Magical Tale of Bravery and Lessons in Family Loyalty
Imaginative Tale of Bravery and Family Loyalty With a Touch of History Intertwined
Shelley Moore Thomas 's creative tale of a little rabbit who must solve a problem is one not to be missed by middle grade readers who enjoy magic and whimsical tales. The Last Rabbit is a fun read that also has lessons in family loyalty and bravery. History is intertwined with all of the magic.
Albie is the last little rabbit on the island of Hybrasil. Albie used to be a girl along with her three sisters. They all arrived on the island of Hybrasil after their parents were killed in the Battle of Britain. Their dad was a pilot during the war. The London Blitz during the war was a sad ending for the girls who lost their family. Albie's three sisters left the island one by one after they arrived and Albie was left alone with the magician and a boy. She had to make a decision about leaving the island to be with her sisters. The problem that presented itself was that the island was sinking. Albie was faced with the idea of leaving or trying to keep the island from sinking. The magician has many stories to tell her along the way while trying to make the decision. Albie would remain a rabbit forever if she stayed with the magician to save the island. She would turn back into a girl if she allowed the boy to take her in the boat to join her sisters. Young readers will find this to be a page-turner to see what Albie would decide.
Thomas uses inserted texts of poetry along the way with secrets inside the poetry. Albie has a relationship with the ocean and once imagines that the ocean is her grandmother. There is also a dream that Albie has along the way in which she sees her dad. All of these elements bring this enchanting story to life with interesting events. Thomas also makes a reference to the favorite old tale of Peter Rabbit at the beginning of The Last Rabbit. Peter Rabbit was instructed by his mom to never go into the farmer's field of cabbage. Albie was instructed never to cross the bridge on the island of Hybrasil. Albie also has a field of cabbage that she likes.
The Last Rabbit was published by Wendy Lamb Books, a division of Random House Children's Books. It has an ISBN of 9780593173534 and is recommended for ages 8-12.
Enjoy this whimsical tale!
Black and White Illustrations Help Create the Tale
Bring The Last Rabbit Into Your Classroom for Fun Reading and Creative Writing Activities
Chapter books are a popular tool for teachers to use in lessons for teaching reading concepts and creative writing. Shelley Moore Thomas's The Last Rabbit is a delightful choice for teachers who teach reading and creative writing to middle grade students. Chapter books can be assigned as a book to be read individually for individual projects or as a book to be shared and read aloud as a class. Students enjoy reading a chapter or two each day aloud. Reading aloud to classmates encourages students to improve their reading skills.
*Read a chapter or two each day in a group reading session.
*Call attention to the intertwined history of the war at the beginning of the tale and how Albie and her sisters lost their parents. Students might like to take a side trip into studying the war after reading The Last Rabbit.
*Assign a creative writing activity for students to imagine that they turned into a rabbit or another animal of their choice. Present the opportunity for them to read their stories to their classmates.
*Engage the students in a discussion of the magical events and the whimsey in the tale.