Title of Book: The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings
Time length to read: 3-4 min
Age recommend: 4 and up
Author: Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Illustrated by: Jacqueline Rogers
Published by: Penguin group (reprinted in 1988)
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Have you ever had that time in your life where you wish you were someone else, or had certain things other people had? Well, little rabbit feels exactly the same way in this book. The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings, by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, is about a rabbit who is not happy with the way he is. He is constantly comparing himself to others, wishing he had “the squirrel’s bushy tail” or the “rubber feets of the ducks.” He then learns of a wishing pond, and he goes there to make a wish that will change him. While at the wishing pond he sees a red bird. He then wishes to have red wings just like the bird. Before he knows it, he grows a pair of red wings. So excited with the new addition of his wings, he goes to show his mother. However, when he shows up at home, his mother looks at him and doesn’t know who he is. When she turns him away, the little rabbit tries to go to other friends’ homes, only to get turned away for not being recognized as well. The little rabbit is sad because of this; even when he goes to try and fly, he finds himself falling all the time. The wings were not what he expected. So he goes back to the wishing pond and tries to wish them off. With luck, his wish came true. He then returns home where he is welcomed by his mother. She recognizes little rabbit, and from that day forward he was happy just being little rabbit.
This book is such a great lesson learner, and not just for children, but for adults as well. It comes with the theme “be careful what you wish for” and how important it is to be yourself and love yourself for who you are. Laura Carby at Goodreads.com says “This is a story that I read to my students about not wishing to change ourselves. Sometimes you don’t realize how lucky you are until something or someone is gone. This book teaches that no matter what you might not like about yourself, sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” The illustrations, done by Jacqueline Rogers, are colorful and warm, bringing emotion and character of little rabbit to life. This was another book I read as a child, and I always rememered the great message “to be yourself.” So if you are looking for a great story with a great message, I’d recommend this one. It’s a great read!
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