This was one of fils cadet‘s latest batch of Bookstart books. What Small Rabbit Heard by Sheryl Webster and Tim Warnes is published by Oxford University Press (2010) – we’ve had a surprising number of lovely picture books from such an academic publisher – and features, as its name suggests, a small rabbit. Big Rabbit wants to go for a walk but Small Rabbit would rather stay at home out of the wind. Being a Small Rabbit, he gets dragged along anyway but ends up having a lovely time.
Big Rabbit gets rather fretful in the manner of parents out and about with young children – “Try to keep up!”, “Stay with me please!”, “Fasten your coat!” – but her words get carried away by the wind. What Small Rabbit hears is: “Jump in the mud!”, “Roll in the leaves!” and “Ride on the goat!”. So he does. In the end, despite having to retrieve her dirty offspring from a cupboard in a nice clean house, both Small and Big Rabbit have to agree that walking in the wind is a lot of fun.
Plenty for parents and children alike to identify with here!