Official Review: The Invisible Blue Rabbits

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Official Review: The Invisible Blue Rabbits

Post by KristyKhem » 18 May 2018, 14:15

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Invisible Blue Rabbits" by Kathy Lindsey.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Invisible Blue Rabbits is an illustrated children’s storybook written by Kathy Lindsey. Every year, one blue rabbit is chosen to become the Easter Bunny. To celebrate Jesus’ ascension into heaven on the day of Easter, the Easter Bunny must deliver candy-filled baskets to all of the children in the community. A young, blue rabbit named Donald is chosen for this special task, but he adamantly refuses because he lacks the courage to do the job. Although his father and sisters are very disappointed with his decision, Donald is much too afraid of coyotes, storms, and eagles to become the Easter Bunny. Not wanting to hurt his father, he turns to God in prayer and after a little heart-to-heart with his dad, Donald changes his mind.

I absolutely loved this short story. It contained several lessons that will be applicable to children, for example, overcoming bullying, overcoming fears, asking God for help and, maintaining self-confidence. Children will also learn about Easter in a friendly way, but without any concepts that might be disturbing such as the violent crucifixion of Christ. I truly appreciated this. The author also incorporated a few biological facts about rabbits in her story. For instance, she stated that female rabbits can have several litters in a year and these young rabbits are called kittens. Since rabbits are a common family pet, children will surely be delighted to learn more about these animals. Furthermore, the story leaves many unanswered questions to a child’s imagination. For instance, how did Donald’s brother die? Could this be the reason why Donald is scared of so many things?

Another thing which I admired about this story is that it included a positive view of traditional gender roles. In the story, only male rabbits can become the Easter Bunny. However, Donald’s father told him that in the future, girls will also be chosen for this position because the world is changing and they must change with it. I think that this small tidbit of progressiveness can positively shape a child’s perception of gender roles and equality.

The fonts used in the book are quite large. The language used is also appropriate and simple. Additionally, a range of emotions is expressed by the characters such as disappointment, sadness, fear, and happiness. Children will have no trouble reading and comprehending this interesting story by themselves.

The only thing that required more effort in this book is the illustrations. In my opinion, they could have been bigger. Brighter colors could have also been used since this will appeal more to children. I also noticed one thing that did not make sense. In the story, blue rabbits are invisible, but Donald’s mother advised him to hide from hunters if he heard loud noises. However, I do not think children will notice the impossibility of hunting invisible prey. This book seemed to be professionally edited and I only spotted one error.

Despite my few concerns about The Invisible Blue Rabbits, I will rate it 4 out of 4 stars because it is educational, interesting and it activates the imagination. I would recommend it to children aged seven and over. This is also an excellent book to be read aloud to a Sunday-school class because it facilitates Christian learning.

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Post by gen_g » 20 May 2018, 22:58

I loved your detailed review! It is so very heartwarming when I saw that the book included a progressive view of gender roles - we really do need to start educating our school-goers about gender equality. Not only is this book fun and interesting for children, it also packs many meaningful lessons. I'm sure once the illustrations are edited, it would be a great book. It actually reminds me of a book that I have reviewed, titled Stone Circle, a magical realism YA story with progressive gender roles as well as lots of adventure.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 20 May 2018, 23:33

I love the fact that Donald expresses all the characteristics of a human child. I especially like how he was so sensitive to his father's feelings and turn to God for a solution to this problem.

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Post by sanjus » 21 May 2018, 11:08

very nice review which opens eyes about the charm contained in this book especially a rabbit which is named as Donald that just behaves as kid with all the feelings of child
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Post by teacherjh » 21 May 2018, 12:32

This is such a cute way to combine the spiritual and secular celebrations of Easter.

