I first discovered “The Runaway Bunny” through a fellow homeschool mom’s blog post about how they used the book in their homeschool “lessons.”
Since we are committed to raising book-lovers (click here and here for related articles), and I am always on the lookout for quality children’s books to add to our library, I was pleased to find a copy of “The Runaway Bunny” at Booksale.
The first time I read it to my preschooler, he asked me to read it again – thrice! I guess the message of the book really had an impact on him – it did on me!
The author, Margaret Wise Brown, has hundreds of books and stories to her name, but “The Runaway Bunny” and “Goodnight Moon” are the most well-known, and have earned places in many a “must-read for children” book list.
If you get to read the book, you’ll know why. The story focuses on a little bunny who threatens to run away from home by saying he’ll become so-and-so and go away (for example: “I’ll become a fish and swim away”). His mother always responds by telling him how she’ll get him back (“..then I will become a fisherman and get you back.”) Every time the little bunny imagines that he is something different, his mother tells him how she’ll always get him back and be there for him at all times.
Needless to say, my son really seemed to relish the message of the story – that Mama would search for him no matter what, and that she would always accept him and love him no matter what.