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1.0 out of 5 stars Brown Rabbit - "Getting your Child Ready for a Life of Consumerism & Materialism", 23 April 2011
This review is from: Brown Rabbit in the City (Paperback)
I picked up a copy of "brown rabbit in the city" on recommendation, and was very disappointed. While I appreciate that modern day society is about promoting consumerism at every turn and valuing only material objects, this was the first time I'd found it in a children's book and it took me aback frankly.

"Hat, bags, bangles & scarves. Little Rabbit wanted to try them all." The book basically lays out a trip to the city darting around shops and cafes to finally wrap-up with a brief realisation that the two friends have been ignoring and neglecting one another. A welcome respite but the book's central tenet is anything but friendship and the real value of relationships. Another book by the same author (Hamish the Highland Cow) talks of a scruffy cow who's a misfit in his peer group until he finally gets his hair trimmed and subsequently gets showered with gifts by his friends for tidying himself up. So you'd better not try to raise your kid to be anything other than compliant with the group!

I'm just not a fan of this kind of programming, so I think I'll be sticking to the offerings of Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Lydia Monks, et al. You can make up your own mind, but in my opinion it's books like these -especially read time and again- that give our children moral direction.
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Initial post: 29 Jul 2011 13:22:36 BDT
Dave V says:
I think that misrepresents the book a bit. The rabbits go all over the city doing lots of things - including shopping. The point about the one rabbit's enthusiasm about the things isn't to promote commercialism, but to illustrate that she isn't aware of her friend and what he is feeling or wants to be doing. The review is a bit harsh.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2011 12:02:44 BDT
Mumkey says:
I think I agree with Dave V. Also, if you've read Moon Rabbit first you'll see the foundation of the rabbits' relationship - it revolves around music, dance and companionship - not a shop in sight.
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