The Rabbits by John Marsden

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A rich and haunting allegory of colonization for all ages and cultures, told from the viewpoint of native animals. This stunning picture book examines the consequences of the arrival of a group of rabbits with entirely unfamiliar ways. They bring new food and animals, and they make their own houses to live in, eventually dominating the environment and its other inhabitants. The parallels with our own experience are many: "They chopped down our trees and scared away our friends and stole our children..."

About John Marsden

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John Marsden (born in 1950) lives on an 850-acre property just outside Melbourne, Australia, where he runs writing camps and writing courses. He tours the world giving talks and holding workshops. He's now published thirty books, and his world-wide sales total 2 1/2 million. Award-winning artist and author Shaun Tan has achieved international recognition for his work, including the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award for this book, an Honor Book Award for Memorial (with G. Crew) and The Lost Thing, an APA Design Award, an Honorable Mention at the Bologna Book Fair, three Aurealis Awards, and Spectrum Gold and Silver Awards. In 2001 he was named best artist at the World Fantasy Awards in Montreal. A graduate of the University of Washington in 1995, with honors in fine arts and English literature, he lives in Perth, Australia.
Published January 1, 2000 by Lothian Pub Co. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this terse, allegorical import, the arrival of technologically proficient “Rabbits” to a new land leads to warfare with indigenous residents, teeming cities, and devastation of the natural environment.

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In this sobering allegory of colonization, Napoleonic white rabbits subjugate a population of gentle brown marsupials. The lemur-like narrators live humbly in an arid region ("At first we didn&

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YA writer Marsden (Tomorrow When the War Began ) and illustrator Tan (The Red Tree ), who live in Australia, describe a situation that readers on many continents can recognize (though, with the natives' pronouncement, "They stole our children," they make specific reference to their own continent'...

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