Rabbit Hill

by Robert Lawson

Paperback, 1977



Local notes

PB Law




Puffin Books (1977), Paperback. 128 pages. $3.50.


New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.


Newbery Medal (Medal Winner — 1945)


Original publication date


Physical description

128 p.; 7.4 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member ctpress
“On every side there arose a continual chattering and squeaking, whispering and whistling, as the Animals discussed the great news. Through it all could be heard again and again the words, ‘New Folks coming.’

Indeed, human folks are coming to the countryside and it's exciting days for all the
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animals living nearby. Will the new neigbours be bad folks or nice to the animals?

This is not [Watership Down]. There's not the impending danger we feel all the time in Richard Adams more ”realistic" approach.

Lawson's story is however gentle, funny, uplifting. You can relax and delight in the adventures of the main character, little Georgie - together with his endlessly worrying mother and endlessly admonishing father - and of course all the other animals on the hill.

Also - Melba Sibrel did a good job narrating, specially the voices of Little Georgie and his father with a strong southern accent - hilarious.
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LibraryThing member babybelle
Possibly my first ever book.Wonderful illustrations and escape to an imaginary but familiar land.A real tale..
LibraryThing member debnance
“New Folks coming…new Folks coming into the Big House!” That’s the cry of every Animal on Rabbit Hill. The Animals are filled with excitement…and fear. Will the new people bring a new prosperity to the house and the hill? Or will they bring danger?Not to give away too much, but the charm
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of the story is the way the new Folks are everything the Animals could hope for and more, beautiful role models of love.
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LibraryThing member malissiaharrison
This is the story of New Folks moving into the empty house on the hill and how all the animals are excited. The animals hope they are planting folks so they will have food for the winter. The new folks plant a huge garden to share with the animals and even nurse one of the rabbits back to health
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when he gets run over by a car.

Living on a farm, I think this book will help young students understand how wild animals survive. Anyone who loves animals will find this book sweet and entertaining.

Each student will be assigned a different animal from the book and have to find out what the animals eat, where they sleep and any interesting facts about their animal.

The students will get to taste a variety of vegetables and fruit that grow in a garden. Then we will make a graph to show their favorite.
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LibraryThing member homeschoolmama2
A wonderful story about inter-relationships of Rabbit Hill animals.
LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Here is a short tale of animal paradise - people who appreciate all the small animals and are willing to share. There's not much of a plot - Little Georgie is hit by a car and nursed back to health by the Big Folks. Meanwhile the animals don't know what to think - is he being tortured or cared for?
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The animal characters are more human-like than animal-like, but it is a fun imagining of life as a small creature.
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LibraryThing member Mattie10
Rabbit Hill is a great children's book about the animals on rabbit hill. New folks are moving in to the house on the hill and the rabbits are nervous. They do not know if the new people will be nice or mean, or if they will plant food for them to eat and take care if them in the winter. In the end
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they find out that the new folks do love animals and will help them when they need it the most. I really liked this book. I think young children who like animals will also really enjoy this book.

In the classroom children can bring their favorite vegetables for their garden to do as a group. Or they could tell the class what their favorite animal is and why.
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LibraryThing member satyridae
Re-read, first time in many years.

It continues to interest me that many of my deeply held principles are explicit in books I read as a child. Here, the garden many times larger than needed by the folks eating from it is encountered. No traps, no poison, enough to share. I know that it was
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reinforced for me in lots of ways but I have to wonder if this book is the genesis of my organic gardener's consciousness.

That aside, it's a sweet, simplistic, painfully anthropomorphic story.
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LibraryThing member TnTexas
The kids and I enjoyed this book well enough. I found the storytelling and pacing a bit uneven in spots, but a lot of that could be a difference of the times (now and when it was written).
LibraryThing member KayHarker
Remember those holiday mornings in summer,when the sun is shining through your bedroom curtains and the world is waiting? Well this book has the same feeling.
LibraryThing member bettyjo
New people move to Rabbit Hill and the neighborhood is very curious.
LibraryThing member SeriousGrace
This is a kids book an adult could easily read in an hour or so. It's simple but extremely cute. It's the story of a family of rabbits excited by the possibility of a new family moving into their neighborhood. New residents mean gardens full of food, sheds full of hay, houses full of warmth.
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the best things about Rabbit Hill is how human Lawson makes these animals. For example, Father Rabbit is constantly bringing up his Kentucky Bluegrass days and Mother Rabbit is always fretting about one thing or another. The animals around Father know to quickly change the subject or else they will be talking about the southern good 'ole days all afternoon and the animals around Mother know to avoid certain subjects like pesky little boys and noxious car fumes.
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LibraryThing member spring.rainbow
This book is about animals, mainly rabbits that live on a hill with a house on the property. At first, the house is occupied with a family that took good care of the place and had a big vegetable garden. The animals would feed off of the garden and store for winter. The family left and the
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place was vacant for a very long time. The vegetable garden was gone and the food for the animals was very scarce. Eventually, a family arrived to live at the house upon the hill. This family took very good care of the animals and didn't even put up a fence to keep them out. They had a vegetable garden even better than the first.

