“With the confidence of a maestro, Elaine Dimopoulos breathes vigor and beauty into a tale of a brave and thoughtful young rabbit . . . A chorus of woodland cheer for such a remarkable rescue."
—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Cress Watercress.
Butternut lives in the warrens of Milkweed Meadow with her nine rabbit brothers and sisters. Together, they practice strategies for survival and tell stories. With disastrous scenarios blooming in her mind, Butternut embraces the lesson of her families’ stories: stick to your own rabbit-kind. But after befriending an incorrigible robin and a wounded deer, Butternut begins to question what she has been taught.
When the three friends discover a litter of abandoned coyote pups, Butternut must decide whether she can help these pups, rally her friends and family, and be as brave as the heroes in the stories she tells. Beautiful and arresting black-and-white illustrations bring the animals to life in this heartwarming story about friendship, community, and doing what is right.
★ “Witty, engaging, and heartfelt . . ."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “A marvelous reminder of the power in stories and the thrill in determining one’s own destiny."
—Booklist, starred review
★ “[An] intimately voiced, community-centered novel . . ."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Elaine Dimopoulos holds an MFA in Writing from the Simmons University Center for the Study of Children’s Literature where she is now faculty. Elaine has received the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Award and was named a St. Botolph Club Emerging Artist. She is the author of Material Girls and Turn the Tide. Elaine lives in Belmont, MA.
About the Illustrator:
Doug Salati is a Caldecott-winning illustrator of several books for children, including Pip and Zip and Lawrence in the Fall. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture book Hot Dog.
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