We have a resident cottontail, just a baby, living in our front yard. The kids and the dogs have been watching the little rabbit through the window for a few weeks.
The cottontail comes right up to the front window to nibble on flowers. My kids are always checking to see if Whitetail is around throughout the day. They call him our pet. This is the kind of pet I like, considering we have many high maintenance pets already!
Beatrix Potter wrote the story of Peter Rabbit as a letter to a four year old boy Noel Moore in 1893. Like Whitetail, Peter goes into a garden to help himself to a snack. He gets himself into big trouble. My kids have been enjoying the story since we have our own little mischievous bunny in the yard. The story is timeless, and is just as appealing to children today. Go here
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends, they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot
Regardless of other activities, the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer!