Rabbit Listened, The

Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
A universal, deeply moving exploration of grief and empathy With 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 thinks Taylor should get angry, but that's not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. Whether read in the wake of tragedy or as a primer for comforting others, this is a deeply moving and unforgettable story sure to soothe heartache of all sizes.

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Reviewed: 2020-12-01

"One day, Taylor decided to build something." Taylor is an curious young boy who builds a wondrous tower made of blocks. Proudly, he admires his giant tower, only to watch it fall because of a flock of birds flying by. The book follows as, one by one, animals pass by, trying to talk or make Taylor laugh, but nothing really works. Finally, a rabbit shows up and sits beside him. The rabbit listens to his problem and, in the end, they decide to rebuild the tower. This heartwarming story about friendship is perfect for young kids. It makes you want to keep turning the pages. The bright illustrations are adorable and make you understand the story, especially the characters' emotions. Submitted by: Abbey S.

Reviewed: 2020-03-25
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