Thursday, June 19, 2008

Here comes Peter Cottontail...

Cottontail Rabbit 
Eating Creosote bushes
Living in our yard

Kids call you Whitetail
Watch you play through the window
Hop, hopping along.

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!

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Mandie said...

oh my gosh we have so many rabbits around here. There's a park & field nearby and the field is just FILLED with clover.

Karen Coutu said...

Oh, how adorable and fun to watch they must be! I think it's so great that Peter Cottontail makes the whole experience even more enjoyable!!

Mom24 said...

My 7 year old is completely in love with 'The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter'. Such excellent work. Enjoy your bunny. There's something so cheerful about bunnies.

Anonymous said...

Bunnies are strip miners, easily converting gardens into bare brown earth overnight, thus filling your heart with indescribable joy.

OTOH, kitties & doggies are cheerful and cute and my kids love them dearly. The rabbits? Not so much.

Upside: I now have beautiful flowers, squash, & sweet peppers.