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BOOKS about RABBITS, BUNNIES - Children Baby-Preschool thru Ages 4-8
BOOKS about RABBITS, BUNNIES - Children Ages 9-12
BOOKS about RABBITS, BUNNIES - Young Adults and Adults, Reference
BOOKS, Kindle editions - RABBITS, BUNNIES
MUSIC, CDs and DVDs - RABBITS & BUNNIES - All ages
JEWELRY and GIFTS relating to RABBITS & BUNNIES - All ages
~~Advice, Discussion and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians




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Bunny Book (The) (Little Golden Book) by Patricia M. Scarry and Richard Scarry. ( 2005 - Ages 4-8)
A daddy bunny plays with his baby bunny and says, “What will our baby be when he grows up?” Everyone, from the baby’s mother to big sister to Great Aunt Bunny, seems to know: a clown, a policeman, a candy store owner. But the baby only nibbles on his carrot and looks wise . . . for he knows he will grow up to be a nice daddy bunny!

Bunny Cakes (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells. (2000 - Ages 4-8)
In his most hilarious escapade yet, Max learns a invaluable lesson--in his irresistible way! For Grandma's birthday, Max wants to make her an earthworm birthday cake. His sister Ruby is going to make an angel surprise cake with raspberry-fluff icing. When Grandma ends up with two cakes, guess which one she'll eat first?

Bunny Money (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells. (2000 - Ages 4-8)
It's Grandma's birthday, and Ruby knows exactly what Grandma would love-a beautiful ballerina box. Max also knows what she'd love-a scary pair of ooey-gooey vampire teeth. Ruby has saved up a walletful of bills, but as unexpected mishap after mishap occurs, money starts running through the bunnies' fingers.... Will they have enough left for the perfect present?

Bunny's Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown. (2002 - Ages 4-8)
A wonderfully satisfying board book edition of a beloved story. Brown's lyrical text and gentle question/answer format offer young children plenty of opportunity to chime right in!

Country Bunny (The) and the Little Gold Shoes (Sandpiper Books) by Dubose Heyward with Marjorie Flack (illus). (1974 - Ages 4-8)
The country bunny attains the exalted position of Easter Bunny in spite of her responsibilities as the mother of twenty-one children.

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
A clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it. Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature sense of humor here--there is also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. This is a smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on at least one thing: reading it again!

Dumb Bunnies Collection by Dav Pilkey. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
Whether they're swimming with their umbrellas (so they won't get wet) or watching TV in their pajamas (who knew the TV would fit in there?), these silly rabbits put the dumb in...dumb bunnies! Join them for four zany, hilarious adventures in this fun-filled collection.

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow with Susan F. Cornelison (illus).
(2006 - Baby-Preschool)
Imagine how much easier life would be if children listened better. Meet Howard B. Wigglebottom, a curious rabbit who just doesn't listen! This new illustrated book, has been created to help children, ages 4-7, improve their listening skills and pay attention. Educators, parents, and children alike will laugh and learn as Howard B. Wigglebottom learns to listen.

Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Barbara Park with Denise Brunkus (illus). (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Lucille is having an Easter Egg Hunt at her rich expensive mansion! And guess what? The winner gets a play date to swim in Lucille's heated indoor swimming pool! But how did Junie B. get stuck wearing a big dumb bunny suit? And how can she possibly find eggs when she keeps tripping over her huge big rabbit feet? Being a dumb bunny is definitely not as easy as it looks. Will Junie B. end up with egg on her face?...

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) by Mo Willems.
(2004 - Ages 4-8)
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind...

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
Trixie can't wait to bring her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to school and show him off to everyone. But when she gets there, she sees something awful: Sonja has the same bunny. Suddenly, Knuffle Bunny doesn't seem so one-of-a-kind anymore. Chaos ensues; Ms. Greengrove takes away the bunnies. After school, Trixie finally gets her beloved bunny back. But in the middle of the night, Trixie realizes something. She has the wrong bunny!...

Silly Tilly and the Easter Bunny (An I Can Read Book, Level 1) by Lillian Hoban. (1989 - Ages 4-8)
Silly Tilly Mole wakes up and smells jelly beans. She thinks she forgot to remember Easter. She wants to ask the Easter Bunny in for a cup of tea, but where are her glasses and Easter bonnet? Tilly is so silly she forgets what she's looking for--and almost misses Easter!

