Taking Care of Mama Rabbit

 
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Taking Care of Mama Rabbit
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Release Date
February 11, 2014
ISBN
0385753683
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Mama Rabbit is too sick to leave her bed. Poor Mama! When Papa Rabbit leaves home to get her some medicine, the ten little rabbit children take it upon themselves to help her feel better. One by one they bring her treats from around the house, including a steaming cup of hot chocolate, a cuddly toy, a good book, and a shiny necklace. Before long, Mama Rabbit begins to feel better even without the help of medicine. Picture-book legend Anita Lobel returns with this sweet and funny follow-up to 10 Hungry Rabbits.

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When Mama Rabbit falls ill, it's up to Papa Rabbit to go get medicine and her children to make her feel all better. Her children bring her all kinds of things. Like a cuddly toy, a juicy apple, and a shiny necklace. All of these things help cheer Mama Rabbit up which also helps make her feel better!

TAKING CARE OF MAMA RABBIT teaches children that sometimes parents get sick and they can help them get better. When I get sick, my little girl likes to help me so this was a relatable book for us. The illustrations are a little unique and different which brings something new to the table of children's books. Illness isn't anything to joke about and this book stays true to simply helping others feel better.


Final Verdict: This is a good book for all children to read because parents are invincible. We get sick too and it's okay. It's also good for children who like rabbits.
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In this follow up to Ms. Lobel's 10 HUNGRY RABBITS, Mama Rabbit becomes ill and must rest in bed while Papa Rabbit leaves to get medicine for her. Her ten little rabbits decide to take it upon themselves to do things to make her feel better. They bring her hot chocolate and cookies and put ribbons in her hair, to name a few things. By the time Papa returns with her medicine, Mama is already out of bed and feeling better because of her children's efforts.

On the one hand, this is a very sweet story that helps children feel like they can contribute to their parents' well being when the parent is ill. It gives young readers a sense of power and purpose. And for many cases of mild parental illness, that sense of helping by bringing cookies or a drink is enough to give this book a positive impact on that child.

But for young readers whose parent is facing a serious illness that will keep them bedridden for a while, this book may send the wrong message. In that case, a child may need to understand the necessity of medicine and rest, and that there isn't something the child can do that will magically change things. There are books that deal well with that topic for young readers if that is the situation.

Overall, this is a sweet story with warm, vivid illustrations that help bring the story to life--I recommend it for children who simply want to explore some things they could do to cheer up a parent with a mild illness.
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