'The Rabbits' offers a rich and immensely valuable perspective on the effect of man on his environment. Visually loaded and told with a passion for truth and understanding, it aims to promote cultural awareness and a sense of caring for the natural world.--from the publisher
48 pages 978-0734411365 Ages 10 and up
"One of the most effective allegorical picture books I have ever used with middle and high school students is The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan. In the book, the author and illustrator use the invasion of rabbits (see below) to show their impact on culture (including technology) and the environment. Tan's illustrations are appropriately dark and haunting.
(The rabbit invasion is based in historical fact. In the 1700s, rabbits were introduced to Australia and made a devastating impact on the ecology.)"---Judi Moreillon, M.L.S., Ph.D.
Uses rabbits, a species introduced to Australia, to represent an allegory of the arrival of Europeans in Australia and the widespread environmental destruction caused by man throughout the continent.--from the publisher
Editor's Note: This title is also included in LOST THING: THREE BY Shaun Tan along with The Rabbits and Red Tree.