The Rabbit Listened

1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Bks. Apr. 2018. $15.75. ISBN 9781501990854. digital download.
PreS-K—Taylor is excited about building something. But when that something falls apart, Taylor is devastated. Enter the well-meaning animals, each eager to share an opinion on how to fix the situation. However, Taylor doesn't want to talk about it or shout about it or remember how it used to be. Taylor doesn't want to laugh about it or hide and pretend it didn't happen or throw it away or even knock down someone else's something. Only Rabbit, with a quiet presence, is able to reach Taylor. "Through it all, the Rabbit never left." Only then could Taylor feel empowered to work through feelings and rebuild. Doerrfeld has written a gem of a story that will resonate with even the youngest of children who struggle with frustration. By respecting the child, Doerrfeld has provided space for problem-solving, and Rabbit paves the way for Taylor's journey to be valued. The use of nongender-specific characters increases the tale's relatability. Lori Gardner's vocal talent in bringing the animals to life lends a sense of realism that is appealing and endearing.
VERDICT In its simplicity, this story is powerful and transforming. By affirming everyone's experience as they try to become thoughtfully independent, this book deserves space on the library shelf.

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