The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened

eBook - 2018
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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 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.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780735231139
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 06, 2019

A beautiful reminder of what it takes to be a good friend. My son handed it to me at the library and said "This is a great book. Please read it, then we'll take it home and read it there too." I just sent my friend group a note to read the book and help me to know when they need me to be an elephant, or a bear, or a rabbit for them.

May 07, 2019

The heart-piercing front and back cover alone will make you want to open this book, to read to a little one or just to yourself.
The timeless, sensible message, about the importance of just being there for someone trying to get through a tough time, is rendered with heartwarming simplicity and grace. And oh gosh, that sweet little bunny just melts me.

Apr 09, 2019

I liked the characters in this book because they're perfect for the words they say to the boy. It made me feel happy and made me think about wanting to help others. Katelynn

I liked this book because all the animals tried to help, but the kangaroo just cleaned up. The bunny was the only one who helped. This book is about friendship. Jinessa

DBRL_JessicaM Dec 07, 2018

Taylor decides to build a castle, but the castle is destroyed by birds. Taylor wants to express emotions over it, but the other animals come and overlay their own reactions over Taylor's. Each one's emotion does not match Taylor's own grieving process for the hard work, so the animals feel slighted over it and leave Taylor. However, the rabbit comes, comforts Taylor, and lets Taylor work through the stages of grief. Definitely a beneficial book about emotional responses, emotional displacement, and a healthy process of going through each stage to the point where Taylor feels ready to try again. Definitely would recommend to others, will be recommending to people in my own life as a resource.

RobertELPL Nov 08, 2018

Great story that looks at all of the ways a child could handle a bad situation and all of the emotions they could go through. Also looks into how the way people want to help isn't always the help that you need. A very sweet book.

Jul 19, 2018

I love this story about the importance of having a friend who is willing to sit by our side while we feel things. A friend who will listen quietly and supportively while we voice our feelings and wait patiently for us to figure out what we would like to do about the things in our life that are hard and sad.

Jul 19, 2018

The Rabbit Listened is beautiful in its simplicity, story and illustrations. I'm always impressed when a picture book is able to simplify a complex and/or difficult topic. The subject tackled here is how to support someone whose world has come crashing down. This is an excellent book for ages 3 and up. It would be wonderful if we could all learn to listen like the rabbit does.

OLATHEAllisonA May 29, 2018

Here is a picture book that is just as instructive for adults as it is for children. A tender and encouraging read, "The Rabbit Listened" subtly describes the many stages of grief and how one can best help a friend who is hurting. The illustrations are gentle and make great use of white space. Keep your Kleenex handy for the ending!

PimaLib_LoisM May 07, 2018

This sweet book with beautiful illustrations shows children how they can manage their feelings with the help of a supportive friend who really knows how to listen.

May 05, 2018

Very good book on reacting to personal tragedy.

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