Puzzling over this Picture Book
This book is a bit of a puzzle. The Other Rabbit by Maranke Rinck & Martijn van der Linden was purchased at Beaverdale Books early last year to be part of the Book Drops for Kids project.
After a little research on the Lemniscaat, the Dutch based publisher I found a the introductory video above. I also found a blog post by The Reading Castle as an explanation of the puzzle. They write:
The rabbit’s world is just like in a memory game. It’s made out of pairs. And – who wants to be alone in world of couples? So the bunny starts a journey to find it’s match, “the other rabbit”. Rabbit meets lots of helpful creatures during his journey: A flock of birds, a king with a giant nose, a chicken, a swarm of fish and a herd of different animals help him to find “the other rabbit”
Read this book to a child and they will have no problem looking for pairs. As mentioned before kids love pattern recognition. Play a memory game and count by two as fun follow up activities.
As a way of modeling leadership to kids, this book is about determination and persistence. Questions to ask depending on the interest of the child.
- What is the rabbit's goal?
- What are actions the rabbit takes toward that goal?
- How many obstacles rabbit overcome?
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Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a project called Book Drops for Kids. The project promotes using picture books to inspire interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) thinking.
At least once a month a picture book is purchased from an independent book store and “dropped” in a little free library to for someone to use.