This story raises questions that need addressing. If your not addressing these issues with your child you should be asking yourself why not? Is this for the `good' of your child or your unwillingness to deal with difficult and intangible issues?
Issues regarding loneliness,friendship, appearance, death , as raised in this book, can be difficult but can only be a positive thing. If we give only one side of a story then its simply one-dimensional,false and detrimental, ultimately giving the child rather an unbiased view of life as it really is. We're cheating them.
Stone rabbits dont come to life, people are far to quick to judge, things die!. This is life, not a Disney cartoon. Children a need balanced point of view not just diet of sterile watered down realities
This book helps both parent and child perhaps realise and recognise certain truths within themselves and within one another, straddling the border between awkward (for the parent)and enlightening(for the child).
If you want your child to become someone who changes things for the better then read them this book, otherwise simply carry on spoon-feeding them nothing but `nice' sterile stories.
This book is poignant, playful, wise, edifying , satisfying, challenging and really beautifully illustrated. There numerous what?where?why? and how? questions for a parent to try and answer,and if you make the effort both you and your child will be rewarded a thousand times over as you both grow to understand more and more about life from this simple little tale.
This is a book we as a family will return to as our children grow. Its already loved and treasured by both children and parents and is set to become a timeless family favourite in our household.