January 16th, 2018
The Forgotten Rabbit is a book that is doing so much good for rabbits. Here’s a lovely testimonial of how this book helped one little rabbit move to a warmer place.
Elementary school teacher Sharon Leonard recently used the RedRover Readers program book The Forgotten Rabbit with her class. In the story, which was inspired by the author’s real-life rabbit, Marshmallow, a family buys a bunny around Easter time, but the rabbit is soon forgotten and left out in the cold.
Once Sharon finished reading the book with her class, she held a discussion with her students using the RedRover Readers techniques, which are designed to help students make responsible decisions and promote critical thinking about the ways we treat animals and people. The very next morning a boy approached her and shared that his family moved their caged rabbit closer to the house, where the animal could be warmer.
“…Reading aloud and discussing the book made an impression on my student,” Sharon told us, “and he influenced his parents to move the bunny cage closer to his house.”
These small acts of kindness start with student’s self-awareness that they can help others. While the bunny isn’t completely inside, this child experienced heightened social-awareness after his class’s discussion and recognized that their family rabbit was probably too cold the way the cage was initially positioned.
Today, this little boy is learning how to treat others with kindness and respect. Perhaps in the future, he will grow up to be just like Oscar Gonzales, the Pacoima resident who helped rescue a rabbit from the recent California wildfires. One child at a time, RedRover Readers is helping teachers instill kindness and empathy in their students. Books like The Forgotten Rabbit help teach children that even the littlest creatures need to be cared for and loved.
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