Saturday, January 23, 2010

Module #1

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown- Module #1

Brown, Margaret Wise. The Runaway Bunny. New York City: Harper&Row Publishers Inc., 1942.

In the book The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (1942), a little bunny tells of the ways he will runaway from his mother. The little bunny explains different objects he will change into such as a bird, sailboat, trapeze artist, etc; in order to run away. His mother counters this by promising the little bunny the things she will change into such as a tree, the wind, etc; in order to follow and catch him no matter what. The story comes full circle when the little bunny says he will turn into a little boy and the mother bunny replies that she will be his mother and catch him in a hug.

Tattered Cover says:
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown is a simple book as far as words and patterns, but is very complex in portraying the strong ties between mother and child. It is an example of a mother's love and the extraordinary things a mother will do for her child. I think every child struggles with wanting to be independent, even from very young ages. However, in the heart of every child, the comfort of knowing Mom will be there for you is what gives them courage to venture out. Though young children may not understand the underlying message, I think they enjoy the patterns in the book are comforted by the love of the mother for her little bunny.

How to use this in the library:
In a library setting, this book would be good to tell younger kids and have them extend. They could write and draw other things the bunny and mother could change into and create a bulletin board with the pictures. Also students could act out the book with puppets that they have made of the characters and perform it on a parent's night.


"Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has never been out of print. Generations of sleepy children and grateful parents have loved the classics of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, including Goodnight Moon. The Runaway Bunny begins with a young bunny who decides to run away: "'If you run away,' said his mother, 'I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.'" And so begins a delightful, imaginary game of chase. No matter how many forms the little bunny takes--a fish in a stream, a crocus in a hidden garden, a rock on a mountain--his steadfast, adoring, protective mother finds a way of retrieving him. The soothing rhythm of the bunny banter--along with the surreal, dream-like pictures--never fail to infuse young readers with a complete sense of security and peace. For any small child who has toyed with the idea of running away or testing the strength of Mom's love, this old favorite will comfort and reassure." Review