Rabbit and the Motorbike

Chronicle. Sept. 2019. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452170909.
PreS-Gr 2–An appealing story about grief and acceptance. Rabbit looks forward to Dog’s visits and stories about his road trips on his motorbike. Rabbit loves to live vicariously through Dog’s stories. But sadly, the day comes when Dog stops visiting. He does, however, leave his motorbike to Rabbit. Eventually, Rabbit embraces life (and the motorbike) and even makes a new friend, Cat. Jacoby’s illustrations help keep the mood from becoming too dark; Dog is a schnauzer with a beard, black leather jacket and boots, and a riding scarf. His adventures include trips through the majestic redwood forest, on a beach followed by a flock of seagulls, and around the Mojave Desert. The message is a good one. As Dog says, “The world is beautiful.... If you’re brave enough to see it. Even new places can feel like long-lost friends.”
VERDICT Recommended for public and school libraries as a tool for children who are experiencing grief. The tone is lighter than in many texts that deal with loss, and the book lends itself to discussion

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