The month of April brings out a flurry of rabbit activity at our rural home in Camas, Washington. We'll spot movement out of the corner of our eye and see one, or two, quickly hopping by. Occasionally, Mac will run to the window and sit in fascination as he watches one munch on the clover in the yard.
This month, the children's book, The April Rabbits, also brings me fond memories. It was a favorite of my children, and I've since gifted a copy to each of them to enjoy reading with their children. While it's designed for young readers, it's one of those entertaining and humorous stories that kids of all ages, adults alike, will enjoy again and again.
The story is about a little boy named Robert, and as he goes about his day, he keeps spotting rabbits. Each day in April, rabbits magically appear in the same number as the day's date. Is it just a cooincdence that the rabbit sightings begin on April Fool's Day? And as their numbers increase, the rabbits attire and behavior gets wilder and wackier.
"On the sixteenth day of April, Robert finds sixteen rabbits making double decker peanut butter sandwiches in the kitchen."
At one point, Robert's mom decides to take him to the eye doctor because he's seeing so many rabbits.
If you have young children in your family, I heartily recommend picking up a copy of David Cleveland's, The April Rabbits. I keep our family's old tattered copy readily available for visiting children at our Multi-Gen home. I may just read it again later today, for old times' sake. Plus, you're never too old to appreciate a charming story.
Special thanks to Michael Jacobs for his wonderful post, "Rabbit Redux Of Sorts," and for making rabbits top of mind today, which you must admit, sounds better than rabbits on the back burner. ( EEK! Memories of Fatal Attraction)