Velveteen Rabbit (The) by Margery Williams with William Nicholson (illus). (2005 reprint - Baby-Preschool through Ages 4-8)
The Rabbit in the stocking isn't as expensive as the other toys: he’s covered in velveteen. On Christmas Day, the Boy enjoys his new toy but then quickly forgets and neglects him. Shunned and unsure, the Velveteen Rabbit questions his worth. Should he even be called a real toy? An answer comes from his friend, the Skin Horse: "Real isn’t how you are made...It's a thing that happens to you...When a child REALLY loves you, you become real."

When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Tale from the Choctaw Nation by Tim Tingle. (2007 - ages 4-8)
Maybe you think you know the story of the big race between Rabbit and Turtle. Think again! In this story from the Choctaw People, Tim Tingle shows that it was not being slow and steady that won Turtle the big race, it was those feathers!!!

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Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe and James Howe with Alan Daniel (illus).
(2006 - Ages 9-12)
It all starts when the dog Harold's human family, the Monroes, goes to see the movie Dracula, and young Toby accidentally sits on a baby rabbit wrapped in a bundle on his seat. How could the family help but take the rabbit home and name it Bunnicula? Chester, the literate, sensitive, and keenly observant family cat, soon decides there is something weird about this rabbit...

Down the Rabbit Hole (An Echo Falls Mystery) by Peter Abrahams. (2006 - Ages 9-12)
Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. And getting them back will mean getting tangled up in a murder investigation as complicated as the mysteries solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes. But as things in Echo Falls keep getting curiouser and curiouser, Ingrid realizes she must solve the murder on her own -- before it's too late!

Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan. (2009 - Ages 9-12)
Emmaline lives in a very tidy town, but Emmaline is not tidy. Emmaline likes to hop, hop, hop and holler. And, more than anything, Emmaline wants a bunny. But Orson Oliphant is mayor of the town and he is very tidy and has banished all animals, including bunnies. But there is still one secret place in town where animals can hop and fly and be free—a place where there is a bunny.
Is there a way for Emmaline to have a bunny of her own?

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (The) by Kate Dicamillo with Bagram Ibatoulline (illus).
(2007 - Ages 9-12)
An extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle -- that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Penderwicks (The): A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (Penderwicks (Quality)) by Jeanne Birdsall. (2007 - Ages 9-12)
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein. (2005 - Ages 9-12)
Welcome to the world of Runny Babbit and his friends Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake, and many others who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.
So if you say, "Let's bead a rook...That's billy as can se,"
You're talkin' Runny Babbit talk...Just like mim and he.

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House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live With an Urban Rabbit by Marinell Harriman. (1995)
Packed with the collected wisdom of bunny-lovers and charming, candid photos of their pets, this manual tells readers how to successfully integrate a rabbit into one's life. Harriman includes the latest in veterinary information and helpful how-to sections on care and feeding. 100 photos. Charts.

Rabbits: Complete Care Guide by Virginia Parker Guidry. (2002)
Filled with invaluable information, health care, training tips, and insight into a rabbit's personality, this book helps rabbit owners keep their rabbits healthy, happy, and living longer. Includes: Up-to Date Information • Fascinating Historical Facts • Tips on Choosing the Right Pet • Helpful Resource Guide • Emergency First Aid Tips • Fun Activities and Tricks • Simple Training Tips • Diet and Nutrition • Communicating with Your Pet...

Rabbit Handbook, The (Barron's Pet Handbooks) by K. Gendron. (2000)
To thrive, rabbits need to be properly housed and fed, and protected from diseases and parasites. Here is detailed advice on keeping and breeding healthy, contented rabbits. Titles in Barron's popular Pet Handbooks series instruct pet owners on health care, proper feeding and housing, and other facts important to owners and their pets.

Rabbit Health in the 21st Century Second Edition: A Guide for Bunny Parents by Kathryn Smith. (2003)
Topics include: Choosing and establishing a relationship with a veterinarian • Symptoms and safe treatment options for a variety of conditions • Diagnostic tests and how to understand what they tell your veterinarian • Drugs (prescription, over the counter, and supplements) • Alternative medicine • Coping with loss • Resources and references. Stories and pictures of rabbits from around the world are sprinkled throughout the book.

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BOOKS, Kindle editions - RABBITS, BUNNIES

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Sensible Hare and the Case of Carrots by David Roberts and Daren King. (Kindle edition 2009)
Sensible Hare is on the hunt for lovely Mazy Rabbit's missing suitcase of carrots. But Mazy's case turns out to be more than Sensible bargained for. A bunch of poker-playing villains are also after the suitcase and lead Sensible on a wild adventure of train chases, secret tunnels leading to secret hideouts, and bad guys in disguise, putting Sensible on the wrong side of the law...

