By Cori Doerrfeld
Illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
The Rabbit Listened is an excellent book for beginning discussions about feelings, ways children can respond to situations that bother them, and the importance of just “being there” and listening. The book contains simple but effective illustrations and definitely should have a place among the “social/emotional” choices in the classroom library.
The book begins with Taylor building a huge, impressive structure with his blocks. From out of nowhere a flock of birds swoops by, destroying all his hard work. He is very upset, and a variety of animals stop by to advise him how to handle the situation.
The chicken tells him to talk about his feelings. The bear tells him to shout! An elephant advises him to remember how things were. The hyena recommends laughing about it. A kangaroo suggests Taylor just throw it all away. The ostrich says he should just pretend it never happened. The snake urges him to feel better by knocking over someone else’s work. Then they all go away.
When the rabbit comes, he just snuggles up to Taylor and does not say a word. He listens as Taylor talks, and shouts, and remembers. He listens as Taylor laughs and pretends nothing happened. He listens as Tayler makes plans to throw it all away and to ruin things for others. Rabbit just listens.
Finally, he listens to Taylor’s dreams to rebuild something bigger and better than ever!
The moral of the story: “Sometimes hugs say more than words.”
Reviewed by: Joyce Johanson