Before Five in a Row: The Runaway Bunny

The Runaway Bunny, a 1942 classic by Margaret Wise Brown, is a delightful tale of a mother’s steadfast love for her baby bunny.  The little bunny threatens to run away and his mother assures him, “If you run away, I will run after you”.

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We had a lot of fun with this story.  I was so close to skipping it thinking it was too babyish, but I’m glad I didn’t because it has been one of our favorites so far this year.  We spent time studying the illustrations and comparing them to Goodnight Moon as they are both illustrated by Clement Hurd.  They loved finding similarities and even found an illustration from The Runaway Bunny in Goodnight moon.  They also enjoyed hunting for the bunny in his hiding place on every page.

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The painting on the wall in Goodnight Moon is an illustration in The Runaway Bunny. 

We made up our own “if you, then I” statements.  I wish I would’ve written them down because they had thought of some really cute ones.

“If you become a sailboat and sail away from me,” said his mother,  “I will become the wind and blow you where I want you to go”.

We blew cotton bunnies just where we wanted them to go.

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“If you go flying on a flying trapeze,” said his mother, “I will be a tightrope walker, and I will walk across the air to you.”

We had a blast walking on our own tight rope!  Clara dressed up just like the mother bunny…

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And of course needed a costume change.

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Benjamin kicked it up a notch with all kinds of tricks.

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For his Lego challenge, he made a fishing pole and then a tight rope!

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I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Jeremiah 31:3


For Bible, we related the mother’s endless love for her son to Jeremiah 31:3.  We likened this to God’s love for us and though we may try to run away and hide from Him, He is relentless in pursuing our hearts and will always be with us.

We were blessed with the most beautiful weather for teatime! Being one of the first days we could actually feel heat radiating from the sun, we had to spend it outside.  It was glorious!  We ate bunny pudding cups, sipped some chilled juice, and soaked in the sunshine.

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We finished up teatime with a  quick lesson on round shapes.  We examined the differences between circles, discs, and spheres.

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We had a great week, though I can feel a strong dose of spring fever headed our way!

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