Tale of Benjamin Bunny (The) by Beatrix Potter. (Kindle edition 2005)
These classic tales have been loved by generations of children. These new, simplified adaptations include Beatrix Potter's original artwork and shortened stories appropriate for children of toddler age to those just learning to read on their own. These handsome, affordable editions are the perfect introduction to some of the greatest tales in children's literature.

Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (The) by Beatrix Potter. (Kindle edition 2005)
The six Flopsy Bunnies have a narrow escape from Mr. McGregor's garden.

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Bugs Bunny - Plush Looney Tunes
16" High Excluding the Ears. High Quality, soft plush. Poseable Legs, can stand alone

Bunny Benny Running Train
Our soft cotton/polyester velour bunny train includes bunny and removable carrot. Wheels turn and bunny and carrot are removeable. Ages 6 months and up. Made in China under the close supervision of Haba of Germany.

Gloves - Plush Animal Puppet (Set of 4) - Classrooms
Set will enhance oral language while storytelling in classrooms, libraries or homes.
4-piece set includes a brown rabbit, black bear, skunk, and monkey

Killer Bunnies Violet Booster
Killer Bunnies are back again and sporting new Specialty Bunnies, which make taking double turns a snap! The Violet Booster Deck adds another 55 cards to your existing set, plus a Clear twenty-sided die. New cards include: Insight to give players a chance to view the top 5 small Carrot Cards, Bunnies In Black to prevent your bunnies from the Beyea Aliens, Low Jack Kojak to annoy opponents...now there are 20 to collect!

Knuffle Bunny 12 1/4" Plush Character by Mo Willems
Caldecott Honor Award Winning Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems, has embroidered eyes, a velvet nose, and luxurious soft velour, bean-filled body with ears lined with shiny velvet and a chenille tail.

Puppet - Plush Bunny Hand Puppet - Classrooms
Perfect for storytime in classrooms, libraries or homes! Encourage children's imagination and speech development with this adorable soft bunny puppet.

Rabbit Family - Calico Critters Hopscotch
Meet the Hopscotch Rabbit Family. They enjoy a very active lifestyle. Mother Heidi is a gym teacher at the Cloverleaf Corners high school and Father Harlin is a sports reporter for the local paper. Brother Skip and Sister Belle play high school soccer and love to pursue outdoor hobbies such as hiking in the winter. Calico Critters each measure approximately 2" tall.

Slippers - Toy Vault Rabbit with Big Pty Teeth
Killer rabbits for your feet, People love fuzzy bunny slippers but how does the rabbit feel about it? Now you can terrorize small pets and dust bunnies around the house with this high-quality, cuddly, fluffy footwear. Watch the killer rabbit's sharp-toothed mouth bounce up and down as you walk, these slippers are suitable for a wide range of foot sizes but they best fit men's sizes 8-12. Why not slip into a pair of your own?

Snuggle Pod Hunny Bunny By Manhattan Toy
The newest addition to Manhattan Toy's Snuggle Pod collection, 'Hunny Bunny' features an adorable plush baby doll tucked into a pink bunny pod. The perfect size for little hands, this little baby is sure to become a treasured friend! Measures 12" high. For ages 6 months and over.

Stripes - The Long Earred Bunny
This long floppy eared bunny is colorful and cuddly. The 13" tall bunny has knotted eyes & nose that a add classic touche.

White Rabbit - Lil'Kinz Mini Plush Stuffed Animal White Rabbit
Webkinz Lil' Kinz Rabbit. New with unactivated tag, makes a great gift. Keep them learning all year round with fun, education online games on safe kid monitered website. They learn to "support" their pet(s) by earning money to buy food, clothes, rooms, furniture & more. Adopt more pets to earn more cash & prizes, they can share a house & "play" together!

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Alice in Wonderland [TV 1985]
Sometimes she's too big. Or much too small. Sometimes things are backwards. And there's always too much pepper in the soup! Nothing is quite right since Alice chased a very unusual White Rabbit and stumbled into an adventure that grows curiouser and curiouser.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail starring Danny Kaye and Paul Frees. (Original release 1971 - DVD release 2005)
Peter Cottontail wants to be the chief Easter bunny and everyone in april valley agrees except for evil irontail. Peter must deliver more eggs than his archrival to earn the top spot and save easter for children everywhere.

