Hooper Tom's Rabbit: A Novel

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Tom's Rabbit: A Novel

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Based on actual diaries written by sailors and complemented by carefully researched artwork, a moving Christmastime story follows Tom and his pet rabbit on their way to explore Antarctica and its wildlife aboard the Terra Nova.

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A sailor's search for a nest for his pet rabbit spurs a fascinating tour aboard a ship headed toward Antarctica in 1910. As crewman Tom surveys the crowded vessel, he discovers a cat tucked in a miniature hammock, a parrot swinging on a perch, dogs howling on deck and horses snug in wooden stalls, beneath which he finds a cozy home for his rabbit amid the hay. All the while, preparations progress in the galley and dining area for a "special dinner," and soon the author reveals that it's Christmas Eve (which culminates in the rabbit's delivery of 17 babies). Hooper based her research on diaries kept during the 1910 voyage of the British Terra Nova, whose mission was to be the first to reach the South Pole (a Norwegian expedition beat them to it). Kitchen (Animal ABC) handily contrasts the tidy and cramped quarters below deck to the open expanse and incandescent light of the water and sky, as Tom views an icy sea filled with whales and penguins perched atop icebergs. The particularly memorable closing spread of Christmas morning shows a glacial sunrise of glimmering gold, white, purple and many shades of orange, evoking a sense of being on top of the world and at the edge of a last frontier. By the book's end, readers may well feel that they, too, have completed a voyage of discovery. Ages 4-8.
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Grade 2-4?Endnotes explain that this story is based on an excerpt from Captain Robert Scott's diary during his 1910 attempt to reach the South Pole. In it, he noted that at Christmas, crewman Tom Crean's pet rabbit bore 17 babies. The clearly written text describes Tom's efforts to find a perfect place for Little Rabbit to nest as the crew makes preparations for a "special dinner." Once the spot was found (in the horses' hay storage), the men celebrated Christmas Eve and when Tom returned to check on the rabbit, she had given birth. He then planned to distribute the bunnies as pets among his friends on the ship. Kitchen's wonderfully detailed full-page spreads, most facing a boxed page of text, impart the grandeur of the seascapes as seen from onboard the Terra Nova. This quiet, secular story, with only a tangential Christmas theme, will surely find fans among pet lovers and nature aficionados and a place in nonsectarian holiday storytimes.?LF
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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