JACKRABBIT by Jonathan London


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 London adds to his works about wild creatures (Master Elk and the Mountain Lion and Honey Paw and Lightfoot, both 1995; Condor's Egg, 1994) with this poetically written book based, once again, on a true experience. A young female jackrabbit is orphaned when her orchard home is bulldozed. ``Jackie'' is rescued by a kindly woman who tearfully returns her to the wild when the jackrabbit is able to fend for herself. Weeks later, the woman and Jackie encounter each other one last time; after a moment of frozen indecision, Jackie bounds away after her mate. At story's end, she is ensconced in a nest with babies of her own, but sometimes dreams of her life with humans. This gratifying story allows children to empathize with both the rabbit and her benefactor; it's an exemplary treatment of the theme of care and respect for wild creatures. Tawny shades of gold and orange predominate in Ray's sun-baked illustrations; children will exclaim over the spread showing Jackie in midair ``flowing with the grasses, running with the wind, racing cloud shadows.'' Included is a photo of the jackrabbit that inspired the piece. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1996
ISBN: 0-517-59657-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Crown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1996


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