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The Rabbit Listened


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 36 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 04/06/2020 ISBN: 9781912650149

The Rabbit Listened

Cori Doerrfeld

Scallywag Press

With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, The Rabbit Listened is a tender meditation on loss. When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn't feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that's not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. Whether read in the wake of tragedy or as a primer for comforting others, this is a deeply moving and unforgettable story sure to soothe heartache of all sizes.

Selling points

  • A profound tool to help children understand their emotions and process their losses.
  • Relevanttoloss at any level,from a death,to the simple one illustrated in the book: a block tower falling apart.
  • A sensitive story which will help children to develop a strong emotional intelligence.
  • Universal subject rendered with universal text and images:we don’t know if Taylor is a boy or girl or what sort of race or background Taylor is from.
  • Gives kids—and adults—permission to feel all the things they’re feeling, and helps them understand what they can do when someone else is going through a hard time too.


‘Sensitive and insightful, this poignant story provides an ideal starting point for discussion about how it feels when things go wrong.’ - BookTrust

‘A beautifully mindful and poignant story about how to deal with life’s heartaches big and small’ - Baby London

‘So simple, but powerful’ - Juno


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