Rabbit Hill (Puffin Modern Classics)

Rabbit Hill (Puffin Modern Classics)

by Robert Lawson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142407967
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Series: Puffin Modern Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,172,766
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1.New Folks Coming11
2.Mother Worries27
3.Little Georgie Sings a Song35
4.Uncle Analdas51
5.Porkey Sits Tight61
6.Moving Vans69
7.Reading Rots the Mind75
8.Willie's Bad Night87
9.Dividing Night95
10.Clouds Over the Hill103
11.Strain and Strife111
12.There Is Enough for All119

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Rabbit Hill 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother bought this book for my son and he loves it! He takes it with him to school and reads it on the bus. actually, he takes it everywhere he goes! I read a chapter to him every night, along with our cat, who sits beside me and listens...I'm not kidding! I couldn't wait to see what happens at the end, so I read the whole book when we got it...my son doesn't know this...shhh! Rabbit Hill is a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book that I enjoyed very much.Iwould recommend this book for all ages.It deserved it's Newberry Award.
homeschoolmama2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story about inter-relationships of Rabbit Hill animals.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here is a short tale of animal paradise - people who appreciate all the small animals and are willing to share. There's not much of a plot - Little Georgie is hit by a car and nursed back to health by the Big Folks. Meanwhile the animals don't know what to think - is he being tortured or cared for? The animal characters are more human-like than animal-like, but it is a fun imagining of life as a small creature.
melopher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rabbit Hill is a short, sweet story of a community of small animals hoping for better times. The really enjoyable aspects of this short novel were, for me, the fabulous drawings and the quality anthropomorphism.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿New Folks coming¿new Folks coming into the Big House!¿ That¿s the cry of every Animal on Rabbit Hill. The Animals are filled with excitement¿and fear. Will the new people bring a new prosperity to the house and the hill? Or will they bring danger?Not to give away too much, but the charm of the story is the way the new Folks are everything the Animals could hope for and more, beautiful role models of love.
bettyjo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
New people move to Rabbit Hill and the neighborhood is very curious.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book when I was a kid! I can still quote passages from memory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming book with a good message. Story of kindness told with cute touches of humor. Enjoyed as much as Lawson other classic, Ben and Me
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
A timeless piece of woodland animal fiction. One of the cutest stories I've read in a long time. Combine heartfelt emotions with humorous antics and little furry creatures... and then you'll have "Rabbit Hill".
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
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.
bencostello More than 1 year ago
Rabbit hill is a book that is funny and scary. It is one of those books that will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. In this book there is humor and anger. There are also a variety of characters and animals. Some animals are clever, some are funny, and some are mean. In this book the animals are very curious on how the new neighbors that just moved in. The animals are very curious and afraid because the previous people who lived in the house where bad they brought traps and poisons. If you like fables with many animals this is a good book for you. It is because it is filled with humor and a crazy journey to get some food. In the book you find out what kind of people the new neighbors they really are. In this book the leaders of the animals are the rabbits that are very clever and devise a plan to get food. I think it was an interesting book because the animals fight back to make sure they are safe from all of the new things they have to adjust to. Rabbit Hill is one of those books that you do not really hear about. It may be recommended or a friend might tell you about and if you do hear about it I would suggest reading it. Just by reading rabbit hill I can predict that other books written by Robert Lawson would be very interesting and funny books. Also as you get farther into the book you meet new characters that add more to the book in a good way. Finally I would say that Rabbit Hill would be a good book to read if you like funny animal books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rabbit Hill is a 128pg book with 12 chapters by Robert Lawson. The mine characters are Little Georgie, Mother, Father, and the New Folks. Little Georgie is a Little bunny. Mother is Little Georgie's mom. Father is Little Georgie's dad. The New Folks are a family of humans. All the animals are worried that the New Folks have cats, dogs, traps, guns to go hunting with, and most of all children. Little Georgie is so excited that the New Folks are coming that he starts to sing a song he made up. It went like this: 'New Folks coming oh my New Folks coming oh my New Folks coming oh my oh my oh my.' The main idea of Rabbit Hill is the New Folks coming,and how all the animals are worried that they have pets, hunting tools and most of all children. The storys' setting is in a meddow. I absolutely loved this story becuase it was a fast and easy read for a sixth grader. I personaly can connect to Rabbit Hill by being worried that the new neighbors would be weird or unfriendly. Everyone should read Rabbit Hill!