Hopla: Let's Go! (DVD release 2008)
Meet Hopla, the cuddly little rabbit who has charmed children all around the world! Especially designed to meet the needs of young children, this new children's series is educational and fun for kids! Recommended for ages 1-4

Tales of Beatrix Potter (The) (with Dancers of The Royal Ballet) with dancers of the Royal Ballet. (Original release 1971 - DVD release 2004)
Customer: Tales of Beatrix Potter with Dancers of the Royal Ballet (1971) is pure fun and innocence portrayed through top flight ballet dancing. Don't miss this production if you're a fan of ballet, Beatrix, and barnyard animals.

Velveteen Rabbit (The) (2009 DVD release)
One of the most beloved family tales of all time comes to life. It's the story of a young boy named Toby who is sent by his busy father to spend the holiday season in the home of his stern grandmother. Toby's world instantly changes when he discovers the house's 'magic attic' where three forgotten toys - including a special stuffed rabbit - unlock a world of imagination that will change all their lives forever

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JEWELRY and GIFTS relating to RABBITS & BUNNIES - All ages

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Bracelets - Happy Easter Stretch Charm Bracelets!
Our Holiday bracelets are always a hit, and our Easter bracelet is one of the hottest sellers! Faux crystals, beads, and charms of eggs, bunnies, tulips and baskets adorn each one! We've got 6 styles! You will get a MIX of available styles.

Costume - Baby Pink Bunny
From the Noah's Ark costume collection. Infant Pink Bunny Costume for Halloween. Includes: bunny jumpsuit, hat with ears and carrot rattle. Made of chenille and flannel. Talk about cute! Comes in three baby/infant sizes.


Costume - Deluxe Easter Bunny
Comes with full over-head character mask (inside lined with latex), with posable/bendable ears, white faux fur jumpsuit with attached tail, zipper in back, matching white faux fur mitts and shoe covers. Also includes a separate colorful vest (ties around neck & in back) and a matching oversized bowtie on an elastic band. Please note that the shape of the eyes may vary slightly.

Earrings - 14k Yellow CZ Green Enamel Children's Rabbit Earrings
In 14k Yellow Gold - 5/16 th Inch Long - Screw-Back - FREE gift-ready jewelry box.

Gift Basket - Easter Extravaganza
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Easter Extravaganza gift basket carries more than your loving Easter greetings! Inside this pastel colored Easter basket, you'll find an amazing assortment of chocolates and candies to tempt the most discriminating Easter connoisseur. Treat your friends and loved ones to the Easter Extravaganza gift basket!

Hat - White Rabbit Adult Classic - Alice in Wonderland
Classic Large velvet top hat with oversized faux fur ears. Checkered velvet band and bow tie. Hat is approximately 13" x 13" x 12". Fully cotton lined.

Headband - Easter Bunny Ears!
Our Plush Bunny Ear Headbands are great for Easter Basket, Party Favors, Costumes and more! Fits Kids and Adults! Fun All Year Round! Fun colors of light pink, purple, hot pink and blue. You will get a MIX of available styles.

Pendant - 14k Choice of White or Yellow Gold Black Diamond Rabbit Bale (1 cttw)
A black diamond represents timeless elegance and sophistication. This dainty solitaire pendant showcases a single round black diamond (1 ct), held in a four-prong basket setting of gleaming 14 karat gold. The pendant is fitted with a classic split bale and suspended from a delicate 16-inch rope chain. Choose between lustrous polished white or yellow gold.

Ring - Sterling Silver Child Size Rabbit Headw/ Aqua Green & Pink Enamel Design, 3/8" wide
This Child Size Adjustable Ring is crafted from Solid Sterling Silver and designed with Colored Enamel to highlight the details. It will definitely make a cool gift for kids on any occasion. This Ring is Adjustable, and will fit sizes 2 to 3. Matching earrings and pendant are available.

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Ableegumooch, the Lazy Rabbit - Native American

Brer Rabbit Meets a Tar Baby from American Folklore, retold by S.E. Schlosser

Cunnie Rabbit, Mr. Spider and the Other Beef from Google Books

How Rabbit Brought Fire to the People - Native American

How Rabbit Fooled Alligator - Native American (Creek)

How Rabbit Fooled Wolf - Native American

How the Rabbit Lost His Tail - Native American

Rabbit & the Coyote and Rabbit Throws Out His Sandal - Mayan Folktales from FolkArt.com

Rabbit and Fox - Native American

Rabbit (The) and the Moon: a short and hauntingly beautiful story of the Bushmen people.

