The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

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A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small.

When something sad happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to act, and one by one they fail to offer comfort. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen . . . which is just what Taylor needs.

With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustration, The Rabbit Listened is about how to comfort and heal the people in your life, by taking the time to carefully, lovingly, gently listen.

Cori Doerrfeld illustrated the acclaimed picture book The Rabbit Listened, as well as popular books like Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story and The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

★ ”This appealing work is an excellent addition to any emotional-intelligence shelf.” — Kirkus, starred review

★ “Each of Doerrfeld’s highly distilled and elegantly concise vignettes brims with emotional honesty and profound empathy. The result is a story that’s wise, funny, and easy to take to heart.”  — Publishers Weekly, starred review

★  ”This is a delightful picture book with a lot of meaning in the subtext…Granting this work a place in your library collection should give it the exposure and the voice it so richly deserves.” — School Library Connection 

“A beautifully rendered story of loss, friendship, andlearning how to rebuild…. This is a tear-jerking tale of learning howto be there for a loved one, relevant for both the child hearing the story and the adult reading it.” — Booklist

“A reminder for adults and children alike that sometimes the best way to help someone is to sit quietly with them.” — BCCB

“In addition to validating feelings of anger and disappointment, this book is a fine vehicle for group discussion of ways to help others deal with these emotions. Sometimes just listening is best of all” —SLJ

“A lovely springboard to discuss grief with young children.” — Book Riot

“[The Rabbit Listened] is a lovely book and a corrective, perhaps, for adults who may forget that quiet attention has its own curative power.” — The Wall Street Journal

0.5" H x 10.1" L x 10.2" W 

40 pages

hardcover