MOTIVATION for READING: This is one for my Year of Reading Deliberately! I have had this one my tbr far too long (but still not as long as any Neil Gaiman – shame on me). I blame Jenny for being a very enthusiastic cheerleader and the fact that it was at eye-level on the shelf when I stopped in at my town’s gently used book store.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: It’s about rabbits. Rabbits who set off on a journey and survive to make baby rabbits for a few more seasons… (Wow – that sounded a bit callous, didn’t it?) Of course, I noticed a few pages before their grand idea to run off and capture some females that “HEY- they don’t have any females!”
THINGS I LOVED: I liked the quotes before each chapter. (I just love when an author does this.) And I loved the chapter at the end from the human Lucy’s perspective and how she rescues Hazel. He gets to ride in an automobile!
FINAL THOUGHTS: No, I didn’t cry and YES, I did actually feel something for these lovable brave critters. (Except not for their relative who keeps hopping into my garden to eat my kale; not that I’d shoot it or anything.)
A lovely tale of adventure and friendship.
p. 47 With the beanflower’s boon, And the blackbird’s tune, And May, and June! – Robert Browning, De Gustibus
p. 71 The stranger’s manner told him nothing. He seemed detached, almost bored, but perfectly friendly.
p. 278 “What is is what must be.”
tharn – [oh! we have a glossary in the back!! How perfectly wonderful.] Stupefied, distraught, hypnotized by fear.
stoat – [we Americans have NEVER heard this term! at least none of the handful of people I asked…. I guy from Perth Australia knew what it meant. I couldn’t look it up on a computer because I didn’t have access to one.] Chiefly British: an ermine (like a mink, right?)
mendicant – like a beggar
mustelidae – like weasels and their ilk… stoats, ermine, rodents all of them.
staddle – a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
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