two best friends, Rabbit and Mouse with full of fantasy and humorous storyline. When Mouse has a new toy, a plane, he lets Rabbit to play with him. However, the plane is stuck in a tree, and Rabbit tries to find solution by asking his friends, elephant, hippopotamus, crocodile, and many others to stack in order to save the plane. The trouble comes up afterward because it is a very high stack of huge animals, then it cannot hold long and they all fall off. Fortunately, Mouse can get the plane and fly carrying Rabbit with him. A problem is there when the plane, Mouse, and Rabbit stuck in a tree one more time. It is ended by Rabbit¿s saying that he has idea to help them. Eric Rohman leaves out a window for readers to see and think what Rabbit might do to help his friend. Imagination is a powerful element in this book. About its art, the illustration is solid, think, yet full of vivid colors. Blue is dominant as it suggests a motivation and joyful moment. It is a great book for problem-solution theme. Highly recommended for children in pre-K, K to 3rd grade.
brookebrush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grade Appropriateness: PrimaryGenre: FantasyReview: This is a good example of fantasy, because animals cannot talk and fly little airplanes.Comments: - Ask, What idea do you think rabbit has? -Ask, could a rabbit really up elephants, hippos, and rhinos? -Create a plan that you think rabbit should have used to retrieve the airplane.
mmuncy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Friend Rabbit although it does have a few words, is considered a wordless picture book. The words in the story are told from a mouse¿s point of view. The illustrations in the book really tell the story. The story is about a rabbit who means well, but always finds trouble. The mouse¿s airplane gets stuck in a tree and rabbit sets out to help him. He begins to stack animals up so that he can reach the airplane. The animals get stacked very high. Mouse can just touch the airplane when all of the animals fall. The animals get mad at rabbit, but mouse was able to get in his plane and comes to rabbit¿s rescue.The illustrations in this book were really good. I especially liked the one when the animals are all stacked. To see the picture correctly you have to turn the book on its side. Even the words are written that way.This would be a book I would suggest to the kindergarten teacher if she was going to be talking about friendship. I also think it is important for younger children to be able to pick out a title and author¿s name on a book, so this would just be a fun book to read after the children point out these components of the book.
rjmcwhorter1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is adorably written, and it has beautiful illustrations. It is also very funny, and the children can have fun deciphering what is going on themselves, by viewing all of the photos.
smilz23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rabbit is a good friend but wherever he goes trouble follows. He tries to help Mouse get his toy airplane out of a tree using an elephant, rhino, and other large animals. The illustrations are colorful and big making the story fun to follow. There are several pages without words so children could come up with their own sounds and words for the story.Classroom Connections: This book could be used to have discussions about friendship and making good choices.
chuckles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Friend Rabbit is a brilliantly illustrated masterpiece. Rabbit has bad ideas, and trouble always seems to follow him. When he flies Mouse¿s toy airplane into a tree, he comes up with a hilarious plan for its retrieval. Starting with an elephant and a rhinoceros, Rabbit stacks up an impressive number of animals, only to have them fall. This simple yet expansive storyline is so expressively illustrated that words are almost unnecessary.
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psycheKK More than 1 year ago
The fact that My Friend Rabbit won the Caldecott Medal made me pick the book up. The fact that it was a funny book made me buy it.  Sometimes my four-year-old son tries to "help" around the house. Usually his "help" means a great deal more work for me, but the kid means well, so I praise the effort. The rabbit in the book means well, but his efforts do not often succeed as planned. I guess I should be grateful that my son doesn't employ an elephants, hippopotamus, alligator, rhinoceros, etc., to carry out his plans.  Eric Rothman uses a bold outline for his "ink-block" illustrations. It works. The animal expressions are comical, and yet the animals are rendered in such a way it is very clear what each animal is. Cartoony, confusing animals are one of my pet peeves in children's literature. I don't always like books that won the Caldecott Medal. I do very much like My Friend Rabbit, though.
Jen110709 More than 1 year ago
My Friend Rabbit is a sweet book that introduces the idea of unconditional love and friendship to young children. The mouse tells the story about his friendship with Rabbit and how "whatever he does, wherever he goes, trouble follows." Young children will enjoy the story due to all the animals, and they will continue to like the story as they move towards literacy since there are just a few words. This allows the pre-reader and early reader to feel a sense of accomplishment as they finish a book. The storyline is clear, even with just a few pages with script on them; a mark of a great picture book! The illustrations pull the reader through the story; many of which take up more than one page. Some pictures start on one page and continue unto the adjacent one. This creates the idea of movement and time to young readers. Other illustrations are only partly on the page, and require the reader to turn the page in order to find out what it is. The pictures truly express the authors intent. Rabbits big ideas lead to big trouble but through it all Mouse and Rabbit are friends. What an important lesson for little ones.
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