Personal Reaction:
I liked reading the book. I liked the way the author tells a story from the animals' point of view. I also liked the way the story ended. This book tells about going through rough times and then making it through in the end. I know I have had rough times in my life and have made it through. This book gives a good example of that from an animals' point of view.

Extension Ideas:
1. Have the class write in a journal about a time that was rough for them and then they made it through.
2. Have the class color a picture of rabbits and other animals living on a hill with a house that is occupied.
3. Discuss as a class what the students liked and disliked about the story and why.
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LibraryThing member AmberDimmitt
This story is about animals that live on Rabbit Hill. They are taken car of by the owners who live in the house and has a vegetable garden. The rabbits are able to eat off the garden and store some for the winter. The people move and the house is vacant for a long time. The rabbits have a hard time
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finding food because the vegetable garden is gone. Finally, a new family moves into the house. The rabbits wonder if they will be nice or mean. Will they feed them? Take care of them? Turns out the new folks are very nice and takes care of the rabbits.

My reaction:
I thought this story was neat how the animals told the story from their point of view. I also liked how it showed how the rabbits got through the hard times when food was scarce.

Classroom extensions:
1. Have the students draw the house and vegetable garden at Rabbit Hill.
2. Have the students write in their journal, a rough time they have been through.
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LibraryThing member barbarashuler
This is an incredible book that I so thoroughly enjoyed reading. I love how the novel shows the connection between animals and humans and how that connection can be a good thing, or a bad thing. This book would be an awesome addition to classroom collections.
LibraryThing member SusieDell
Summary: This book is a older book that tells about the life of rabbits, and other animals that they come in contact with daily. The rabbit family would have some kind of adventure happening each time. Little Georgie, Mother, Father, and Uncle Analdas are main characters. Little Georgie is the
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adventurous one taking chances, and really the go getter.

Personal reaction: this book was ok to read, at times it just got boring. I probably would not read this to my students. what I did like about it was how the author painted a picture of whatever was going on by the words he used, the words were very descriptive.

Extension: I would use this book to talk about different friendships and of course how these animals worked or did not work together to get something done.
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LibraryThing member Audacity88
An overly moralistic children's story, with a good start but a disappointingly saccharine end.
LibraryThing member foggidawn
All of the small animals on the hill are excited at the prospect of “new folks coming,” but what will the new arrivals be like? Planters, or lazy, shiftless sorts? Will they have dogs? Guns? Traps? Anticipation mounts as move-in day draws near.

This is a pleasant, old-fashioned story. There’s
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not a whole lot to it, but kids who like gentle animal stories without all that “red in tooth and claw” stuff might still enjoy this. I probably would have, at the age of seven or eight. Recommended for timid children and nostalgic grown-ups.
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LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
Cute little story, with animals slightly less anthropomorphized than Fantastic Mr. Fox. It's actually a nice mix of actual animal behavior and humanized behavior. The dealings with the New Folks are...a bit too sweet for me, There Is Enough For All...yeah, no. That's the way the animals are the
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most anthropomorphized, their emotions and reactions to the human behavior. Plus the clever tricks to deal with the food chain - the fox only likes chickens, who apparently aren't people (though even that is dealt with). Little Georgie is cute, but I don't see why they kept his survival such a secret if they think the animals are capable of understanding. Anyway, fun to read, not worth rereading for me.
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LibraryThing member richardgulick
Summary: Rabbit hill is the location of the story. The story is about the animals living around Rabbit Hill, and the struggle from the big house being empty. With no one living in the house, there is no one to tend the garden that many of the animals use as their main source of food. Now new people
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are moving in to the house. The animals most adapt to the new residents of the big house.

Personal Reaction: It was hard for me to read this book. That being said there are probably plenty of children that would love this book.

Classroom Extensions: 1. I could read this book to introduce children to longer books. The book is still short, but longer than early reader books. 2. As we read, I can have the class help "paint a picture" in my mind of what is happening. I can read a section then we can discuss what we are visualizing.
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LibraryThing member Crowyhead
This was my favorite book when I was a kid! I can still quote passages from memory.
LibraryThing member ChazziFrazz
A Newberry Medal winner by Robert Lawson, the author of "Ben & Me." The book was written in 1944 and has a different tempo than many children's books written today.

"New Folks coming!" is the big news on the Hill. All the animals are excited and worried. The last people to live in the house were
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lazy and did nothing to keep up the house and property. They didn't even plant a proper garden! Times had been tough and food scarce for the animals.

Hope is that the new people will take pride in the house and have a good garden. Concern is over if the New Folks will bring dogs, traps, guns or poison. Those things would be deadly to the animals' way of life.

The story is told from the viewpoint of the animals, especially the Rabbit family.

There are wonderful black and white illustrations sprinkled through the book that add more to the story. Responsibility, civility and community are found in this book of only 127 pages. A good book to be read at any age.
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