Rabbits on Mars by Jan Wahl
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Tired of their hard life on Earth, where dogs chase them, winters are cold, and carrots scarce, three rabbit friends build a rocket ship and journey to Mars in hopes of finding a better life.
 

About Jan Wahl

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Jan Wahl was born April 1, 1933 in Columbus, Ohio, and was raised in northwest Ohio. Much of his childhood was spent on a farm, in a small town. After graduating from high school in 1950, Wahl attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. Wahl was author of a play called Paradiso! Paradiso! while he was a student at Cornell. The play was produced by the school in 1954. Wahl enrolled in a creative writing class, and after graduating, learned that he had been awarded the honor of being a Fulbright fellow in the area of Folklore and Folk Literature. His new found scholastic status brought him to the University of Copenhagan in Denmark. After completing his graduate studies at the University of Copenhagan, Wahl worked with Danish film director Carl T. Dreyer during the making of Dreyer's prize-winning film Ordet. He worked with Dreyer from 1954 to 1955. In 1957, Wahl returned to Denmark to take a position with the mystery writer Isak Dinesen, who was ill. Dinesen dictated her novel Last Tales and Wahl recorded it for her. After being abruptly fired by the famous Danish author, Wahl returned to America where he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to complete his Master's Degree in arts in 1958. In 1955 he was awarded the Avery Hopwood Prize in Fiction for his collected short stories. The next major milestone in his career was the 1964 publication of Pleasant Fieldmouse, by Harper & Row, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Wahl has published more than 100 books for children, and won various awards including the Bologna (Italy) Book Fair Young Critic's Prize in 1969, the Ohioana Book Award in 1970, the Parents Choice Award in 1987, the Redbook Award in 1987, the Christopher Medal in 1987, and the Coretta Scott King recognition in 1992. Several of Jan's books have been set to music, and How the Children Stopped the Wars was turned into an opera and has been performed many times. A few of his stories have been animated and another is expected to be adapted as a feature film.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Lerner Publishing Group. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Weary of hostile dogs, dangerous highways, and a general lack of carrots, three bunnies blast off for Mars aboard a homemade rocket, hoping for a better life.

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Deciding that "life might be better" on Mars, the rabbits use a silo to build a rocket ship and blast off with the bunny named Greenleaf at the helm ("He was related to General Rabbit E.

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ForeWord Reviews

The cartoon bunnies appear in some scenes painted by Schamber, other scenes consisting mostly of photographed landscapes, and some painted scenes with photographed components, such as the can of noodle soup around which the bunnies hover before embarking on their space journey.

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