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The Flat Rabbit


By Bárdur Oskarsson Bárdur Oskarsson

From 4 | 40 pages

When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can't be much fun to lie there: she should be moved. But how? And to where? Finally, the dog comes up with an inspired, and unique, idea and they work together through the night to make it happen. Once finished, they can't be positive, but they think they have done their best to help the flat rabbit get somewhere better than the middle of the road where they found her.

Sparely told with simple artwork, The Flat Rabbit treats the concept of death with a sense of compassion and gentle humor – and a note of practicality. In the end, the dog and the rat's caring, thoughtful approach results in an unusual yet perfect way to respect their departed friend.

Bárdur Oskarsson
"As perfectly, honestly childlike in its approach as Margaret Wise Brown and Remy Charlip's classic The Dead Bird, this title should provoke both thought and discussion."
- Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW
"It's unusually corporeal ... but it's this very tactile wrestling with death that feels so honest."
“A jumping-off point to explore death and compassion.” - 100 Scope Notes
"Run, don't walk, to get a look at [The] Flat Rabbit. Be sure to look both ways before crossing the street ... The text and the artwork, which are deadpan (pun intended) and charming, are open to many interpretations." - Hicklebee's Bookstore, San Jose, CA
"Honest, secular books for children about death are rare indeed... The Flat Rabbit has joined this short list. I'm glad I gave it another chance." - The Cath in the Hat blog
"A masterwork of minimalist storytelling... full of quiet wit and wistful wonder." - Brain Pickings
"I was touched... when shared one on one, this story will resonate with readers of all ages." - Resource Links
"A quietly profound new picture book" - New York Times
Cybils Awards, Picture Book Category, 2014
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014
A Brain Pickings Best Picture Book of 2014, 2014
A 100 Scope Notes Wildest Children's Book of 2014, 2014

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