The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened

A universal, deeply moving exploration of grief and empathyWith its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, The Rabbit Listened is a tender meditation on loss.When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn't feel like chatting. The bear...

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Title:The Rabbit Listened
Author:Cori Doerrfeld
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Edition Language:English

The Rabbit Listened Reviews

  • Michele Knott

    Powerful book. I love how this one shows many different ways we can react to something and how sometimes we need to go through all of the emotions.

  • Mrs. Krajewski

    A review from my 6-year-old daughter: “I liked it! No one tells you how to feel. They don’t know how you feel inside unless you listen to them. My favorite character was the rabbit and Taylor because the rabbit listened to Taylor so much! I love Taylor because Taylor made such cool castles!”

  • Rebecca

    A simply perfect story of loss, grief, and empathy. Children can understand the falling of a block castle as a literal event, or a metaphorical one. The reactions of the various animals are a perfect jumping-off point for discussing how to react (or not react!) to those going through a loss. Have tissues handy. Bonus: main character Taylor's gender is not specified, either with pronouns in the text or coding in the illustrations. This adds to the book's universality.

  • Zephyrus White

    How could I not pick up this book? My niece has a stuffed bunny to whom she tells stories as she's falling asleep. But that personal connection aside this book is wonderful. A beutiful simple story of empathy, support, and connection; this book teaches how profound the simple act of listening can be in an absolutely exquisite way. Simple, profound, beautiful.

    I did almost docked it a star for making me cry in the bookstore, but I'm gonna let that slide.

  • Betsy

    Lest we forget, the only reason that children’s books were invented in the first place was to teach small human lessons. That is, in fact, the very backbone of the book business for youth today. Instruction. Guidance. Morally uplifting texts that will mold the little readers into fine, upstanding citizens. And because books like

    lie at the root of everything published in our day and age, we aren’t surprised by picture books that seek to instruct. These days, it's funny to

    Lest we forget, the only reason that children’s books were invented in the first place was to teach small human lessons. That is, in fact, the very backbone of the book business for youth today. Instruction. Guidance. Morally uplifting texts that will mold the little readers into fine, upstanding citizens. And because books like

    lie at the root of everything published in our day and age, we aren’t surprised by picture books that seek to instruct. These days, it's funny to think that picture books do not solely instruct just the young anymore. I doubt very much that old Benjamin Harris could have foreseen the rise of the graduation gift picture book or the books kept in a psychiatrist’s office for the aid of his or her adult patients. As it turns out, children are not the only ones in need of instruction these days. I call these kinds of books “Message Books” and each year I collect the names of the ones that do their jobs well. Anyone can write a book that crams its morals down the throats of its young readers. It is far more interesting to look at books that integrate their message seamlessly within their stories. The best make it look effortless and easy. My latest favorite?

    by Cori Doerrfeld. A book that makes me grateful to think that adults reading this book to small children will pick up on some of what it’s laying down.

    For a second there, it was a most magnificent thing. Taylor had worked very hard, building the blocks into just the right configuration. Who wouldn’t have been proud? And who could have predicted the flock of blackbirds that swooped out of the sky, knocking it all down? Suddenly left with nothing, Taylor is devastated. One by one, animals notice the child’s misery and try to help. A chicken recommends talking about it. A bear says to scream out anger. A hyena says to laugh about it. Yet as Taylor rejects their advice they leave, and the kid is alone again. Only the rabbit, quiet and close, stays with Taylor and listens. And when, after Taylor has talked, and screamed, and laughed, and gone through every step of the process, only then does Taylor think about rebuilding once again.

    One of the big trends of this and last year are picture books that tackle bad things happening in the wider world.

    by Holly McGhee,

    by Sarah Lynne Reul, and

    by Marianne Celano all seek to comfort and guide in hard times. What sets

    apart is its universality. The event that leads to Taylor’s misery is an out-of-the-blue disaster that strikes without warning or reason. And just like that, you have a book that can be applied to broad disasters like hurricanes, school shootings, or terrorist attacks or personal ones like the death of a loved one. Even the name “Taylor” could be applied to either a boy or a girl, and Doerrfeld is in no hurry to clear up precisely on which side of the line the child lies.

    I don’t actually recommend children’s books to adults unless that person has given me some serious prompting. But when I encountered a friend’s grief not too long ago, I recommended this one. My friend had been talking about the different ways in which people respond when someone they care about has experienced a deep loss. Doerrfeld herself has said in interviews that she wrote this book when two friends of hers lost a child. As a rule, humans don’t like to feel helpless in the face of impossible emotions. In our nervousness to just do SOMETHING we do everything the animals in this book do. We encourage the grieving person to scream, cry, talk it out, etc. and when they don’t we leave in exasperation (and possibly relief). For many of us, the idea of just being there when needed and not interjecting with our own “helpful” advice is actually very difficult. There are a few times in your life when the advice to shut up and listen bears careful consideration. This is one of those times.

