In the spirit of the holiday season, I wanted to share Rabbit’s Gift written by George Shannon, which honors the selfless act of giving and generosity.
Winter is coming. As Rabbit searches for food, he finds two turnips. One is enough for him and he wonders if Donkey found food.
Rabbit leaves the turnip by Donkey’s door. Donkey has enough food so he leaves the turnip by Goat’s door. Goat has enough food. He leaves the turnip by Deer’s door. Deer leaves it by Rabbit’s door, who shares with all his friends.
TITLE: Rabbit’s Gift: A Fable from China
AUTHOR: George Shannon
ILLUSTRATOR: Laura Dronzer
PUBLISHER: Harcourt, Inc., 2007
AGE GROUP: 4-8
1) What can you share with others? Brainstorm ways you can share. Remember sharing doesn’t have to be a thing, it could be spending time with others, a smile, etc.
2) From time to time, animals, people, and the Earth need help from others. Who would you help? Make a list of things that you could do to help them.
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