Monday, July 9, 2018

Rabbit & Possum by Dana Wulfekotte

Possum Seems To Be Up A Tree Without A Tall Ladder!

Somebody Needs To Solve A Big Problem Fast

Possum wakes with a start when he hears rustling in the bushes. He is positive that a monster is making the noise, so he sprints to the nearest tall tree and climbs up high. After chastising him for being a "scaredy-possum" Rabbit attempts to follow him up the tree. Why? Maybe he's a scaredy-rabbit? But it turns out rabbits aren't very good at climbing and when he falls he breaks the lowest limb off the tree, trapping Possum since he has nothing to step on when he wants to descend.

Time for Rabbit to come to the rescue. There are several thought bubbles showing Rabbit's funny ideas, such as a beaver gnawing through the tree trunk, birds carrying Possum down safely, and raking a pile of leaves for Possum to fall into. However, none of the problem-solving ideas makes Rabbit feel too comfortable. Meanwhile, Possum is stretched out on the limb with a speech balloon, 
"I'm DOOMED! I'll be stuck up here forever!"
 At this point, you might notice that Possum is contributing nothing to finding a way to get down safely.

Eventually, Rabbit sees a moose in the distance. The same moose that scared Possum in the first place, since the reader saw portions of it behind the bushes. But will a monster-of-a-moose be willing to help? And how?

Wulfekotte’s pencil on paper and digitally colored illustrations are very complimentary to the story.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: It felt like an opportunity missed not to show Possum's fall to freedom.

What I Liked Most: Though the illustrations are quite simple, I would say they are a big part of this book. 

If you want to discuss anything about the story, it opens a wonderful opportunity to bring out the fact that Possum could have been problem solving himself, even if they too were silly ideas. It would have helped him feel less helpless and a bit more in control.

Activities To Accompany The Book

4 Stars
Author / Illustrator: Dana Wulfekotte
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (February 2018)

  • Approx. Word Count: 361
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Pages: 40

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