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Rabbit Hill

by Robert Lawson
128 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Nienna

Enjoyable little book, especially for animal lovers.

Plot

New Folks are coming! The word spreads like wildfire through the little animals on the Hill. The past few years have been hard because the last Folks were shiftless and not planting folk. Will the New Folks bring prosperity back to the Hill? Or will they end everything with poisons and traps?

Morality

The Little Animals, particularly the rabbits, have very high standards of what is appropriate behavior and what is not. Mostly this is in agreement with our human morals, but they portray humans who fence in their garden, put up traps, and have tight garbage can lids as being mean and evil.

Spiritual Content

None.

Violence

Mention is made of rabbits having been killed before by various means. Two characters are severely injured by accidents. The animals take pleasure in hurting the various dogs who trouble them.

Drug and Alcohol Content

The Man smokes a pipe.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

One of the characters is a skunk, and several mentions are made of his ability to make things unpleasant. The skunk also eats from the garbage, which most of the other characters find repulsive.
One character uses the adjective "dingblasted."

Conclusion

A charming little story, Rabbit Hill brings the small animal world to life and almost makes one want to plant a garden just for them. The general attitude is one of sharing and looking out for one another, and the book subtly promotes reading as a worthwhile practice. The author's illustrations add to the charm of the book.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 8-10

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