RABBIT ISLAND by Jorg Steiner


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Another grim view of modern times like the same pair's The Bear Who Wanted to Be a Bear (1976), this features two inmates of a sterile ""factory"" while small rabbits are brought in to be fed and fattened and large ones are taken away to be slaughtered. A big gray rabbit who has been there for some time and forgotten all about sunshine, clover, and such believes that the big ones are taken from the factory to a ""much better place""; and when he escapes with a little brown rabbit who has just arrived, he is so frightened and inept out in nature that Little Brown has to take him back to the factory. The last page shows Little Brown alone outdoors, exchanging curious stares with a hedgehog. Again, Miller's chilling pictures undoubtedly achieve the effect they aim for, but this has less story and an even more import-laden tone than The Bear. . . .

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1978
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich