Tuesday, May 9, 2023

The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow by Elaine Dimopoulos

This timeless early middle-grade adventure about friendship and community will charm animal-loving fans of The Tale of Despereaux and Clarice the Brave. Illustrated by Caldecott winner Doug Salati.

Butternut lives in the burrows 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’ 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 other animals in crisis, Butternut must decide whether she can help, 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.

“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

Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Expected publication
May 16, 2023
 by Charlesbridge
3.5/5 stars

This was a cute story reminding me of Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. A family of rabbits learning and knowing the dangers of the outside world. Told from the pov of Butternut, he tells of his life. When he befriends of robin and then a wounded deer he sets in motion things that puts his family and others in danger.

This wasn’t a long story, 192 pages. There were a smattering of sketched illustrations (I would have loved to see more) and vivid descriptions . Geared for the middle grade reader it’s a story of friendship, adventure and family. There are lessons to be learned and some interesting nature facts to gleen.

My thanks to Charlesbridge for a digitial arc (via Netgalley) in exchange for a honest review.

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