Book Review: The Rabbit Listened

By Kayla Rochelle February 7, 2024

Recommended for ages 3-5 years

Before I photograph each book I review, I spend a bit of time deciding on the feeling the book gives and how I can best convey that with the colors I choose and the details I add to the backdrop. I didn’t have to think long about ‘The Rabbit Listened’, written by Cori Doerrfeld, because I knew right away that this book needed nothing. In fact, for me, that was the big lesson learned, less is more. In this sweet book, the main character Taylor (who remains genderless in this book) becomes frustrated after his blocks fall down. A host of animal characters come to employ different attempts to shake Taylor out of their frustration but all attempts fail. At last, the rabbit comes along and just listens, and listening is exactly what Taylor needs. So often as a parent I find myself rushing to talk my daughter through her emotions, offer her helpful words, and provide her with what I think is advice. What she probably needs a bit more of though, is my ears. Sometimes that’s exactly what I need when I’m feeling a rush of emotions, but silent support is the hardest thing to ask for. I would love to call this a parent’s book disguised as a children’s book, but actually, this is a human book not in any disguise at all. 

Kayla is a wife, mother and beach-loving book reader. She's a family photographer over at Kayla Rochelle Photography, and organizer of the Facebook group, Little One’s Literary Review. Her love of good books started as a child and only grew with the birth of her own daughters. Kayla's got an undying love of children's books with gorgeous illustrations and moral lessons. 

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