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Post by Plfern » 21 May 2018, 12:45

KristyKhem, you have such a smooth-talking way of writing a review. This book, The Invisible Blue Rabbits by Kathy Lindsey, is one I would love for my grandchildren to read. There is much going on in this story, and your review has expressed the beauty of this children's book. It is too bad that the illustrations aren't larger and more colorful. The illustrations in themselves often tell the story for the very young child who doesn't read yet.

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Post by KristyKhem » 21 May 2018, 15:18

teacherjh wrote: ↑
21 May 2018, 12:32
This is such a cute way to combine the spiritual and secular celebrations of Easter.
I totally agree! I haven't seen much children's storybooks about Easter, so this was excellent.

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Post by KristyKhem » 21 May 2018, 15:30

gen_g wrote: ↑
20 May 2018, 22:58
I loved your detailed review! It is so very heartwarming when I saw that the book included a progressive view of gender roles - we really do need to start educating our school-goers about gender equality. Not only is this book fun and interesting for children, it also packs many meaningful lessons. I'm sure once the illustrations are edited, it would be a great book. It actually reminds me of a book that I have reviewed, titled Stone Circle, a magical realism YA story with progressive gender roles as well as lots of adventure.
Thanks! I love children's books with lots of little lessons like this one. Fun and educational!

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Post by Miriam Molina » 21 May 2018, 22:27

This seems to be a fun read for children and a good introduction to the concept of gender equality. However, I am not so keen on the use of "Donald" as the main character's name since I always remember "Donald" as a "Duck" (and Walt Disney is to blame!) or as the clown Ronald (of the golden arches).

Thanks, KristyKhem, for a heartwarming review.

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Post by bookowlie » 22 May 2018, 11:04

I enjoyed reading your well-written, thorough review! You made a very good point about wanting bigger and more colorful pictures. It's nice to see a children's book that explains the meaning of Easter without anything too disturbing. I like kids' books that are both educational and entertaining, so this one sounds like a winner!
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Post by charmaineperit » 22 May 2018, 20:20

I have a niece and I would want to read this to her because of the good life lessons this book teaches especially the reliance on God and overcoming fears.

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Post by KristyKhem » 23 May 2018, 09:57

Miriam Molina wrote: ↑
21 May 2018, 22:27
This seems to be a fun read for children and a good introduction to the concept of gender equality. However, I am not so keen on the use of "Donald" as the main character's name since I always remember "Donald" as a "Duck" (and Walt Disney is to blame!) or as the clown Ronald (of the golden arches).

Thanks, KristyKhem, for a heartwarming review.

P.S. I wish to visit Trinidad and Tobago someday.
Hi Miriam, I also associate Donald with a Duck because of Walt Disney cartoons! Tobago is the better of the two islands - very touristy and lots of incredible beaches :)

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Post by KristyKhem » 23 May 2018, 09:59

Plfern wrote: ↑
21 May 2018, 12:45
KristyKhem, you have such a smooth-talking way of writing a review. This book, The Invisible Blue Rabbits by Kathy Lindsey, is one I would love for my grandchildren to read. There is much going on in this story, and your review has expressed the beauty of this children's book. It is too bad that the illustrations aren't larger and more colorful. The illustrations in themselves often tell the story for the very young child who doesn't read yet.
Thanks :D I'm sure your grandkids will love this book, it is such a nice story. Its true - the pictures are what makes a book interesting for the little ones who can't read yet.

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Post by KristyKhem » 23 May 2018, 10:08

charmaineperit wrote: ↑
22 May 2018, 20:20
I have a niece and I would want to read this to her because of the good life lessons this book teaches especially the reliance on God and overcoming fears.
I am sure she will enjoy this story :)

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Post by stacie k » 23 May 2018, 17:50

crediblereading2 wrote: ↑
20 May 2018, 23:33
I love the fact that Donald expresses all the characteristics of a human child. I especially like how he was so sensitive to his father's feelings and turn to God for a solution to this problem.
I agree! You did a wonderful job with this review, highlighting both strengths and areas for improvement. Thanks for sharing!
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