Rabbit Hill

Rabbit Hill

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Winner of the Newbery Medal It has been a while since Folks lived in the Big House, and an even longer time has passed since there has been a garden at the House. All the animals of the Hill are very excited about the new Folks moving in, and they wonder how things are going to change. It's only a matter of time before the animals of the Hill find out just who is moving in, and they may be a little bit surprised when they do.

"Robert Lawson has created. . . a whole, fresh, lively, amusing world." --The New York Times

"A skillful blending of humor and whimsy, Robert Lawson has given a distinct personality to each animal, not only by his equisitely fine drawings but by word pictures as well." --Library Journal
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 10.41mm | 113g
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 014031010X
  • 9780140310108
  • 120,919

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About Robert Lawson

Robert Lawson (1892-1957) received his art training at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. His favorite medium, pen and ink, is used expressively and with detail in his black and white illustrations in The Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf). In addition to illustrating many children's books, including Mr. Popper's Penguins, Robert Lawson also wrote and illustrated a number of his own books for children. In 1940, he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his picture book illustrations in They Were Strong and Good and in 1944, he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his middle grade novel Rabbit Hill.
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Rating details

6,215 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 33% (2,035)
4 28% (1,754)
3 27% (1,677)
2 8% (525)
1 4% (224)

Our customer reviews

A lot of animals live on Rabbit Hill in rural Connecticut outside of Danbury. They include Father and Mother Rabbit, their son little Georgie, Porkey the Woodchuck, the Gray Fox, the Gray Squirrel, Willie Fieldmouse, Mole, Phewie the Skunk, the Red Buck, and many others. Over three years ago, good Folks lived in the house, the lawns were thick, the fields were covered with clover, and the gardens were full of vegetables. Then evil days fell on the Hill when the good Folks moved away and their successors were mean, shiftless, and inconsiderate. Last autumn, even they left, and the house had stood empty since then. However, now little Georgie comes running with some good news. "New Folks Coming!" He even makes up a song about it to sing while going up Danbury way to fetch Uncle Analdas. But will the New Folks be planting people who will provide a good garden that will bring better times to the Hill, or will they have guns and traps and poisons with vicious dogs and nasty cats? And when little Georgie gets hit on the Black Road by a car, what will the New Folks do? This delightful story for younger readers won the Newbery Medal in 1945. Uncle Analdas uses some "countrified" euphemisms such as "tarnation," "gumdinged," and especially "dingblasted." Also there are a few occurrences of pipe smoking and one reference to elderflower wine. I can understand how some modern kids whose highest notion of "good reading" is junk like Harry Potter or A Series of Unfortunate Events would find Rabbit Hill "boring." However, for those who like to savor truly fine children's literature with charming characterizations and lovely illustrations, it is a heart-warming and beautiful tale that deserved the Newbery Award. Of course, that was back in the days before the leftists took over the American Library Association. One person noted that the book, apparently based upon the actual hill on which author Robert Lawson lived, is "a powerful reminder that we are stewards of God's creation," and another pointed out the clear message about being kind to our fellow creatures.show more
by Wayne S. Walker
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