The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: February 20th, 2018
Publisher: Dial Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Empathy, Friendship
When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs.
The truth is I need to hug something or somebody right now. After finishing this book, that’s all you’ll want/need to do. Lucky you if you have an animal at your sides. I have to wait until somebody comes home. They’re probably going to think something bad happened if I jump on them.
No, nothing bad happened. I simply read a very emotional picture book that made me wish to thank the people in my life for being there for me when I need them to. I don’t think I do that enough, and yet we all should stop taking our loved ones for granted.
Taylor here is having a lot of fun building buildings with his geometrical forms. He’s even proud of the final result of his hard work, but then Whoosh! Something comes unexpectedly and destroys what Taylor made.
The animals approach him and want to make it all better for him by laughing or talking or planning a revenge plan, but Taylor doesn’t want to do that. No one understands what he truly needs… no one but the rabbit… who listens.
Sometimes all you need is for someone to pay attention to what you’re saying, someone who really hears you and is able to empathize. You need to get it off your chest, and you can’t do that if the other person talks over you or advises you to simply think about something else.
Very moving, beautifully-told and softly-illustrated.
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