Rabbit Cartoon Stock pictures from American Folktales

Rabbit the Hunter - Native American tale retold by Sanjit

Rabbit Who Saw the World (The) from 4to40.com, plus many more folktales involving rabbits

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Advice, Discussion and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians

(excerpts from Storytell posts plus original research)

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Posts are included below as they are received by Story Lovers World.

1) Now that you've started me off, I can't HELP thinking of rabbit stories:
Three Little Rabbits and the Big Bad Wolf
Sleeping Bunny
Goldilocks and the Three BIG Rabbits

2) Ooh, you just reminded me of our rendition of The Three Bunny Rabbits Bluff. We did it as a puppet play. The biggest bunny rabbit is . . . The Easter Bunny! And he carried an Easter Egg. The troll was pleased - a big bunny and an egg. As he came to get the egg, the egg opened up and swallowed the troll - like a Muppet does. The kids loved it.

Response: The answer to my prayers. I couldn't stop twiddling with the idea of Bunny Rabbits Gruff, but I just couldn't make it work. Bunny goats gruff, billy bunnies huff....Bluff! Of course! What else!

Response back:
Oh, my. Late night goofs are so wonderful. Of course we did The Three Bunny Rabbits Gruff. Can't wait to see what the Bluff is like!

3) Once I was hired to tell stories to second graders. This was my first "gig" through the a particular Performing Arts Council for Children, so a representative of that organization was there to observe. I understood I was to tell for 45-60 minutes; however, when I was introduced, the teacher told her students that because Easter was coming up, I would be telling them rabbit stories.

There are many stories that could contain rabbits. Stories with mice as main characters became rabbit stories. Stories with animals in them included many more rabbits than before and the rabbits played very important roles. The tale of how rabbit got a short tale (the one where rabbit meets alligator) was a story I had read versions of, but never told before. It not only got told that day, but rabbit even made up a song right on the spot to get the attention of the alligator (I still needed to fill more time). I know I was amazed at the quantity of rabbit stories I could produce under stress. The teacher was very pleased. So was the arts council representative -- who was even more pleased and very impressed when she told me, "I didn't know you were planning to tell rabbit stories," and I replied, "Neither did I until I heard that introduction." So, my suggestion is that in addition to looking for rabbit stories, you may also want to look at your current repertoire to see what could be a rabbit story or a chick story or could happen in spring. Many stories truly are quite adaptable in that way.

4) There's a story about Rabbit losing his tail. And the same Bruchac book (Joseph Bruchac's Iroquois Stories: Heroes and Heroines Monsters and Magic, Crossing Press, 1995) does have Rabbit in The Willow Tree where rabbit loses his tail, has his front legs shortened, and get his split lip all at once - it's not on the ice, but on his fall from the Willow Tree.

5) Rabbits Revered Around the World
Many Asian and Eurasian cultures revere the rabbit (or hare) as a sacred messenger of the Divine; to the Chinese, he is a creature in the moon, pounding rice (the staff of life) in a mortar.

To the followers of Buddhism the rabbit was placed in the moon as a result of his self-sacrifice in offering himself as food. In a second version, the rabbit cooks himself in Indra’s fire since he had no food to offer her and the deity placed him in the moon as a reward. To the Egyptians, the hare (as opposed to the rabbit) was known as un, which meant “to open,” or “the opener.” This was because the hare, unlike his cotton-tailed cousin, is born with his eyes open. “Un” also meant “period” as it was a symbol for both lunar and human cycles.

These traditions undoubtedly spread to the indigenous tribes of Western Europe much as the Indo- European language base developed through encounters between these two groups. This also blended well with Celtic tradition, which viewed the hare as a symbol of fertility and new life, and the Germanic tradition that the hare brought new life each spring.

Even in North America, the Rabbit/Hare is revered. To the Native American peoples, he was the Trickster/ Transformer who either plays the Fool or, in other instances, has brought about a benefit for humankind (i.e., the legend of Rabbit bringing fire to the people). The ancient Mayan culture gives Rabbit credit for inventing Mayan writing.

Just as the ancient sacred places and names were blended into the holiday celebration we know as Easter, so too was the Rabbit/Hare molded from an ancient bringer of new life and renewal to the Easter Bunny, a symbol of a holiday celebrating a resurrection. In truth, the Rabbit stays the same: a messenger of a season when all things are possible and all things can again be new.