    Digital art is just too much for me these days. We crossed the uncanny valley and have ended up on the other side, where digitization is no longer immediately recognizable. With a gun placed to my head I would have told you with confidence that the art in this book was graphite and watercolors. Not so. Putting aside the hows then, let’s look at the ways in which Doerrfeld approaches this material. Generally speaking, everything is placed against a pure white background. The danger of this is that it could feel like an Apple commercial, so scenes are broken up beautifully. In three sequences the background is lavender. One of those scenes is tragic, two are inspiring. At first, following the moment of the disaster, Taylor is sequestered to the left-hand page. Characters enter from the right, which is fascinating since I’d always heard that picture book editors hate it when characters walk into a scene in a way that’s the opposite of the page turns. Then again, it’s possible this is done on purpose because it gives the reader an unconscious feeling that something isn’t quite right with the scene. But through it all, the white background has been a wonderful way of showing how alone Taylor feels through all of this. Just a small child in a big empty space where once there was something wonderful.

    Listening is very in these days. I guess we haven’t been doing much of it for a while. We might hear a lot of things, but we don’t always listen. Some people are very good listeners. So good, in fact, that we forget to ask them about their own lives as well. In a way,

    is a celebration of these people. The folks that selflessly put away their own egos and opinions and advice to help other people. In the end I don’t know if I’d rather give this book to the people who do listen, in thanks for all they do, or to the people that never listen, in the hopes that they will. Maybe both. Or maybe I should just give the book to its chosen audience. Because the more children that understand the value of listening when tragedy has occurred, the more they’ll hear, and learn, and comprehend, and empathize. And isn’t that, in the end, what the best picture books do?

  • Pamela

    Oh the joys of attempting to quell a toddler's meltdown; hence, nigh as improbable as finding a needle in a haystack or a working payphone. It seems the harder one tries to soothe a little tike like Taylor - after their proudly built block tower comes crashing down - the more sullied and obstinate they become.

    But . . . The Rabbit Listened.

    And the Rabbit knew, patience is more than just a vuirtue. It's a quiet friend that waits until you're ready to begin again.

    Delightful artwork. Imaginative. S

    Oh the joys of attempting to quell a toddler's meltdown; hence, nigh as improbable as finding a needle in a haystack or a working payphone. It seems the harder one tries to soothe a little tike like Taylor - after their proudly built block tower comes crashing down - the more sullied and obstinate they become.

    But . . . The Rabbit Listened.

    And the Rabbit knew, patience is more than just a vuirtue. It's a quiet friend that waits until you're ready to begin again.

    Delightful artwork. Imaginative. Subtly bold. Splendid story for sharing with fiercely independent toddlers - which is primarily all toddlers.

    FOUR **** Fun and Imaginative, Bold and Virtuous, Picture Book **** STARS

  • Allie

    An excellent addition to the ever-growing shelf of picture books dealing with emotional literacy. This book is about Taylor who makes a tower that gets knocked down, and the parade of animals that try and help. There are so many ways that people try to help and so many ways we deal with difficulty, and it is imperative that we give children the tools to deal with their emotions in a variety of ways. I think this book would be an excellent opportunity to talk with a child about the emotions of ev

    An excellent addition to the ever-growing shelf of picture books dealing with emotional literacy. This book is about Taylor who makes a tower that gets knocked down, and the parade of animals that try and help. There are so many ways that people try to help and so many ways we deal with difficulty, and it is imperative that we give children the tools to deal with their emotions in a variety of ways. I think this book would be an excellent opportunity to talk with a child about the emotions of every character on each page (you can divide it, i.e. the child can be Taylor and the grown-up can be the animals; or it can be an ongoing conversation about

    the characters). You could even incorporate a feelings wheel (like

    ,

    or

    ) to help kids with identifying emotions while reading and beyond.

    ALSO this book is extremely well-written and edited because the child has a gender-neutral name, illustrated in a non-gendered way, and is never referred to using a pronoun. To do that and never have it sound repetitive or awkward is a real feat. Not only does it not sound awkward (low bar alert), but it sounds beautiful and effortless and avoids so many of the pitfalls of typical feelings books.

  • Ms. Shoshana

    Taylor builds something out of blocks and is sad when it comes down. None of the animals are helping - their coping strategies aren't Taylor's. Finally though, when Taylor is ready to talk, the rabbit listens and eventually Taylor is ready to rebuild. This is a simple and sweet story about overcoming something sad.

    I also liked that Taylor's gender is never mentioned or indicated by the illustrations.

  • Calista

    "Sometimes hugs say more than words" adorn the back cover of the book. This book is about grief.

    Several animals tried to help the child and the child didn't need that at the time. As the title says, the rabbit listened, which is what the child needed most. The rabbit was willing to stay in that place of grief with the child.

    I loved this book and it is powerful with a great message. It really is. It is talking about how to deal with emotions that are painful.

    The nephew liked all the animals tha

    "Sometimes hugs say more than words" adorn the back cover of the book. This book is about grief.

    Several animals tried to help the child and the child didn't need that at the time. As the title says, the rabbit listened, which is what the child needed most. The rabbit was willing to stay in that place of grief with the child.

    I loved this book and it is powerful with a great message. It really is. It is talking about how to deal with emotions that are painful.

    The nephew liked all the animals that showed up, especially the snake.

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