When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can’t be much fun to lie there; she should be moved. But how? And to where? Finally, the dog comes up with an inspired and unique idea and they work together through the night to make it happen. Once finished, they can’t be positive, but they think they have done their best to help the flat rabbit get somewhere better than the middle of the road where they found her. Sparely told with simple artwork,The Flat Rabbittreats the concept of death with a sense of compassion and gentle humor and a note of practicality. In the end, the dog’s and the rat’s caring, thoughtful approach results in an unusual yet perfect way to respect their departed friend.
Fountas & Pinnel: N
Lexile Measure: AD 610L
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Bardur Oskarssonis a Faroese children’s writer, illustrator, and artist. He has won several literary awards and his works have been translated into Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, French, German, and English. He lives in the Faroe Islands, Denmark.
-Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014
-A Brain Pickings Best Picture Book of 2014
-A 100 Scope Notes Wildest Children's Book of 2014
As perfectly, honestly childlike in its approach as Margaret Wise Brown and Remy Charlip's classicThe Dead Bird, this title should provoke both thought and discussion.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
It's unusually corporeal . . . but it's this very tactile wrestling with death that feels so honest.
Booklist, starred review
A quietly profound new picture book