6) The Rabbit's Story
A one-act play
Scene: It's a beautiful day in the forest; and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, typing away on his laptop. Along comes a fox, out for a walk.
Fox: What are you working on?
Rabbit: My dissertation to graduate from University.
Fox: Hmmm, what is it about?
Rabbit: Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat foxes.
There is an incredulous pause.
Fox: Don't be ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat foxes!
Rabbit: Oh, yeah? Come with me and I'll show you.
They both disappear in Rabbit's burrow. After a few minutes, rabbit emerges alone, gnawing on a fox bone. He resumes typing. After a while, along comes a wolf.
Wolf: What are you working on?
Rabbit: My dissertation to graduate from University.
Wolf: Hmmm, what is it about?
Rabbit: Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat wolves.
There is another incredulous pause.
Wolf: Don't be ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat wolves!
Rabbit: Oh, yeah? Come with me and I'll show you.
They both disappear in Rabbit's burrow. After a few minutes, rabbit emerges alone, gnawing on a wolf bone. He resumes typing. After a while, along comes a bear.
Bear: What are you working on?
Rabbit: My dissertation to graduate from University.
Bear: Hmmm, what is it about?
Rabbit: Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat bears.
There is an incredulous pause.
Bear: Don't be ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat bears!
Rabbit: Oh, yeah? Come with me and I'll show you.
Scene: Inside the rabbit's burrow. In one corner, there is a pile of fox bones. In another corner is a pile of wolf bones. In the third corner crouches a huge lion, belching and picking his teeth.
The Morals of the Story:
1. It doesn't matter what topic you choose for a dissertation
2. It doesn't matter what you use for your data
3. It doesn't even matter if your topic makes sense
4. All that really matters is WHO you have for a dissertation supervisor.

7) Rabbit story -- Taking a short walk today, I saw two boys chasing a baby bunny, which kept going under a car. As they were hitting around under the car, one boy using his cap, I said, "Don't hurt it" and they explained that they were chasing the cat that was trying to get the bunny. The poor baby would get scared of us and run under the car into the clutches of Smokey, a rather fierce, if small, female. Finally the bunny came into the grass, I bent over it with my arms around it protectively. One boy put it in his cap, and they went on in search of the nest. I told them they were heroes and that if they couldn't find it's home, there is a formula of milk, syrup, and 7-up I believe. They haven't come back for help, so I'm going to assume they got everything under control. It warms my heart to see tenderness and concern, even if it is "just a bunny."

8) One story that I love to tell is a Brer Rabbit story, adapted by Ed Stivender. It is called Hunny Bunny and you can find it in Ready-To-Tell Tales (American Storytelling) by Holt and Mooney.

10) I tell stories based on Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams. If you haven't read this yet I strongly recommend you do. What I do is to tell the baseline of the Saga and then go to one or two stories of El Ahreira. stories the Rabbits tell to each other . I find Prince Bow carrots to be a very good stories to kids and adults. Rabbits are good for the soul. Another good sugestion for young - very young kids would be why Rabbits move their noses. So the lion will think they have the flu and won't be able to ask them about his breath smell. When he asked Bear and he told him the truth he ate Bear because he was insulting. When he asked Monkey and he lied, he ate him for lying, so Rabbit / Hare says he can't smell.... Ethiopia I think.

Response: There are many versions of the breath-test story, but this one is known from Burma. Maung Htin Aung's Rabbit Has A Cold from Burmese folk-tales. I find that very young kids do NOT get the punchline, it's too indirect. But from about 8 yrs up, it is appreciated.

9) My favorite on the above list is from Joseph Bruchac's
Iroquois Stories: Heroes and Heroines Monsters and Magic. It's Rabbit in The Willow Tree where rabbit loses his tail, has his front legs shortened, and get his split lip all at once - it's not on the ice, but on his fall from the Willow Tree. Also in that book is another one I've started telling, Rabbit and Fox. Rabbit outwits Fox twice by running, hiding, and disgusing himself as old woman and medicine man with two feathers (ears) from the head. The last time rabbit actually hides behind a log with two real sticks jutting out. Fox "knows" that this must really be rabbit, and he eats the log thinking that maybe rabbits aren't very good tasting. Bruchac has wonderful tape with both of these and many others too.

