The Flat Rabbit

The Flat Rabbit

3.16 (559 ratings by Goodreads)
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When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can't be much fun to lie there; she should be moved. But how? And to where? Finally, the dog comes up with an inspired and unique idea and they work together through the night to make it happen. Once finished, they can't be positive, but they think they have done their best to help the flat rabbit get somewhere better than the middle of the road where they found her. Sparely told with simple artwork, The Flat Rabbit treats the concept of death with a sense of compassion and gentle humor -- and a note of practicality. In the end, the dog's and the rat's caring, thoughtful approach results in an unusual yet perfect way to respect their departed friend. Grade: 3
Fountas & Pinnel: N
Lexile Measure: AD 610L
Common Core State Standards:
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Product details

  • 3-5
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 231 x 234 x 15mm | 408g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1771470593
  • 9781771470599
  • 49,000

Review quote

-Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014
-A Brain Pickings Best Picture Book of 2014
-A 100 Scope Notes Wildest Children's Book of 2014 As perfectly, honestly childlike in its approach as Margaret Wise Brown and Remy Charlip's classic The Dead Bird, this title should provoke both thought and discussion.
-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review It's unusually corporeal . . . but it's this very tactile wrestling with death that feels so honest.
-- Booklist, starred review A quietly profound new picture book
-- Maria Russo, New York Times

The dog and the rat have found a good way to honor the life of a being who's now gone. They've gotten to work making something fantastic and original.

-- New York Times "A jumping-off point to explore death and compassion."
-- Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes

A masterwork of minimalist storytelling... full of quiet wit and wistful wonder.
-- Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Run, don't walk, to get a look at [The] Flat Rabbit. Be sure to look both ways before crossing the street ... The text and the artwork, which are deadpan (pun intended) and charming, are open to many interpretations.
-- Hicklebee's Bookstore, San Jose, CA A masterwork of minimalist storytelling...full of quiet wit and wistful wonder.
-- Brain Pickings
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About Bardur Oskarsson

Bardur Oskarsson is a Faroese children's writer, illustrator, and artist. He has won several literary awards and his works have been translated into Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, French, German, and English. He lives in the Faroe Islands, Denmark.
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Rating details

559 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 19% (109)
4 22% (123)
3 27% (152)
2 18% (100)
1 13% (75)
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