The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
Posted on 11/05/2020
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld book cover

"Kids will love this simple yet powerful story of feelings."

Janessa Fooshee, librarian, Battle Academy


The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Battle Academy. When something sad happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn't feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that's not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to act, and one by one, they fail to offer comfort. Then the Rabbit arrives. All the Rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustration, The Rabbit Listened is about how to comfort and heal the people in your life by taking the time to carefully, lovingly, and gently listen.



Editorial Reviews


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"Wonderfully drawn, the Rabbit offers what Taylor — like all of us — needs: the comfort of someone who will just listen, laugh and give a hug." — New York Times


"Each of Doerrfeld's highly distilled and elegantly concise vignettes brims with emotional honesty and profound empathy. The result is a story that's wise, funny, and easy to take to heart."  — Publishers Weekly, starred review 


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 Hamilton Book of the Weekseeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023