10) My favorite rabbit tails...er tales are:
Zoma, the Rabbit (African collected and rewritten by Gerald McDermott)
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit stories - The Tar Baby Sandy and the Toad Frawgs
Grandfather Christmas
Waiting-for-spring stories by Bethany Roberts: The Wishing Star
Yoo-hoo, Spring!
I have also told The Gunniwolf using a rabbit puppet instead of a little girl.

11) My favorite two favorites are:
B'Whale and B'Elephant, found in More Ready-To-Tell Tales from Around the World by Holt and Mooney. It is a Bahamian folktale adapted by Derek Burrows.
Also, Hunny Bunny, a Brer Rabbit tale adapted by Ed Stivender, found in Ready-To-Tell Tales (American Storytelling) by Holt and Mooney.

12) Brer Rabbit's Christmas (Traditional American Tale) Diane Goode's American Christmas (Picture Puffins);
One winter morning, when he knew Brer Rabbit wasn't home, Brer Fox stole into Brer Rabbit's garden. He helped himself to every last one of Brer Rabbit's carrots and left with his bag so full it was bursting at the seams. When Brer Rabbit got home and saw his garden with nothing much left to admire, he was mighty angry. He sped off directly to Brer Fox's house. The door was bolted and the shutters were closed tight. Brer Rabbit couldn't hear anything except the sound of his own stomach grumbling. But all around was the sweet smell of soup cooking. Brer Rabbit knocked on the door. Bam Bam Bam. No answer. "I know you're there, Brer Fox," called Brer Rabbit. "Now you open this door." No answer. He knocked harder. Bam Bamity Bam. "I know those are my carrots in your soup," said Brer Rabbit, "and I want them back. Now open this door!" Finally there was an answer from inside. "Too bad," said Brer Fox. "I ain't opening this door. I'm making enough soup in here to keep me till spring comes." Brer Rabbit tried knocking the door in. He kicked at it and hammered on it, but that door didn't budge. Finally he gave up. He was hoppin mad. Now you know that Brer Rabbit was the best at trickety tricking, and when he was mad, watch out. But he could never stay mad long. And the next thing you know Brer Rabbit was chuckling. It hadn't taken him long to think of a plan to get his carrots back and make Brer Fox mad too. On Christmas Eve, Brer Rabbit heaved a sackful of stones on his shoulder and climbed up on Brer Fox's roof. He clattered around making plenty of noise. "Who's that up there?" called Brer Fox. "It's Santa Claus," said Brer Rabbit in a gruff voice he hoped sounded like Santa Claus. "And I got a sackful of presents for you." "Oh, you got presents for me?" said Brer Fox. "Well, you're most welcome here, Santa Claus. But ain't you supposed to come down the chimney?" "Sure am," said Brer Rabbit in his Santa Claus voice. "But I can't. I'm stuck in the chimney. You want to see?" Brer Fox unbolted the door and peered outside. "Well, don't come down then," he hollered up at the roof. "Just drop the presents down the chimney and I'll catch them." "Can't," answered Brer Rabbit. "The sack is stuck too. But if you do what I say, I'd be mighty grateful. Climb up into the chimney. Then catch hold of this piece of string and pull the sack down yourself." Brer Fox was only too happy to help. "That's easy," he said. "Here I come up the chimney." He started clawing his way up. Like lightning, Brer Rabbit leaped off that roof and into the doorway. There were his carrots in a pile, and on the stove was a big old pot of soup, all fragrant and bubbling, and on the table were some biscuits and mince pie, and there in the middle was the biggest, fattest Christmas pudding he'd ever seen. Brer Rabbit's mouth began to water at the sight of all that food. But he didn't waste much time. He grabbed as much as he could, stuffed it into his sack and took off running. Meantime, Brer Fox was struggling to get up the chimney. He couldn't see any string, but he felt it hanging down. So he gave a pull. The sack opened and out tumbled all the stones right on Brer Fox's head. My goodness, he went down that chimney fast. That rascally Brer Rabbit laughed at how he'd taken care of Brer Fox. But he kept out of Brer Fox's way all that Christmas day and for some time afterward.

13) My most favorite come from Julius Lester's Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales: Hold'im Down, Brer Fox where Brer Rabbit has Brer Fox tied to the tail of a horse. I love reading this one (can't do it without the book) out loud and I get such a laugh at the pace, language and action in it........this is my story that I tell myself (others if they want to hear it too but family sometimes too busy doing other things.)

