My Friend Rabbit


Written By: Eric Rohmann


Before Reading

Review and Predict

Take a moment to look at the cover and illustrations throughout the story. Ask your child questions about what they predict the story is about by asking:

What do you notice on the cover?

What do you think will happen in the story?

{Flip to a certain picture} What do you think is happening in this picture?

How do you think the rabbit and the mouse became friends?

Why do you think all of these animals are standing on top of each other in this picture?


As You Read

Using distinct voices for the different characters is a great way to keep your child engaged in the story. Choose fun voices for both the rabbit and the mouse and incorporate them into your storytelling. Also, when you come across pages with no text, let your child narrate what is happening. For example, when you get to the page where the rabbit is pushing the rhinoceros, ask your child, “What is happening in this picture? What do you think the rabbit’s idea is? Why does he need a rhinoceros?” For those with children still not fully verbal, point out what you think about those questions.

 

Monitor Comprehension

Connecting the events in the book to your child’s own experiences is a great way to make the story more relate-able and enjoyable for your child. For example, when the animal tower tumbles to the ground and the mouse saves the rabbit from the other angry animals, ask your child, “Can you think of a time when you helped a friend out of trouble or when a friend helped you out of trouble? What was the trouble? How did you or your friend help? Do you think the mouse has to help the rabbit out of trouble a lot? Why or why not?”  Again, for younger kids with fewer words, narrate these kinds of ideas as you read the story. For example, “You are such a good helper. I remember when we were at the park, and you helped your friend find the shovel she lost!”


After Reading

Make Connections

Ask these questions to assess your child’s comprehension of the story you have just read together, and for younger kids, again, answer some of these questions yourself. It’s important to model great before, during, and after reading practices so they get used to doing this as the kids grow up!

What was your favorite part of the story? Why?

What did the rabbit do to try and get plane out of the tree?

What were some of the animals that the rabbit used to get the plane?

Do you think the rabbit tries to get into trouble or it just happens?

How did the story end?

Friendship is the central theme of this story so touch on this theme by asking, “Why do you think the mouse stayed friends with the rabbit even when trouble follows the rabbit around? Do you have a friend like the rabbit? If so, why are you still friends with him/her?” For younger kids, simply make the questions a little more concrete. “Do you have friends? What are their names? Do any of your friends get in trouble at school or at the playground? Really?! What happened? Tell me about it…”


Extending the Story: Homemade Animal Puzzle

Adapted from Parent Club

Supplies: Cardboard, paint or markers, scissors, and a pencil

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With this fun activity, your child will be able to recreate this silly illustration and turn it into a fun puzzle so that s/he can build an animal tower just like the rabbit!

  1. Your child can use paint or markers to draw the different animals on top of one another on the piece of cardboard.
  2. Once the illustration is complete and dry, turn the piece of cardboard over and use a pencil to draw a puzzle grid. You can make as few or as many puzzles pieces as you’d like, and you can make curvy pieces, straight edged pieces of jigsaw-like pieces. You can even draw the grid so that each animal has its own rectangular piece so that your child can change the position that the animals are in each time the puzzle is constructed.
  3. Cut the cardboard along the drawn lines. Now your puzzle is ready and your child can begin piecing together this silly illustration!
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