the whispering rabbit
April 11, 2017
Annnnnnnd let's pause a moment and take a look back at that paragraph and marvel. I swear with each passing blog post, I set the bar just a wee bit higher for myself to see how many run-on sentences I can string together.
'Margaret Wise Brown's The Whispering Rabbit' is such a treasure, and I'm stupefied that I've never seen it before, never read it before, never knew it existed. I saw it in a bookstore recently, and picked it up, flipped the pages and then went directly to pay for it at the checkout counter. Annie Won's illustrations have put this newly reissued vintage delight into a new realm of enchanting. This, and other classic tales, are part of Little Golden Books 75th anniversary set. (Um, so if you're looking for a really special gift for someone......go, go, go!) I found this as a standalone, but I would have gone for the set if I had seen it in the bookstore.
The bunny is advised that he needs to wake up the bee with a little noise, not a big noise, because bumblebees don't pay attention to big noises. So the rabbit starts making all kinds of 'little noises'. Even a whisper is too loud.
And loooooooook at that picturrrrrrrrrre up above!
Then the bee wakes up and flies away. And the little bunny can finally take his own nap.
So, Margaret Wise Brown. I'm so wanting to read this biography about her - it just came out this past winter and it sounds so interesting - did you know that she wasn't all that fond of children?? Not sure if you worship at her shrine, like I do. I love and appreciate 'The Runaway Bunny' and 'Goodnight Moon' as much as the next person, but the book that really cements her status in my mind as a true legend is 'The Little Fur Family', which I think is one of the few absolutely perfect picture books in existence. Her works paired with Garth William's art is the stuff dreams are made of.
Anyway....this book is utterly, crazy fantastic, and if I had had this one when Julia was 3 or 4 years old, it would have been on auto-repeat every day.
I've just realized that I need to go get all my Margaret Wise Brown's together on the same shelf. One of my #bookgoals is to have all of her books. Or most of them. Do you have a favorite? I think after 'The Little Fur Family', my other great favorite is 'The Color Kittens'. I also really need to get 'Wait Till The Moon Is Full'. (Another one she did with my knight in shining armor, Garth Williams)
In other news, I'm totally running out of bookshelf space. #bookproblems