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Because of the Rabbit von Cynthia Lord
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Because of the Rabbit (2019. Auflage)

von Cynthia Lord (Autor)

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On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence; the very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being home schooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone--except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together, because of the rabbit.… (mehr)
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Titel:Because of the Rabbit
Autoren:Cynthia Lord (Autor)
Info:Scholastic Press (2019), 192 pages
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Emma has been homeschooled her whole life but is now entering public school for the first time, beginning with fifth grade at her local elementary school. When her father, the local game warden, is called out to help with a rabbit stuck in a fence the night before her first day of school, Emma takes it as a good sign that the rabbit is clearly a pet rabbit, not a wild one. Emma convinces her dad to keep the rabbit until they can find the owner ... which turns out to be a good thing since her first week of school doesn't go well and she needs the comfort of the rabbit at home. It's too difficult to negotiate the school cafeteria, it's harder to make friends then she realizes, and her first group project doesn't go as planned. Can Emma conquer public school? And can she keep the rabbit or will the former owners come to claim him?

This slim book manages to address a lot of issues well, although some do end up getting shorter shrift than others. For instance, one of Emma's new classmates is noted as having "special needs" (a term that is losing favor these days); it is pretty obvious to me as an adult reader that he is on the autism spectrum, which also checks out with the author's note about her own son being autistic. However, that is never clearly stated in the text. I'm not sure if that is truly necessary in the end, because the point of the book is about being a good friend and meeting other people where they are at. Another issue that is kind of brushed over is that Emma seems to be mourning the death of her grandparents, although that is again not clearly stated. (She laments about no longer going to visit them, but it is not super obvious that they have passed away ... although to be honest, I could be wrong in my interpretation that they are dead.)

Nevertheless, the book works well on the whole. It covers just one week of Emma's public school adventure, so it's clearly more of a "slice of life" type of story than a long-scale exploration into a character's growth and development. The morals about persistence when things are tough and friendship being important -- especially the part about *being* a good friend -- are positive but not done too heavily handed. Each new chapter begins with a little factoid about rabbits, which was a neat inclusion. Lapi the rabbit was lovable even from the page, so it's easy to see why Emma connected with him so quickly. Emma herself, especially with her first-person narration, is a relatable and charming character. The descriptions of the small Maine town evoke a picturesque locale of scenic nature (e.g., a lake, a mountain, lots of critters, etc.).

There is really not much diversity to speak of in this story. There is, of course, the one neurodiverse character mentioned above. The grandparents are/were Québécois. There is one minor character who, based on naming conventions and the mention of black hair, might be Asian American.

On the whole, the book is captivating enough to draw the reader in and keep them glued to the page. The excellent writing makes up for some of the issues I listed above. One book cannot do everything and this one seems to grapple with just enough. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 12, 2020 |
Emma has been homeschooled through elementary school but will start attending middle school, which scares and excites her. The night before school starts, she helps her father, who works as a game warden, rescue a rabbit stuck in a fence. The rabbit isn’t wild and she ends up keeping it until someone claims it. Middle school and trying to make friends isn’t turning out to be the experience Emma was expecting, so Lapi becomes a source of comfort. Although typical of the new-kid-in-school story, this does well capturing the awkward pain of trying to fit in and figure out the culture. Emma is appealingly earnest in coming up with strategies to make school work for her, which makes it all the more painful when her plans don’t pan out as hoped. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Mar 17, 2020 |
Cute, simple story about a homeschooled girl who starts going to public school in 5th grade and, at the same time, finds an abandoned or lost pet rabbit. Teachers lessons of what it means to be a friend and how to deal with scary and difficult situations as well as quite a few facts about rabbits. Appropriate for early middle school readers. ( )
  bookappeal | Dec 31, 2019 |
Adorable! I can't wait to recommend this to my grade 4 and 5 library students. Universal themes are explored through Emma who 1) wants a best friend, 2) doesn't want to seem different, 3) is not sure about telling the whole truth about herself, 4) doesn't want to lose her pet rabbit, 5) is not sure whether "Excited" or "Scared" is winning the race.

Every chapter begins with a fact about rabbits, a bonus. And the last two chapters made me cry, also a bonus.

Small gripe? I didn't learn how to pronounce Emma's French name for her grandparents and the name she chose for her rabbit until almost the end of the book. Like students, I LOVE learning new things and would have been happier pronouncing those correctly throughout the whole book. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Jul 21, 2019 |
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On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence; the very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being home schooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone--except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together, because of the rabbit.

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