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 Journalshow more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 127 x 213.36 x 10.16mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 014031010X
  • 9780140310108
  • 110,754

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.show more

Review Text

Lawson is difficult to place so far as his juvenile audience is concerned. Frankly, I think he is definitely adult - even in the stories he presumably writes for juniors. This is a somewhat too whimsical story of the animals on Rabbit Hill and their excitement when they learn that "New Folks" are coming to live in the "Big House". They are thrilled when they find in use an old fashioned uncovered garbage can, no sign of traps, spring guns or other lethal weapons, and only a harmless tiger-striped gray cat as a pet. Then the climax comes when a sign goes up "Please drive carefully on account of small animals" - and a statue of St. Francis is set up to preside over a ledge where a morning banquet for the little creatures is placed. And the result? The little animals are wholly satisfied and no longer destroy what is not theirs - and even leave a flourishing garden for the new folks. ??The Lawson illustrations are sure to capture the hearts of all prospective purchasers - but as a story, it doesn't quite come off. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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5,916 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 28% (1,682)
3 27% (1,597)
2 8% (498)
1 4% (217)

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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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