The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened

Book - 2018
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"When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Dial Books for Young Readers,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735229358
Branch Call Number: E DOE
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm

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If you choose only one book from this list, make it this one. The main character's interactions with different animals show some of the ways very young children can react/respond in a hard moment.


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JCLHeatherM Feb 04, 2021

Taylor's friends all want to help when his tower is knocked down, but only rabbit is willing to sit with Taylor and listen. The underestimated power of listening is front and center in Doerrfeld's sweet story about friendship and being there for one another.

ArapahoeElizabethP Feb 02, 2021

Taylor is building with blocks when all of a sudden, a bunch of crows come and knock them down. I think a lot of us can relate to how Taylor feels when the blocks are knocked down. Some animals come along and suggest how Taylor should respond. Does Taylor want to talk about it? Shout about it? Hide and pretend that it never happened? However, none of these ideas seem to help Taylor, until the rabbit comes along. I especially love the page where the rabbit sits down next to Taylor. This is an excellent book to talk about different emotions someone might feel in a bad situation. With a soft and gentle tone, it is reassuring and ultimately hopeful. This book would pair well with talking about the 5 stages of grief. I recommend this book for ages 4 to 6.

jcljessicaj Nov 09, 2019

This is the sweetest book. A child is upset and has many visitors who try to help, but all they really need is someone to listen. I love how there are lots of ways shown to help someone through a difficult situation because there is no one size fits all solution. The text of the story isn't wordy but is just right to convey the message.

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cindybullard2
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.

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mswrite
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.

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ssundlie
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_JessicaS 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.

ArapahoeMary Aug 20, 2018

This story respects the child and their feelings. What do you do when your block tower is knocked over and you feel sad and mad? Lots of animals have suggestions, but the rabbit – the rabbit just listens.

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MissEvie
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.

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