Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Too Many Carrots

Rabbit can’t resist a good carrot, and he likes to collect them--all the time! Soon his house is full and there’s no room for him anymore. His good friend Tortoise offers to share some space in his own shell, but soon there are so many carrots inside that neither of them can fit! (This is a rather humorous illustration, with both of them, and the carrots, squeezed into the shell.)

Bird, Squirrel, and Beaver offer their homes to Rabbit, an offer he gladly accepts, but eventually things fall apart because of Rabbit’s obsession, and no one has a place to live any more. No one, that is, except Rabbit. Fortunately for everyone, he finally realizes that the best way to keep his friends and enjoy his carrots is to share them with those who have been so helpful.

Sharing can be a very difficult concept for young children to grasp. It is perfectly appropriate developmentally for them to be self-centered, and want things only for themselves. But eventually we all hope to encourage generous behavior, and this book will gently steer children in that direction. Katy Hudson’s drawings will endear Rabbit and his friends to your young readers, and the satisfying end to the story will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy!

Guest post by Bridget W. 

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