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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Shadow and Friends Meet Mr. Rabbit is a whimsical fantasy of a dog, squirrels, and a rabbit becoming friends and playing. After decorating Easter eggs and doing an egg hunt, Mr. Rabbit explains the importance of Easter to Christians in easy to understand terms for children. How do eggs relate to Jesus dying on the cross? Children and their parents will love the explanations and images. Authors S. Jackson, A. Raymond, and M. Schmidt are able to take a massive, difficult subject and explain it so children can grasp. Teachers will benefit from the explanations as they read the book with children at church, school, or home. Mr. Rabbit becomes their friend and teacher and helps them to unravel the mysteries surrounding Easter eggs and Christian beliefs.
The mixed-media images help to convey the story of friendship, playing, helping, and understanding the meaning of Easter and why it’s celebrated annually. The mix of photographs and illustrations adds lovely visuals to help draw children into the book and keep them interested. Shadow and Friends Meet Mr. Rabbit is an imaginative story of three different kinds of animals: a dog, squirrels, and Mr. Rabbit playing together. Authors S. Jackson, A. Raymond, and M. Schmidt take us on a delightful journey through the woods, Easter, and Christian beliefs. They manage to weave together the story of Easter in a fun way that teachers, parents, and children will enjoy. I think all public, school, and home libraries would benefit from this whimsical journey through the meaning of Easter.