The Noise in the Woods where a loud noise scares Brer Rabbit (Mr. Man has chopped down a tree) and he runs and a chain of fright develops among the other animals as each in turn runs from somthing they didn't hear! In the end they are all together and realize that they have been running from something that no one heard and some believe didn't happen. When they confront Brer Rabbit they ask him what kind of noise that is was and he chuckles and says, "You ought to ask me that first, Brer Coon. Wasn't nothing but Mr. Man cutting down a tree. If you'd asked me, I would've told you. Sho' would have."

I also love the Rabbit, Whale and Elephant story on Mike's CD. I played this to my students this summer in a storytelling class and they loved it too. It really sums up the Rabbit, trickster character.

14) I think Bre'r Rabbit and the Tar Baby
is my favorite -- that tricky guy can get out of any fix; I hope I can too. Here is a cute bit from Kidwarmers -- Niko, 8, who lives in Chicago, comes to spend every summer with his Aunt Renee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When Renee asked Niko if he was happy to be back in Cedar Rapids for the summer, he said, very seriously, "Aunt Renee, how come every time I come here, I never see any rabbits?" "Why would you expect to see rabbits here?" Renee asked. Niko replied, "Isn't this town called See-The-Rabbits (Cedar Rapids)?"

15) Just got back from the Library arranging for a Tellabration. While waiting for the Adult Program Coordinator I perused the storytelling shelf and found and old book Rabbit Tales: The Magic and Mischief, Legend and Lore of Those Fleet-Footed, Randy, Rouguish, Hare-Brained, Four-Footed Beasts, stories collected by Barbara Purchase. It seems to be a fun collection of folk lore on the rabbit theme.

Here is a quote from Edward Lear:
There was an Old Person whose habits
Induced him to feed upon rabbits;
Whe he'd eaten eighteen
He turned perfectly green
Upon which he relinquished those habits.

16) In my research I came across an interesting brer rabbit and da tar baby variant:Wakaima and the Clay Man. Wakaima (rabbit) and his pal Wanjovu (elephant) Elephant got tired of the lazy rabbit and said let each of us have his own farm. We will share what we grow. Instead of rabbit planting he ate wild fruit and slept under the trees. One night elephant brought in corn and potatoes and shared with rabbit. the next night rabbit picked corn and potatoes from eleph's farm. eleph looked at them very carefully, they looked like his. so he made a clay man with arms outstretched and set it up between. rabbit hit it and got stuck. eleph finds him. and pulls him off the clay man . at first eleph said that he was going to eat rabbit (but I guess he remembered he was a vegetarian) then turned to rabbit and said Well, what do you want me to do. Throw me high up in the branches of those trees. He landed lightly and ran into the jungle. Rabbit and eleph have not spoken to one another, since. In the author's notes these stories are Baganda folklore. East Africa. Have any of you ever run into Wakaima? I really think this may be the origin of brer rabbit and the tar baby.

17) Many of you may already be familiar with this tale but I discovered it this weekend and told it for the first time today. It is called, The Theft of Honey. You can find it in Cajun Folktales (American Storytelling), a collection by the beloved J.J. Reneaux. I learned it specifically for our third graders who take French and were learning about the Mardi Gras this week. The story is a fun trickster tale with a subtle message about greed and sharing with your friends. It was very well received by the students and the French teacher and I played off of each other effortless, without any prior knowledge on her part of what story I would share. She is the kind of teacher who should be cloned and placed in every school in America; kind, respectful, thoughtful, gentle, caring and fun. The children obviously adore her and with good reason. So if you are in the mood or have the need for a fun trickster tale, spend some time with Lapin (rabbit) and his friend the fox.

18) Festivals Family And Food. I found an old Easter Hare story in this 1982 book, and rewrote it to start with the goddess Eostre (instead of the Christ Child): the Christ Child has no need of the stag, hawk, salmon, raven and hare!!! This is a very ancient story which uses these traditional animals of power and wisdom (totem animals of Europe, at least). I have been telling it for years, and this Easter finally self-published it as a simple 20-page booklet (A5): "The Easter Hare" rewritten by Josie Felce, cover illustrations by Angela Spencer.
The Goddess Eostre calls the animals to take her springtime message round the world. The stag, hawk, salmon and hare race each other, but only the hare completes the journey around the world. The goddess gives the hare an egg laid by a raven, as a way of taking the message around the world. This story is about renewal of love and resurrection of life through ancient Celtic eyes, which I have used with multifaith children with good response, as it does not force the Christian association onto the natural feelings we have at springtime.
I hope to have this up and out on my website soon: http://www.storymagic.co.uk
Josie F. 5/3/09

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