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One moonlit night when the world was young, Rabbit danced in a grove of willow trees, nibbling twigs from a raspberry bush and dreaming of the coming spring. Rabbit's tail flowed out behind him, for in those days it was long and thick like Squirrel's tail is today. In How Rabbit Lost His Tail, based on a Seneca legend, Ann Tompert's playful text and Jacqueline Chwast's elegant illustrations tell the story of Rabbit's embarrassing loss long ago in the magic of a woodland spring.
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JACQUELINE CHWAST lives in Astoria, New York, and has illustrated over 50 books for children, including The Perilous Pit, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1993.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3. A simple pourquoi story, based on a Seneca legend. Rabbit, who once had a long bushy tail like a squirrel, believes for a foolish moment that his fast running has made the snow fall. He hops onto a snow drift and then to a willow tree branch to take a nap. When he awakens, it is spring, the snow drifts have melted, and he is stranded high up in the branches and can't get down. His friends are unable to solve the dilemma until Squirrel tells him to jump: Rabbit does, but his tail remains stuck in the tree. Ever since, the tiny white tails hanging on willows in spring remind us of him. Rabbit's punishment seems rather excessive for a misguided moment of pride. Chwast does not base her art on the Seneca roots of the legend, but her cartoon illustrations nicely balance the text, with characters created in pastel colors outlined in black and dressed in human clothing. However, neither text nor pictures make this book unique. A slight story with not much of a point.?Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0395822815 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0140740
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1997. Condition: New. Jacqueline Chwast (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0395822815
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