Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Rabbit School

Rabbit School

Albert Sixtus
Illustrator:  Fritz Koch-Gotha 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
David R Godine, 2009   ISBN: 978-1567923834

Gretchen and Hans Bunny are off too school. Paw in paw they “skip along” and hop over the brook. The bell rings, the morning prayer is said, and then the lessons begin.

During the first hour, the teacher and his students discuss “which plants are good to eat.” As far as Hans is concerned, cabbage has the best taste of all. For the next hour, the youngsters learn about “the wicked fox” and his tricky ways. It would never do to get caught by the dangerous animal. In the third hour, the young bunnies learn how to paint Easter eggs. After all, they will never be able to be Easter Bunnies if they do not master this important skill.

In this charming picture book, a new translation of Albert Sixtus’ German text makes this delightful little tale accessible to English-speaking children. With rich full color illustrations and silhouettes on every spread, this book is sure to appeal to children who like stories about rabbits.