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! I write about rabbits and wildlife and this story is great. I actually have a very old copy dated 1944 and I envy Robert Lawson's writing as well as his illustrations. He certainly deserved what he won for this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was a good one. Rabbit Hill is for kids of all ages! If you like fictional and animal books, then you should read this! Well, what are you waiting for?! Go and get the book while you can! Remember, it is a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Rabbit Hill¿ by Robert Lawson was published in 1944, and it won the Newbery Medal award in 1945. Lawson was born on October 4, 1892 in New York City and passed away on May 27, 1957 in Westport, Connecticut. Not only was Lawson an author, but he was also an illustrator and commercial artist. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and although he had no ambition to write or draw when he was younger, he entered New York School of Fine and Applied Art after he graduated from high school and studied illustration for three years. ¿Rabbit Hill¿ is about a family of rabbits and other small animals that live on a hill where the big house stands. For many years, a family of good folks lived in this big house and they respected the small animals. The good folks shared their hill with the animals, and they were planting folks, which served as a food source for the animals. The children of the family often played tag with the animals in the evenings, and the family dog even saved and raised a lost fox cub. The small animals had it made, but it came to an end when the good folks moved away. Hard times feel upon the hill and ¿sumac, bayberry, and poison ivy had taken over the fields, the lawns had gone crab grass and weeds, and there was no garden.¿ The house was left abandoned for years and the small animals were forced to get their food from the ¿Fat-Man-at-the-Crossroads garden. This was a dangerous task because the animals had to deal with the man, his dogs, and they had to cross the black road twice a day to get there. The small animals had wondered for quite some time if they would ever get such good folks again, for their food was scarce and they were hungry. At last, there is good news for the small animals, ¿new Folks are coming.¿ Every animal is wondering what kind of new folks are going to be living in the big house. What kind of folks will they be? Planter, mean, nice, who knows! You will have to read to find out. This books genre is Fantasy Fiction. This is a wonderful book, and it was definitely a page-turner due to all the excitement within the book. Although some words are quite challenging for the recommended age range, it is still a delightful and recommendable book, especially for animal lovers. The style of writing is significant, and the plot is, overall, outstanding. This book, without a doubt, deserved its Newbery Medal award. The age range for this book is 5 to 9, reading level six. Lawson, Robert. Rabbit Hill. New York: The Viking Press, 1944.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Lawson¿s book, Rabbit Hill is full of excitement and energy it is a delightful and charming story. It captured the meaning of family. I would definitely recommend this story. It is suitable for children of all ages. The Hill is full of excitement, there are new folks moving in. The animals are hoping that the new folks will grow a garden, so they can provide food for their families. The house has been empty for a long time and life has been difficult on the hill. Food is scarce and the animals worry that they will not survive another season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the words were very difficult for a child at 8 yeard old this was the touhest time explaining the every other word to heard this was very frustrating but if not forthat it was a very good book it had alot of excitement in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What has happened in our society to NOT want to challenge a child while reading this book or any book aloud?? Doesn't anyone want to challenge their children anymore?? This book is absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!! It's perfectly ok to stop every once in awhile to explain,and discuss vocabulary. That's how kids learn. We need to quit trying to make everything sooo easy for kids,and teach our children that if you don't know a word , look it up,and discuss it. People tell me they are amazed by my own children's use of vocabulary. Could it be because I've challenged them from day one??? It's good for children to be challenged , parents!!! This is a delightful story that can be enjoyed by all ages,and it's worth it to read aloud,and to do the explaining!!! Let's put this book back on the shelf in our libraries,and let's challenge our children!!! I remember having this book read aloud to me in 5th grade,and the teacher did ask us questions. I also remember my own parents challenging me with challenging reading. Parents you are responsible for your children's education too. Get used to it , folks! Stop passing the buck to schools,and read to your kids ,and challenge them. Nobody ever said life was suppose to always be 'easy'. We must do a better job preparing our children for life, folks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rabbit Hill is a pleasant story about the animals' points of view when new people move into the neighborhood. The disappointment comes from needing a dictionary often. In regards to age level, vocabulary should match the story and illustrations. Words like impertinent, adjacent, and prodigious are very nice words, but is a young child going to be impressed. Maybe disappointed, I was. By the time a child is able to understand those nice words, he or she will be too old for the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried to read it to my 6y son and 8y daughter, it was very cute and the illustrations were were wonderful, but it used too many 'big words' that my kids had a hard time understanding. I kept stopping every couple of paragraphs to explain to them what was going on. So, we stopped reading it, I'm sure we will try again in a year or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adorable! Sweet! Great for animal lovers, especially my friend, who loved The Tale of Desperaux!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so sweet. I can't describle it. My favourite part was when the animals are shown the statue of St. Francis. Read this! PS.My pet bunny is named Georgie; named for the main character.