Module 2: Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present
Zolotow, C. (1977). Mr. Rabbit and the lovely present. New York: HarperCollins.
Mr. Rabbit helps a little girl find a birthday present for her mother. In the process of thinking of a gift, they discuss many colors and identify things the mother might like in those colors. In the end, the girl is able to find a very colorful and delicious gift for her mother.
What Did I Think?
This simple book is a good read for younger children. It is a little predictable but the colors and questions make it interesting for younger children. I also enjoyed the way the girl wanted to find a suitable gift for her mother. She was very interested in making sure that her mother would like the gift. The illustrations and dialogue make the book an easy and entertaining read.
Any collaborative effort by the esteemed Charlotte Zolotow and the illustrious Maurice Sendak is bound to be a success. These beloved creators of countless children’s favorites outdo themselves with this 1963 Caldecott Honor-winning classic about a little girl in need of assistance. Finding a birthday present for her mother is no easy task for our heroine. Luckily, she happens upon the avuncular Mr. Rabbit, whose heart is in the right place, even if he doesn’t always have the best ideas. Ultimately, his suggestions do come in handy, and between the two of them they determine the ideal birthday tribute: the gift of color. Children will join the protagonists in contemplating how to make the abstract tangible, and all readers will be delighted to see yellow translate to bananas, as green is given in pears, and blue takes the shape of grapes.The soft, muted colors of Sendak’s illustrations are reminiscent of a Monet landscape–utterly appealing and dreamy. And the reflective, sing-song dialogue between Mr. Rabbit and the girl is as deliciously lulling as a shady swing in a hammock. This quiet, peaceful book is a treasure for any shelf. (Ages 4 to 8) –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book would be an excellent addition to a lesson on colors with young children. Students could create a chart for each color of items that match, sort items into colored groupings, or make a picture to describe what items are their favorite color(s). As the book is read, the students could guess on what the girl might choose that is the color mentioned, then the page could be turned to see of a prediction was correct.