Marshmallow Mondays

You Can’t Hide From Mother Bunny

Yesterday afternoon, Rydan and I took a trip to the bookstore.  After finally finishing the collection of books that Ryan had bought me for Christmas, I needed something new to read.  Rydan of course was happy to tag along and pick out a new bedtime book for himself as well.

Upon entering the store, Rydan could barely contain his excitement.  I had to remind him to use his “bookstore voice” quite a few times, but I of course was pleased to see him so anxious to find a new book for his collection.  His eyes darted across the store in search for the kids’ section.  After we found it, he quickly moved from shelf to shelf, pointing out familiar books that we have at home or ones that he’s read at school.  He spent a good amount of time looking through the racks of Berenstain Bear books and then moved on to rows upon rows of Dr. Seuss selections.  Knowing that he could pick just one new book, he took his time in making his decision.

After browsing for close to 45 minutes, one book caught Rydan’s eye.  It was a small hardcover version of Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, author of two of our favorites – Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Goon.  We had seen an image of Runaway Bunny on the back of our Goodnight Moon book at home, so Rydan was excited when he found this one resting on a shelf by itself.  This particular version also came complete with a tiny stuffed white bunny, which was an added bonus for Rydan.

So last night, he grabbed his little bunny and crawled into bed, prepared to read his new book.  I can already see that this one will be a new favorite for both of us in no time at all.  Runaway Bunny is a charming little story about a young bunny who tells his mother he is going to run away.  In response, his mother tells him that no matter where he goes or what he turns into, she will always find him.

“If you run after me,” said the little bunny,
“I will become a fish in a trout stream
and I will swim away from you.”

“If you become a fish in a trout stream,” said his mother,
“I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”

Rydan enjoyed the silly and imaginative ways that the little bunny came up with to run away from his mother.  I enjoyed the mother’s persistent love for her little bunny, which she showed by being equally creative in her responses to him.  In a warm, light-hearted way, this story teaches a child the undefeatable love that a mother has in her heart for her young bunny. 

As a stepmom and an expectant mother, this story really touched my heart.  One thing I’ve learned from Rydan is that children often try to outsmart their parents.  I can easily compare Rydan to this little bunny because of his extreme imagination and his gentle way of challenging his mother.  In the end, the little bunny sees that no matter what adventurous attempt he may come up with to run away, nothing compares to staying close to his mother.


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I always loved the Berenstain Bears. Mollie now loves me to read them to her. Always a pleasure reading your weekly posts.
Have a lovely week!
PS I hope all is going well with the little one on the way.

Comment by Brook

What a great post!

Comment by Amanda

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