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The Runaway Bunny
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A little bunny keeps runningaway from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.



Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has never been out of print. Generations of sleepy children and grateful parents have loved the classics of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, including Goodnight Moon. The Runaway Bunny begins with a young bunny who decides to run away: "'If you run away,' said his mother, 'I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.'" And so begins a delightful, imaginary game of chase. No matter how many forms the little bunny takes--a fish in a stream, a crocus in a hidden garden, a rock on a mountain--his steadfast, adoring, protective mother finds a way of retrieving him. The soothing rhythm of the bunny banter--along with the surreal, dream-like pictures--never fail to infuse young readers with a complete sense of security and peace. For any small child who has toyed with the idea of running away or testing the strength of Mom's love, this old favorite will comfort and reassure. (Baby to preschool)

Customer Reviews:

  • Nothing more than a classic transformation story
    This is a type of story that has been told almost as long as there have been storytellers, except that this story is (uniquely?) suitable for preschoolers and babies.

    The little bunny declares he'll run away for no other reason than because he can say such a thing. At that age, children say all sorts of silly things, but they really still want their parents to run after them and hug them - which is what the mama bunny here does....more info
  • As sweet as it gets...
    While the book's language might be a bit dated in a couple places, the images are divine. I think I could read our babe this story every night for the next 10 years and not tire of it!...more info
  • So dear-a true classic!
    Beautifully written showing a mother's love to a very young child. Lap boards are perfect for the very young. A must for a newborn! Dixie Johnson...more info
  • Makes a great baby gift
    A classic book. Right size to slip into a baby gift basket. Sturdy enough to stand up to years of baby abuse....more info
  • Margaret Wise Brown' s second masterpiece
    I just noticed another review (one of the few on the lone star end) describing this book as "creepy." There is something haunting about it for sure, but I always felt as we read it to our children there was something immense about it too. It's extremely compact and the images have tremendously simple focus and power. I think part of Margaret Wise Brown's genius (a good bio of her is Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon) was her willingness to honestly take on something as awesome as a mother's ultimate bond to her child. It's like The Giving Tree in which the parent doesn't lie down and make herself into a chopping block. The story might start out seeming whimsical and light, but in the end it comes down to bonds of steel. I was never sure how our son and daughter reacted to it. I think the chemistry is bound to hinge on timing and on things about the particular child and parent. Powerful medicine. Handle with care. But surely great poetry and literature for the young. Nutty to Meet You! Dr. Peanut Book #1...more info
  • Am I the only one who finds the message of this book troubling?
    I've never quite understood the appeal of this book. I received it for my baby shower along with some other board book classics and had never read it before. I immediately returned it. All I could think was -- wow, this bunny really hates his mother. Maybe if the mother would give him a little space he wouldn't put so much of his energy and imagination into how to get away from her! Especially the part about if he were a sailboat who she'd turn into the wind to blow him where SHE wanted him to go (not to be the wind in his sails). And he only even wants to stay with her in the end because clearly trying to have any independence is a lost cause. It's not like it occurs to him how much she presumably loves him. Ugh. If you are looking for a lovely children's book about unlimited love, consider PK Hallinan's "How Do I Love You" or Susan Roth's "My Love for You." ...more info
  • For Overprotective Moms
    Review by Sherry North, Author, Because You Are My Baby

    This imaginative book reassures children that Mom will always love them and be there for them, even if they are angry or feel like running away. Yet, I find it unsettling how the mother bunny is so determined to undermine her child's sense of independence. One line is particularly disturbing: the little bunny says he will become a sailboat and sail away, and the mother answers, "I will become the wind and blow you where I want you to go." I'm not a psychologist or anything, but this line seems so controlling - not a message I want to give my child.
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  • Book's Good, but the CD Rocks!!!
    All the children to whom I have given this book enjoy it very much. However, I also always give the book along with the CD. With Brook Shields narrating, and wonderful music, the CD makes the book "read along" in a way that every child seems to really enjoy. I highly recommend the music/narrated version as well. Together, they are a great gift. I reall like the Brooke SHields/Glen Roven version.

    The Runaway Bunny/Paddington Bear's First Concert/Tubby the Tuba...more info
  • It's so scary...
    I think this book is awful. My little sister received it from a relative, and actually had nightmares about it. It's not a good thing to stalk your kids, seriously. Let them have a bit of autonomy and some room to grow and develop in their own ways. Heck, even if they run away, it's probably okay. I know that I would "run away" all the time as a kid, but I always came back, and I always learned something from the attempt. Don't smother your kids quite so much, and maybe we'll have more innovative, responsible adults in the future....more info
  • forever love
    This book is a classic, and really expresses the mother bunny's love; she will go anywhere to express her love to the little bunny. (appropriate to be read to preschoolers or kindergarteners)...more info
  • Sweet
    I do not yet have any kids of my own, but I was touched by the sweet message of maternal love in this book. The illustrations are gorgeous. ...more info
  • Classic, but there's one better
    I bought this for my son after receiving Goodnight Moon, which is written by same author. Both are classics and the colored pages are more engaging to my 18 month old than the black & white pages. A similar story line as Runaway Bunny but with a more colorful, easy-flowing story is I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt. My son just won't put it down and wants it read to him over and over again....more info
  • Abusive relationship
    This has to be the creepiest book for young children I have ever read. It is a perfect allegory for an abusive relationship. The mother bunny is an abusive husband and the baby bunny is an abused wife. The "mother" stalks the "baby" and convinces him that there is no way to escape even in fantasy. In the end the "baby", like many victims of domestic abuse, gives up hope and decides that if he pleases his abuser his life will be better. ...more info
  • As sweet as it gets...
    While the book's language might be a bit dated in a couple places, the images are divine. I think I could read our babe this story every night for the next 10 years and not tire of it!...more info
  • Nice, sweet, fun book
    Nice little book for a quick read to our daughter before bed. I like the pictures which incorporate the vivid imigination of the baby and mommy rabbits....more info
  • This is a beautiful, positive, book to share with a child
    I love this book, and my kids love this book. It is about a bunny who wants to run away, but wherever he says he will go, the mother bunny says she will follow and take care of him. To me, this story is very loving and special, and the pictures are beautiful, you can tell someone put a lot of thought and love into the illustrations, they really are works of art and fun to look at.

    That is how I feel about my kids, and I want them to know that. When my older daughter said she was going to run away, I told she could not because it was against the rules. (I read that idea somewhere.) I know some people would tell their kid, "I'll help you pack!" But my daughter tends to be shy and sensitive, and I would never say that to her!
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  • Abusive relationship
    This has to be the creepiest book for young children I have ever read. It is a perfect allegory for an abusive relationship. The mother bunny is an abusive husband and the baby bunny is an abused wife. The "mother" stalks the "baby" and convinces him that there is no way to escape even in fantasy. In the end the "baby", like many victims of domestic abuse, gives up hope and decides that if he pleases his abuser his life will be better. ...more info