This classic children’s story is enhanced by Mr. Santore’s exquisite illustrations. The titular stuffed toy is so lovingly and realistically rendered; you can almost see the thread count in his yarn whiskers. The Boy’s room is filled with the secret life of its toys and the careless mess of the young child who plays with them. The prose is the simple kind found in tales for young children and yet contains all the poignancy of the Rabbit’s yearning.
There is no quest here, no accidental leaving by a forgetful child or long journey to be made. The Rabbit is real and beautiful because the Boy loves him and love, ultimately, is all that matters. The message remains as timely as when the book was first written 95 years ago and this edition is an excellent homage to Mrs. Bianco’s writing.
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