This is the first of three titles in the My Hare Line series. Here we meet the author’s first rabbit, Bunny Rabbit, given to her by her husband. Soon, they acquired another bunny they name Jack. Jack and Bunny Rabbit live in the new handmade cage, yet never have any babies together. Months pass until it the author realizes Bunny Rabbit is a boy, not a girl. If the author wants her rabbits to have babies, she needs to get a female. Enter Flopsey, a young white rabbit with black on her nose.
Through the rest of My Hare Line we meet each new bunny as they arrive and learn about their personalities Paula Rabbit is the first born to Flopsey and . . . (not telling). Then come quadruplets Nemo, Spot, Snow Ball and Pinky. Soon a six pack arrives. Those bunnies were multiplying like rabbits. Along the way, the author gives tidbits about her daily life with the bunnies; some wonderfully hilarious, others tearfully sad.
If you have ever thought of raising a bunny as a pet, this is a good antidote book. The author opens up her life with these cute creatures, good and bad. If you are simply curious about rabbits, you will also enjoy this little book. There is a lot packed in the twenty story pages. This is not a children’s story, or any story in the traditional sense. This is a short memoir of the author and her pets, including excellent black and white photographs of the rabbits. Kids will enjoy reading about the rabbits’ lives, their quirks, personalities, and habits. Now that the bunnies have been introduced, let’s move on to book number two.
This is the story of Brownie, a wild rabbit who lived with her grandfather in a South Georgian forest. They had to evacuate their home when the trees began falling and Brownie, along with her friend Jay, moved under the holly bushes, next to a big house. The owners of the big house, Mr. and Mrs. Walden, put out seed and filled a birdbath with fresh water, which Brownie enjoyed. Jay tells Brownie that the Walden’s are their friends, but soon Brownie finds the rabbit prison in the back yard.
Throughout the story Brownie tries to understand why nice people like the Walden’s would have a prison camp in the back yard. She also wonders why the “prisoners” are never afraid of their captors. She finds a way into the cages and learns about everyone’s life, mostly from her friend Jay. This story introduces Brownie. Again, there are black and white pictures on every other page. The pictures show the real Brownie and help visualize her story for readers.
Book number two, My Hare Line Meets the Brown Rabbit, is faster pace than book one and tells a story from the new rabbit’s (Brownie), point of view. I enjoyed this story more because it is actually a story. Not is the sense of a character dealing with a conflict and changing somewhat after solving it, because there is no conflict for Brownie to deal with. Sure, she is now at a new home and she finds a prison, but Brownie is an observer, a storyteller. Even so, I think kids will enjoy meeting Brownie and Jay. They will love connecting the story with the pictures.
The story begins with human’s knocking down trees to build new things or for space to place those things. Those desires and actions are what force nature, this time Brownie and Jay, out of their homes. The foreword, written by Marjean Boyd, explains that plight in a straight forward (no pun intended) manner. The foreword is worth taking the time to read.
There is one more in the My Hare Line series. Book number three.
Book three is about friendship. Brownie has gotten lonely being an invisible rabbit. One day he sees Rascal digging a hole. Once she realizes Rascal can hear and see her, Brownie wants to strike up a friendship. Rascal is not sure that is a wise thing to do. Rascal is a tame pet rabbit and Brownie is a wild rabbit. The two do not mix.
Rascal has more than a friendship request on his mind. In his pen is an old pine tree. Bark falls from the tree into Rascal’s pen, nearly hitting him. Rascal has been digging a hole for fear that the tree will snap in a strong wind. The hole could keep him safe. In addition, he thinks he might find China (if only he knew what “China” was). Rascal tells Brownie of his fear.
The third story is finally a true children’s story. The underlying theme is friendship. The problem (conflict) is the dead pine tree. Will it snap in the wind and hurt Rascal? Will Rascal and Brownie figure out what to do and get rid of the tree before it topples over? Finally, can a pet rabbit be friends with a wild rabbit?
This is a good story for children of all ages. The author really has included something for everyone. The foreword is again worth reading and the author’s epilogue, with background information, ties the story to her pets. Finally, Rascal’s lullaby is included, both words and music. In short time your child will be singing along with Rascal. This is a smartly written story, with humor at the right moments. It is a fun, fast read at a mere eleven pages of text, with photographs to match. Rascal and Brownie’s story of friendship that crosses “normal” boundaries, is a story that needs told and heard in this multicultural world kids live in today.
“. . . friends don’t always look like you, and that does not matter. The only thing that matters is that you should be the kind of friend you would like to have.”
My Hare Line 978-1-6069-6532-0 Buy Here
My Hare Line Meets the Brown Rabbit 978-1-6079-9357-5 Buy Here
My Hare Line and the Dean Pine Tree 978-1-6166-3395-0 Buy Here
NOW AVAILABLE – BOOK FOUR