A universal, deeply moving exploration of grief and empathy
With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, The Rabbit Listened is a tender meditation on loss.
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. --from the publisher
40 pages 978-0735229358 Ages 4-7
Sometimes things go wrong. When that happens you can feel a whole lot of feelings.
In this story a young child happily builds a beautiful wall of blocks only to have a flock of blackbirds fly into it and knock it all down. Sadness arrives.
One by one animal friends come to help. They try all their best ideas to comfort this young one but they just don't seem to have what he needs. Then, the rabbit comes quietly, hops up and snuggles in and then the rabbit just listens. Suddenly, everything is better.
Balm for the worst of moments. A tender story about the power of listening to someone else and caring.
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com