Young rabbits are irresistible, even those with less than salutary characteristics such as Hopscotch. He's appealing, however (and that's a large however) he is also very particular. For a young fellow he has definite likes and dislikes.
In his preference category we find his toy, Rabbity, building block towers and chocolate cake. On his don't-care-for-at-all list are bedtime, cold wet paws.....and at the very top of his dislikes is having his ears washed.
After all, soap made him sneeze and when his ears were wet they dripped. So, this was something to be avoided at all costs. When his mother finally coaxed him into the tub he hold onto his ears "very, very tightly." No amount of trickery or bribery would make him let go of those ears.
One day Hopscotch's older cousin, Bobtail, came for a visit. After a day of play and a hearty dinner, it was bath time. Hopscotch was amazed to see Bobtail washing his own ears.
Sometimes all it takes is a good example for a finicky young rabbit to change his mind.
"Rabbit Ears" holds a lesson for all youngsters who don't relish bath time. Laura Rankin's amusing acrylic ink and paint illustrations add humor to this story of a small rabbit who wants to grow up.
- Gail Cooke