Review of The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit by Alison Uttley

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Today we hear from Bookbabbler Wendy…

Alison Uttley’s books were first published over eighty years ago and I can remember reading Little Grey Rabbit books when I was a child. They are illustrated by Margaret Tempest in a perfectly sweet way with the animals depicted in a human style with clothes and standing on 2 feet. The book itself is small and prefect for little hands to hold.

The little Grey Rabbit lives with the Hare and the Squirrel and looks after their every need. The hare was a conceited fellow and the squirrel was proud whereas the rabbit was not proud at all.

The story of The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit is based around what happens when a weasel moves into the woods. They are warned by the other animals in the woods not to go out as the weasel is about but the Squirrel say to the rabbit I need a teasel to brush my tale and the Hare says he needs some carrots as he is fed up with eating lettuce. The brave little rabbit therefore ventures out but gets caught by the farmer from whom she manages to escape. The Rabbit decides that she must grow carrots to avoid getting caught again and gives up her tale to the Owl in return for being told how to grow them. Whilst the Rabbit is at the shops getting seeds the Squirrel and the Hare are captured by the Weasel and the Rabbit has to rescue them. The Squirrel and the Hare are sorry and say that they will never be proud or rude again.

This book and other stories in the Little Grey Rabbit collection are wonderful timeless stories that are a real classic of children’s literature.

Thanks Wendy and thank you to Templar for sending us a copy to review.