We’ve had a very busy bunny in our yard lately. One morning this week, she had my pansies for breakfast and that evening, I spotted her out back, working hard. What on earth was she doing, digging a hole in the middle of our yard and lining it with mud and grass? I wish I’d taken a picture of her when I went out to visit her, but she quickly hopped away and only returned after I’d left.
I did get a picture of her work, which I’m now sure is a nest. I don’t know if she’s still making it ready for babies, or if she decided on a better place. But I took a peek this morning and there are no little bunnies in there. I hope she makes this the place, though. My pansies may suffer, but I’d like to see some little ones hopping about.
It’s a cozy little place and it reminded me of one of my favorite children’s books, Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams. Here’s an early post from my blog:
I think everyone knows the classic children’s book, Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, but do you know about Home for a Bunny? It is just one of Brown’s many books, but it became one of our favorites here. And the illustrations are as great as the words in this nice story about a bunny looking for a home.
But there’s more to this story than you think. Brown has a way of stating the facts plainly and although the bunny looks sweet and innocent, he knows the realities of nature when he searches for a place to live. He doesn’t belong with the birds or the frogs or the groundhog. He would fall out of a nest, he would drown in a bog, and the groundhog tells him bluntly, “No, you can’t come in my log.” He’s safe at last when he finds a place where bunnies live.
Somehow, in just a few words, Brown and Williams show how all the creatures know where they belong and they accept it. And these words are balanced nicely with illustrations that are both realistic and sweet.
Margaret Wise Brown
Margaret Wise Brown (1910 – 1942) was an American author of children’s books. She led a short, but very successful career writing over a hundred children’s books, most notably, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Brown was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended school in both Switzerland and the United States. She earned a degree in English at Hollins College, in Roanoke, Virginia and began her writing career while working at the Bank Street Experimental School in New York. Her first book, When the Wind Blew, was published in 1937.
Brown died unexpectedly, of an embolism, after surgery for appendicitis. Brown was an interesting character, who had a quirky personality and several tumultuous romantic relationships. You can learn more about these details from the following links.
Harper Collins biography
Garth Williams was a well-known American illustrator of children’s books, including Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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28 thoughts on “A backyard rabbit’s nest and Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown”
I’m a huge fan of Margaret Wise Brown, but I haven’t read this one. I also didn’t know she died so young. Thank you for the interesting post.
Thank you, Karen. Yes, I didn’t know about her life and early death either. I just love this book and Goodnight Moon. Thanks for the visit. 🙂
Aw…I always loved the Golden Books. I remember this one, Barbara. Thanks for the memories!
I know – I loved putting all the Golden Books together on a shelf! Thanks for reading, Jill 🙂
This was very interesting!
Thank you, Mama Duck!
Barbara, I do hope your bunny makes the nest a home for her babies. How wonderful it is to be able to observe nature close up. I love the story Home for a Bunny, and others of Wise Brown’s are favourites too. I didn’t know she’d had such a short life. I wonder what other treasures that embolism robbed us of.
Yes, I was also surprised to read about her early death. When I read Goodnight Moon to my kids, I always pictured an older woman as the author. Thanks for stopping by, Norah.
I think I did too.
Thank you for sharing, Barbara. I haven’t read that book, but will.
It was a Little Golden Book – I loved those! Thanks for the visit, Cynthia 🙂
That book is beautifully illustrated
I know – that’s what I think – thanks for the visit, Derrick!
I can recite Good Night Moon by heart, but you reminded me that many, many years ago when I was a child, Home for a Bunny was one of my favorites. Thanks for the memory!
It’s one of my favorites – thanks for reading, Noelle! 🙂
So fun having a bunny hop around your yard! Best wishes for your pansies! :o)
Haha – I know – I was just out there and saw some new blooms – pansies are pretty hardy, despite their name, so I’m hoping for the best! Thanks for visiting 🙂
I’ve never heard of this! Thank you. I’m going to do a bit of research. Also, I hope you get to see your little rabbit friends again soon. X
It’s such a sweet book – I always loved reading it to my kids. Looking for bunnies, but I have a feeling the mom set up shop somewhere else! Thanks for reading, Books and Bakes 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Sorry about your pansies but I hope she comes back! Baby bunnies are the cutest ❤
I know, they are so sweet. So far, no babies. I think the mom may have gone somewhere else – they often settle under our deck which seems a safer place. So maybe I’ll still see some little ones!
Children’s books like these are so beautiful, and they can teach us a lot. Lovely post.
If you do get baby bunnies, Barbara, you have to take pictures!
Hi Jennifer – I think the mom went somewhere else. My pansies have re-bloomed and the hole is empty. I keep checking though! Thanks for reading – I love this story because the simple words tell it like it is, but make the message sweet, too.
Simple words but wise as well.
A very cute book, Barbara. I don’t think I would want bunnies hopping around in my garden though. I think they are quite destructive.
They do like the flowers, but I can hardly complain because of the cute factor 😉
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