Recommended Reading: Fiction

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Watership Down

by Richard Adams

Watership Down is one of those wonderful works that appeals to readers both youngand old. Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace. Their travels into unfamiliar yards, farms, and fields makes for an imaginative, captivating journey.

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Tales From Watership Down

by Richard Adams

This latest work follows the aftermath of the original’s climactic ending and includes the rabbits’ retelling of various myths, plus some new twists and developments. This is a captivating introduction to Adams’s warren for first-time visitors, and those who loved the original Watership Down won’t be disappointed.

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Hershey: A Tale of a Curious House Rabbit

by G.G. Hall

Based on the life of a real pet rabbit, Hershey begins his tale as he arrives at his new home, newly adopted from a shelter. He soon meets the other pet rabbits as well as some other unusual and interesting creatures, and quickly learns how to secretly explore the large house that he lives in. Eventually, he and his new faithful accomplice, Pepper the rabbit, manage to knock down a Christmas tree, spill syrup all over the pantry and invade a closet full of their owners’ shoes, mistakenly overturning a container of baby powder. Their human owners don’t suspect a thing – or do they?

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Fifteen Rabbits

by Felix Salten

Sometimes it seems like one of two things happens with authors: either they are popular in their lifetimes and then forgotten or they are starving artists during their lifetimes and discovered later. Salten falls into the former category. Hardly anyone today even knows that the Disney movie “Bambi” was loosely based on the much more mature and sophisticated novel “Bambi: A Life in the Woods” by Salten. Later, in 1929, he published “Fifteen Rabbits.” The author clearly spent a lot of time informally studying rabbits before writing the novel. While the characters are anthropomorphized some, Salten captures a lot of truths about rabbits as well. One of the best things about Salten’s work is simply that it was written in the era of literature rather than just books, when writing was an art form rather than merely a means to an end. Today writing is rarely beautiful; words are just a tool for conveying the plotline. Salten’s artfulness, however, does not come at the expense of the plot. Indeed, the novel is a page-turner. It is really too bad “Fifteen Rabbits” is largely forgotten today, even among rabbit lovers.

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The Warren

by Fred L. Tate

Welcome to The Warren, where you’ll meet Bumper, Roi, Anastasia, Gracie, and a few other rabbits as well. Each rabbit has a story to tell. Bumper loves his owner, the pretty woman with the long hair who calls him Little Bunny One. But when tragedy strikes and Bumper’s lovely owner dies of cancer, he has to go live with a new owner, and he’s scared. All rabbits are afraid of new things. He soon learns to love his new owner, but tragedy strikes again when his rear teeth start to hurt him and he has to go to the veterinarian. Going to the veterinarian means more new things that scare Bumper. But God means all things for our good, and he has something wonderful planned for Bumper.

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Children’s Books

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The Forgotten Rabbit

by Nancy Furstinger

With its compelling color illustrations and evocative descriptions, The Forgotten Rabbit tells the tale of Bella the rabbit as she makes a giant leap from neglected Easter bunny to cherished animal companion.

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Marshmallow

by Clare Turlay Newberry

In the story of how a baby rabbit and apartment cat come to be close friends, the artwork is as engaging – and as beautifully executed – as the text. A Caldecott Honor Book.

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Hannah’s House Rabbit

by Loren Spiotta-DiMare

This book tells the story of how Hannah learns about the joy that a rabbit can bring into her life. A pet rabbit can be a rascal but also a love sponge. Delightful illustrations are part of this charming book.

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Bunny’s Busy Day

by Marilyn Mansdorf

This one of a kind documentary of a wild cottontail rabbit followed from babyhood to great grandfather contains amazing photographs of Busy Bunny playing in the author’s backyard garden. The story and photographs follow in detail the life and playtime of a very wild cottontail.

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The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale

by Jan Brett

When Nicki drops one of his new white mittens in the snow, he doesn’t even notice it’s missing. One by one, the woodland animals discover the mitten and crawl inside, each one larger than the last: a mole, a rabbit, even a big, brown bear! Beautifully illustrated by Jan Brett. Read Beth Woolbright’s review from the House Rabbit Journal is also available online.

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Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

by Beatrix Potter

This volume brings all of Beatrix Potter’s 23 Peter Rabbit Tales together in one book. Arranged in the order in which they were first published, the stories are complete and unabridged with the original color illustrations by Potter.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

by Margery Williams and William Nicholson

A stuffed toy rabbit comes to life in Margery Williams’s timeless tale of the transformative power of love. This sentimental classic–perfect for any child who’s ever thought that maybe, just maybe, his or her toys have feelings–has been charming children since its first publication in 1922.

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Bunnicula

by Deborah and James Howe and Alan Daniel

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . .

