The Black Rabbit

by Philippa Leathers

Poor Rabbit. He wakes up and leaves his burrow on a beautiful sunny day only to discover... read more

Poor Rabbit. He wakes up and leaves his burrow on a beautiful sunny day only to discover he's being followed by a big black rabbit. When Rabbit runs, Black Rabbit chases him. When he stops and turns around, the huge Black Rabbit is there. Rabbit finally manages to escape Black Rabbit in the "deep, dark wood." But the appearance of two big eyes followed by a mouth full of sharp teeth, all belonging to a wolf, has him on the run again. He speeds out of the woods with the wolf on his heels. Just when it seems he's about to be devoured, guess who appears and scares the wolf away? Philippa Leathers's merry tale has a slight sense of foreboding, but it's more than matched by the pleasure readers and listeners will have being in the know. The illustrations make Rabbit's misunderstanding clear from the outset, while the contrast between his sweet, dainty self and his looming shadow, not to mention the somewhat frightening yet comical wolf, makes it all the more fun. (Ages 3-6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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