Written By: Jo Empson

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Consider the cover and illustrations in the book with your child before reading the story. Ask these questions to allow your child to make predictions about what you will discover in this book:

What do you see on the front cover?

What do you think this story will be about?

What do you think “Rabbityness” is?

What are some things that rabbits like to do? What do they like to eat?

{Flip to a particular page} What do you think is happening on this page?

As You Read

Get Active:

When reading about the different things that the rabbit likes to do, have fun with it and act out the different actions with the rabbit. For example, when reading “Rabbit liked twirling his whiskers”, pretend to twirl whiskers on your own face. Also, encourage your child to jump in and act out the actions as well!

Making Connections:

A great way to keep a child engaged is to make the story relate-able to your child’s own experiences. For example, when you get to the part of the story when the rabbit says he likes to paint, ask “Do you like to paint? Do your paintings look like the rabbit’s? What do you like to paint? Do you have a favorite color to paint with? What was the last thing you painted?”

Stop to Admire:

Rabbit truly inspires his friends to make the forest look beautiful. Encourage your child to stop and notice the details and color that brightens up the dull forest. And to compare the difference when Rabbit first leaves them.

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret:

Ask these questions to ensure comprehension:

What was your favorite part? Why?

What were some rabbity things that the rabbit liked to do? Un-rabbity things?

How did the rabbit make the other rabbits happy?

What do you think happened to the rabbit? What did he leave behind for the other rabbits?

The rabbit in this story brought happiness to his life and to the lives of the other rabbits by filling the woods with paint and music. Ask how your child does this in his/her own life by asking, “ What do you like to do that makes you happy? Do you like to share what makes you happy with other people? How?”

Activity: Rabbity Painting

Supplies: Paper, paint, a paintbrush, and a pen


Let your child fill the woods with color like the rabbit in this painting activity!

Take a sheet of paper and draw several plain trees with brown crayon or marker to create the dull woods. Like you did with the story, stop to make observations about how the forest appears with simply plain trees. Then, instruct your child to fill the woods with lots of color...to make them Rabbity! If you’re not afraid of a little bit more mess, we also encourage taking out musical instruments or turning on the music in your home to really spark that inner creative! Your child will love this activity because s/he can use colors with abandon, without rules (well, besides keeping it on the paper). It is all about expression and creativity so let them go a little wild!