The Rabbit Listened
by Cori Doerrfeld
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018
This is a book I wished I had written; it shares with kids and parents how listening goes a long ways in allowing another to be themselves. In our busy world where we quickly solve the problem and move on to the next, we forget to slow down and listen, allowing the person to resolve the situation in their own way.
The story opens with Taylor deciding to build something new and great with his blocks, and he does. But then birds fly by and crash down his magnificent structure. Taylor is sad. First chicken comes by and consoles Taylor, suggesting he needs to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t want to talk. Then bear comes by and suggests Taylor let out his anger, but Taylor doesn’t feel like shouting. Other animals come by suggesting other things be done, but Taylor didn’t want to do their suggestions and remained alone when they all left. Until a rabbit showed up. A rabbit who listened to Taylor, instead of telling Taylor what he should do. And indeed, once someone listened and Taylor felt heard, he ran through, on his own, many of the things suggested. Someone needed to listen.
The simple artwork showing Taylor, each animal, and his blocks emphasize the emotions Taylor feels.