The Runaway Bunny

The Runaway Bunny


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Celebrating 75 years, The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, beloved children’s book author of Goodnight Moon.

“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”

A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060775827
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 62,526
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include My World; Christmas in the Barn; The Dead Bird; North, South, East, West; and Good Day, Good Night.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) se graduó de Yale University. Estudió pintura en París en los años 1930 con Fernand Léger, entre otros. Allí fue donde desarrolló su estilo característico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien también creó muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los niños.

Date of Birth:

May 23, 1910

Date of Death:

November 13, 1952

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Place of Death:

Nice, France


B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education

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The Runaway Bunny 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom read this to me when I was a child and now that I am 7 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, it takes on a whole new meaning. This book is wonderful and I think it defines what being a good mother is. I would highly recommend it to any mother with children of all ages.
xuesheng on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another enjoyable children's book. My kids are a little too old for it now, and I wish we had had it when they were younger. I think it would have been an oft requested read.The story is about a little bunny who wants to run away, but his mom tells him, "If you run away, I will run after you. For you are my little bunny." So, the little bunny decides that if his mom is running after him, he will change either into a fish or a rock or crocus, among other things. Mom reassures him that if he does, she will become a fisherman, a mountain climber or a gardener and will find her little bunny. In the end, the little bunny decides that since his mom will find him anyway, it is best to stay home and be her little bunny.
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
1001 children's books.very cute. the mummy a much newer book has a very similar story
hokonow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This beautiful story of Brown's explores the relationship between a mother bunny and her little boy bunny. The little bunny wants to run away, and when he tells his mother that he wants to run away, she tells him that no matter where he goes, she will follow him. At the end of the story, the little bunny decides to stay at home with this mother. Not only does this story show the love that parents have for their children, but it shows children that no matter what, there will always be someone there who loves them.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If my kid ever runs away this much, I'm going to be doing a bit of self critiquing to figure out what the hell I'm doing wrong.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
( Easy picture book, board book)In a sweet tale that encompasses the broad spectrum of loyalty and steadfastness of a mother's love for her child, our little runaway bunny discovers just how far his mom will go to be at one with him. Upon discovering there is no desired escape from his mother's sweet and faithful embrace, he decides there is no other place he'd rather be anyway. Margaret Wise Brown is again able to look into a child's heart and see their need for secure pillars of love with her adventurous descriptions of bunny's plans to runaway and how his mom will still be there for him no matter what.
Calamia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Runaway Bunny is a sweet book for a child and their parent. The young bunny wants to run away but the mother tells him what she will do to stay close to him always. The little bunny decides the best place for him is home with his mother.
MelanieRoss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a little bunny who wanted to runaway from home. When he told his mother that he wanted to, she said that she would run after him. The story continues with the little bunny saying different things that he would do if his mother were to run after him. However, his mother responds to him by having a good idea of how to catch him if he tried to runaway. Eventually, the little bunny says that he might as well just stay at home and be her little bunny.I would read this book to children in kindergarten or first grade. I thought this was a very cute story because it teaches children the love that their mothers have for them and also that their mothers always seem to have their best interest in mind. Another thing I liked about this book was that after each scenario, it showed a colorful picture of what that scenario would look like.
bspentecost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The bunny in this book wants to run away. His mother tells him that she will be there no matter where he goes or what he becomes. He sees that his mother is never going to give up on him so he decides to just be content with being her bunny. This is a very sweet story and I would do this for a read aloud in my class. I would only do it for kindergarten and 1st grade. Sine the story is about a bunny I think it would be a good idea to do it around Easter.
yarb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Argh. Something a little creepy in mother bunny's inexorable pursuit of her offspring. If you love something, let it go! Cute but limited once you get beyond that. Good for kids who are feeling insecure, I suppose. Extra half star for the amusing ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid. When I read this book to my kids, they got bored and so did I. The little bunny tells his mother he wants to escape for no reason at all. The mother says she will change into whatever she needs to change into in order to keep stalking him. That's it. There's nothing more to it. . . . Yawn.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I can't believe I haven't written about sooner.  I started reading this book to my son early in his first year.  He is well into his fifth year and I still read it to him, when I can find it.  It's that finding it thing that might explain the delay in the review.  This is one of those books that he likes to read himself.  At night.  When he is supposed to be sleeping.  I found it under his bed tonight when I was chasing the cat out of his room. I think it is best to have a healthy sense of humor when reading Runaway Bunny; otherwise, it might seem a bit strange or creepy.  The premise is that the young rabbit has decided that he wants to run away from home, so he decides to turn into another creature or object, like a crocus, to hide or run away.  His mother then says she will turn into another creature or object, like a gardener, to find him.  After of few of these proposed transitions, the young rabbit decides to stay home.  And his mother gives him a carrot.  Early on, my son laughed at the exaggeration of the story.  That, as I've said, is the best way to enjoy the book. Clarence Hurd's illustrations also help set the stage for levity and not gravity.  They also are extreme in their exaggeration and imbibed with subtle humor.  The sailboat and cloud is particularly wonderfully silly. His illustrations are, in short, perfect.
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a timeless message of reassurance for a young child
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wordscrafter More than 1 year ago
I read this ages ago and recently gave it as a gift to a friend. Her daughter was having some anxiety issues when being dropped off to her classroom. They read this daily and it has become her favorite story. It has also reassured her that her mom will never leave her. It's a beautiful story and a must have for anyone's collection.
CDC More than 1 year ago
When I used to read Runaway Bunny to my son (now 21), I still remember the look of absolute awe in his face that a mommy could love her child with her whole heart no matter what the child did. After we would read it, he would come up with all kinds of imaginative scenarios to test it, and I would reply the same way the mother in the Runaway Bunny did -- you are my child, and I will always love you. Over the years he has had many real life opportunities to test it, and the answer has always remained the same (sometimes with difficulty during the teenage years!). I recommend this lovely story for all new moms -- and dads.
32lake More than 1 year ago
This is one my favorite children's book. I still have my son's book given to him twenty eight years ago and just recently bought a new one for a first time mother. I was amazed when I read just this year that the author did not have children which makes this story all the more special. She truly captures the essence of a mother's love.
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This is the type of book that teaches a child how very much their mother (parents) love them and to what extents they will go to protect them. More books like this are needed for children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautifully illustrated book allows any child to identify with the main character, easily making this story a keepsake and one of those 'never forget' stories. A mother's unconditional love, and a child's need for independence and safety brings this story to an outstanding level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it has really detailed pictures and color. The words are good and kind of funny.