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Little Grey Rabbit's Birthday (The Little Grey Rabbit library) Hardcover – 9 Oct 1986


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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (9 Oct. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001942107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001942103
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,555,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LITTLE GREY RABBIT lives with Squirrel and Hare in a little house on the edge of a wood.

One day Grey Rabbit finds the other two in the garden. They've got a secret. "A secret from me?" She asks, astonished. "What can it be?"

Soon it will be little Grey Rabbit's birthday, and Squirrel and Hare are planning a surprise for her.

"A fistful of everything makes a nice cake!" says Squirrel happily, as they begin the preparations – and so into the yellow mixing bowl goes everything they can find, from preserved violets to pepper.

Squirrel and Hare tell all the woodland creatures about it – Moldy Warp, Hedgehog, Speckledy Hen, Water Rat and even Wise Owl.

Poor Grey Rabbit feels very left out! She'll just have to wait and see…

ALISON UTTLEY'S Little Grey Rabbit stories have been enjoyed by children for over seventy years. Her sharply observant eye, wonderful wit and pure enjoyment of the cosy never fail to delight. It is a testament to both her and Margaret Tempest;s skill that these classic stories are as appealing today as ever.

Where little Grey Rabbit, Squirrel and Hare live, water does not come out of a tap and there is no electricity. Every morning when Grey Rabbit wakes up, she fills her kettle from the stream just beyond the garden, lights the fire, and makes the tea from daisyheads in a little brown teapot. Then she calls Squirrel and Hare down to their breakfast of lettuce, leaves, nuts and fresh milk.

ALISON UTTLEY'S love of country life – gathering spring flowers, picknicking in summer meadows and skating on frozen ponds – comes through vividly in her stories.

She wrote about her characters, "Why do children love them? Because I believe in them," and it is easy to imagine that if one looked hard enough, one might just find the Little Grey Rabbit, quick Squirrel, bold, careless Hare, kind Moldy Warp the Mole and little Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog all going about their business.

MARGARET TEMPEST'S beautiful watercolours perfectly capture this world. She illustrated the very little Grey Rabbit Story, and her partnership with Alison Uttley continued for forty years.

'The little Grey Rabbit Classic Library'

• 'Little Grey Rabbit's Birthday'
• 'Hare and the Easter Eggs'
• 'Moldy Warp the Mole'
• 'Wise Owl's story'

• GIFT EDITION
• 'Little grey's Rabbit's Christmas'

• AVAILABLE SOON
• 'Fuzzypeg goes to School'
• 'Little Grey Rabbit's May Day'
• 'Little Grey Rabbit Goes to the Sea'
• 'Little Grey Rabbit Goes to the Sea'
• 'Water Rat's Picnic'
• 'The Knot Squirrel Tied'
• 'Squirrel Goes Skating'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alison Uttley was born in 1884 in Derbyshire. She wrote about her characters, “Why do children love them? Because I believe in them.” And it is easy to imagine that just over the next hill, little Grey Rabbit, quick Squirrel, bold Hare, kind Moldy Warp and little Fuzzypeg really are all going about their business.

Margaret Tempest illustrated the very first Little Grey Rabbit story and her partnership with Alison Uttley continued successfully over the next forty years. Her beautiful, witty watercolours are as much loved and remembered today as when the stories were first published.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jen C on 19 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
THIS REVIEW APPLIES ONLY TO THE LITTLE GREY RABBIT CLASSIC SERIES. tHAT book is heavily abridged - all the quirky details left out - for example the fact that when squirrel and hare are gardening - they are planting dandelions. Also left out is most of the character of Hare as self-centeredIllustrations are of course gorgeous - but better to wait for the unabridged versions that are currently being released.

I THINK THAT IF A BOOK IS ABRIDGED IT SHOULD SAY SO _ as I have awsted money on these versions.
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This review is of the unabridged, 1944 hardback edition. Please note that at least some of the newer editions are abridged.

When small, my eldest daughter would always choose the longest bedtime stories. (It postponed bedtime for as long as possible and she enjoyed the cuddle that went with the reading.) She would definitely have favoured Little Grey Rabbit's Birthday, which in this, its unabridged, form, takes fully half an hour to read aloud, even without taking time to dwell on the pictures (by Margaret Tempest), which are truly lovely.

For an adult, it takes too long to finally arrive at Little Grey Rabbit's birthday party. However, there are some nice touches to entertain the adult as well as the child - from the sowing and watering-in of dandelions on the first page to Mrs Hedgehog's observation almost at the end that she has heard her husband's account of seeing a fairy in the apple tree a dozen times before. It is intriguing too to note that Hare put on his Home Guard gas mask before tending the bees (though the picture shows a more conventional beekeeper's veil) and a white pocket handkerchief had GR embroidered in one corner. Well, the book was first published in 1944.

Besides the sowing of dandelions (Hare and Squirrel were supposed to be sowing lettuce), the best jokes relate to Hare's inability to keep the secret of plans for Grey Rabbit's birthday. He even has to have his mouth tied up with (another) handkerchief to prevent the secret from popping out. That's a joke that even quite small children will enjoy too, as they also learn something about keeping secrets. And they will certainly go to sleep happy that Grey Rabbit's birthday, with cake and many presents, in the end turned out really well.
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I love all the stories of Little Grey Rabbit and her friends, but Little Grey Rabbit's Birthday is my favorite. The other animals love her dearly because she is so wise, kind, and innocent. Here they get to show their appreciation for her with a sweet and splendid birthday party. Squirrel and Hare bake a cake, and everyone else contributes to the effort, while keeping it a secret from Grey Rabbit until the big day. This is Alison Uttley's story-telling at its best.
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By MARGARET LEIGH on 21 Sept. 2013
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I would use this supplier agaIn; brought it for my grandchild but kept it in the end as it is one of my favourite childhood books 9but missed the glossy paper!) The text is easy to understand if you are reading the story to under fives.
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