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Tom Rabbit
Waddell, Martin.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
After spending an enjoyable day on the farm, Sammy and his toy rabbit become separated but happily find each other at bedtime.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 49866.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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This charming new story by the creators of the classic Little Bear books takes a tender, humorous look at being lost . . . and then found. Late one afternoon, Sammy takes his toy rabbit, Tom, out to the back field on the farm to see the real, wild rabbits. Tom Rabbit is happy with Sammy. But then Sammy goes into the house for supper, leaving Tom all alone. When the moon rises and the wild rabbits come, what will they think of a little toy rabbit like Tom? And most important of all, will Sammy come back to bring Tom home? Martin Waddell's gentle but powerful text and Barbara Firth's expressive illustrations portray the feelings that emerge when one is lost, but then reassuringly found.

Author Notes

Martin Waddell was born April 10, 1941, in Belfast, Ireland. He always wanted to be a professional soccer player. After having played for junior teams in Ireland, he left school at fifteen and held a variety of jobs, including working at a publishing company and as a night switchboard operator for a taxi company.

Waddell is now one of the most prolific and successful contemporary children's writers, with more than one hundred books to his credit, some of them under his pseudonym Catherine Sefton.

He won the 1986 Other Award, for his book Starry Night, which was also a runner up for The Guardian Children¿s Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Young Observer Teenage Fiction Prize. He has twice won the Smarties Book Prize, for Farmer Duck and Can't You Sleep Little Bear? He also won the 1989 Kurt Mascher Award for The Park In The Dark, the 1990 Bets Book For Babies for Rosie¿s Babies and has been shortlisted for the 1992 Smarties Book Prize for Along The Lonely Road.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-4. Set on an idyllic English farm, this winsome picture book features a little boy and his beloved stuffed animal, Tom Rabbit. The story, told from Tom's point of view, begins as they go out to sit on the stone wall to watch for real rabbits. When Sammy climbs down to help with the cows, Tom Rabbit waits patiently for his return. The sun sets, the moon rises, and the rabbits approach him, to our timid hero's discomfort. Tom Rabbit is sure he has been forgotten, but Sammy arrives to retrieve him, and all is well. The soft hues and rounded lines of the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations give the pages a friendly look, even in the evening scenes when Tom Rabbit becomes a bit fearful. Young listeners and their parents will find this a beguiling little adventure, written with simplicity, brevity, and a fine-tuned sensitivity to the emotional lives of small children. --Carolyn PhelanRBB

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Sammy, a young boy, carries Tom Rabbit, his stuffed bunny, to the farm fields at twilight to watch the real rabbits. They sit together on a stone wall, and then Sammy leaves to help take the cows to the barn. When Mom calls him in for supper, the toy is temporarily forgotten. While waiting for his owner, Tom Rabbit sees many new sights: the sun sets; the moon rises; and a wild rabbit comes to investigate, quivering its nose at the stuffed animal. Then the light in the boy's bedroom window goes out, and Tom Rabbit worries, "Sammy's gone to bed without me-I'm all alone now." Just then, the child returns and he and Tom Rabbit go inside and snuggle into bed for the night. The story is told in simple, effective language. Firth's pen-and-watercolor illustrations aptly convey Tom Rabbit's concern at being left alone and his happiness when he is retrieved. This gentle tale will provide sweet dreams at bedtime.-Kathy M. Newby, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Russiaville, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.