The Runaway Bunny

Title: The Runaway Bunny

Author: Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrator: Clement Hurd

Age: preschool, early elementary, elementary

Description: A little bunny decides that he wants to run away from his mother. However, she won’t allow it, and finds a way to always follow him wherever his imagination takes him.


  • why questions
  • inferencing/prediction
  • descriptive language
  • “if, then” sentence structures, causals
  • early narrative- retell

Why I like this book: Most children can relate to strong message of love and commitment of the mother bunny.

Ideas for use:

  • A great story to model “why”/”because”: Why does the mother follow the bunny? Why did she want to be a fisherman? Why did she want to be a mountain climber? etc.
  • Have children make guesses as to what the mom would become when the little bunny decides to find a way to get away (i.e. he says he’ll be sailboat and sail away- what could mom become (wind)?; He says he’ll join a circus and fly away on a trapeze- what could she be to catch him?(tight rope walker))
  • Read the story to the child, without showing the colorful picture scene. See if they can visualize ( (great to pair with the Visualizing and Verbalizing program)- What do they envision? Have them draw what they picture. For example, the circus- Help them develop the scene: what would they see (clowns, crowds), hear (lions roar), smell (popcorn), etc.
  • The story models “if, then” syntax throughout the story. During retell could also model causals (i.e. the mommy said she’d become a mountain climber beacuse the bunny wants to be a mountain)
  • Use the pictures, and have students “retell” the story. Encourage temporal markers (first, next, then after that). Can make boardmaker pictures to go along, and have students sequence and then re-tell.
  • Have students add to the story to address narrative generation, as well as sentence structure practice. What else could the bunny do to “get away”, and what would be mommy do? (i.e. If you run after me, I will become a horse, and ride away…..the mommy would become a cowboy, and ride the horse back to the stable.) They can illustrate the story

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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