The indomitable Little Rabbit is starting school and discovering the challenges of independence.
Today is a special day. It is Little Rabbit’s first day of school, and he has decided to bring along his favorite toy, Charlie Horse. The busy classroom is crowded with little rabbits and lots of activities. His new teacher, Mrs. Morag, seems very happy to see him and Charlie Horse—that is, until Charlie Horse disrupts story time, dances on top of the desk during music time, and jumps into the cake batter at snack time. At the end of the day, even Little Rabbit realizes that Charlie Horse may not be ready for school after all.
Harry Horse hits all the right notes in this gently humorous, reassuring story that depicts how children cope with a big transition. Young readers will identify easily with the young character’s conflicting desires for independence and reassurance.
★ “Youngsters just starting school will find Little Rabbit’s ups and downs highly familiar as he navigates a rocky first day, perpetually in motion, adorable in his trademark ear-shaped cap and red raincoat.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Fashioned in warm colors, the watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are wonderful…No matter how many titles you have on this topic, be sure to make room for Little Rabbit.” ―School Library Journal
“Horse distills a universal experience into an amusing story with distinct characters and delightful detail… Utterly engaging and ultimately reassuring.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This is a good addition to any school library no matter how many other “back to school” or “first day of school” books you have on hand. It is also a good choice for parents who have a child entering school that wants to take along a favorite toy. I recommend Little Rabbit Goes to School highly.” ―ACS Reader’s Haven
“This book is full of humor and heart. The warm, expressive artwork is reminiscent of classics like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit. The illustrations are engaging and make it easy for children to follow the story.” ―Youth Lit Reviews
Best Children’s Books ―Publishers Weekly, 2004
Best Bets for the Classroom ―Virginia Center for the Book, 2005
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2005
AR Level: 2.9
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre F
Themes: Behavior, Friendship, Rules, School, Sharing
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV039090 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / New Experience
BISAC 3: JUV002210 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Rabbits