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Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

by Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

Through his retelling of Joel Chandler Harris’s tales, Lester has made this unique collection of African-American folktales accessible to today’s listeners. Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and a host of critters come to life under Lester’s auspices.

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Rabbit Hill

by Robert Lawson

A favorite of many HRS volunteers! New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.

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The Runaway Bunny

by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

Children listen to the comforting story of a mother’s steadfast love for her baby bunny in the classic story, “The Runaway Bunny.”

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Jackrabbit

by Jonathan London, Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator), T. Gates (Editor)

When a baby jackrabbit’s home is destroyed by developers, she is cared for by a human family until she is big enough to live on her own in the wild.

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The Whispering Rabbit

by Margaret Wise Brown

A very sweet, charmlingly illustrated, children’s book.

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Guess How Much I Love You

by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

An all-time classic children’s book. This one features a mama hare who works hard to tell her baby how much she loves him.

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Buns Travels Across America

by Cottonpaw

The title page lists the author as the rabbit Cottonpaw and the photographer is David Love. Cottonpaw (Buns for short) lives in Texas, but gets to travel all over the U.S. He is photographed in NYC, Boston, at Niagara Falls, in Washington D.C., St. Louis, San Francisco, Hollywood, at the Grand Canyon, the summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado and more. None of the pictures–with the exception of the one portraying Cottonpaw right next to an alligator in a Louisiana bayou–looks Photoshopped or doctored in any way. It really seems Cottonpaw’s humans actually took him to all those places.

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The Rabbits’ Wedding

by Garth Williams

Garth Williams is best known for having illustrated the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. While the rabbit characters are somewhat anthropomorphized, this is still a beautiful book about a bonded pair of rabbits. (They are portrayed as being wild rabbits and yet one of them is black while the other is white.) This book was widely banned in the U.S. when it was first published in 1958, because segregationists felt it promoted interracial marriage. Read the New York Times article about the controversy here

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While We Were Out

by Ho Baek Lee

This book is an imagining of what the Lee family’s pet rabbit does all day while the humans are out. Inspired their actual pet rabbit named Palpary.

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A Bunny for All Seasons

by Janet Schulman and Meilo So

Beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Meilo So, this book tells the story of a year in the life of a wild rabbit. It is partly educational in that everything the rabbit does is realistic. Little to no anthropomphizing here. Our heroine lives near and regularly avails herself of someone’s garden, so a gardener will either get a good laugh out of this book or break out in hives.

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Little Cottontail

by Carl Memling and Lilian Obligado

The story of a baby being taught by his mom all the rabbity things he needs to know. Fairly realistic and somewhat educational.

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Rabbits and Raindrops

by Jim Arnosky

A wild rabbit and her litter on a fine spring day (until it begins to rain). This is mostly a picture book with minimal text. Really nice watercolor paintings illustrate the story.

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Home for a Bunny

by Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams

Generations of children have followed this furry, lovable bunny on his journey to find a home. A family favorite since 1956, Margaret Wise Brown’s simple yet playful tale is beautifully complemented by Garth Williams’s exquisite artwork.

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Bunny’s Noisy Book

by Margaret Wise Brown and Lisa McCue

Bunny’s Noisy Book is the story of a wild baby rabbit leaving the nest and exploring his environment for the first time.

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My Dear Noel: The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter

by Jane Johnson

This book relates the true story of how the Peter Rabbit books came to be. It introduces us to Beatrix Potter and the real Peter rabbit who inspired her children’s books.

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Just Like Me

by Miriam Schlein and Marilyn Janovitz

This is the whimsical, sweet story of a baby cottontail and his mom.

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Little Bunny Biddle Bunny 

by David Kirk

Beautifully and whimsically illstrated by the author. Similar to the above book, it is a fairly realistic representation of a day in the life of a baby wild rabbit with minimal anthropomorphizing.

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Eat Your Lettuce (The Bunnyrific Adventures of Juni the Wonderbunny)

by Dr. Jan Smith

Eat Your Lettuce is the delightful first volume in the new children’s book series, The Bunnyrific Adventures of Juni the Wonderbunny. Written in charming rhymes, this story will bring smiles to the faces of its readers, and
to those to whom the book is read!

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Bun on the Run (The Bunnyrific Adventures of Juni the Wonderbunny

by Dr. Jan Smith

Bun on the Run is the very funny second volume in the new children’s book series, The Bunnyrific Adventures of Juni the Wonderbunny. Juniper Smith (affectionately nicknamed, “Juni”) is a two-year-old house rabbit
with a very playful personality. Readers will learn about the unique, quirky and surprising behaviors of rabbits, as Juni proceeds on her hilarious, daily routine of eating, running, hopping, exploring, resting, twirling and
exercising!

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