A universal, deeply moving exploration of grief and empathy With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, The Rabbit Listened is a tender meditation on loss. When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn't feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that's not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. Whether read in the wake of tragedy or as a primer for comforting others, this is a deeply moving and unforgettable story sure to soothe heartache of all sizes.
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"In a matter-of-fact tone that somehow also conveys concern, narrator Lori Gardner shares young Taylor's frustration when his amazing block creation comes tumbling down. Taylor is NOT ready to hear the helping suggestions of assorted animals--a chicken who in a bawking voice wants to talk and talk about it; a grating hyena who wants to laugh about it; and a growly voiced bear who wants to shout about the blocks' tumble. Gardner's voice then becomes soft and gentle as the rabbit who nestles beside Taylor and who is the perfect calming creature to provide silent compassion as Taylor hatches a new plan. (Talkers everywhere should take heed.) A.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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