Post by Sarah Oarbeascoa MS, CCC-SLP
“Runaway Bunny”, by Margaret Wise Brown is another timeless classic. Runaway Bunny is a story of love between a mother bunny and her little bunny. When the little bunny tells his mother that he is running away, his mother tells him that no matter what he becomes, she will follow him. The mother and little rabbit change their identities a number of times, highlighting a number of locations. Enjoy sharing this story with your little one while expanding their language!
Language and speech elements that can be addressed are:
- Vocabulary (occupations, hobbies, animals)
- Answering WH questions
- Categories (animals, household items, toys, clothing, food)
- /B/: Bunny
Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.
- Look at the cover of the book together: Make a guess about what the book might be about. This is a great activity to practice predicting. Also when looking at the cover, discuss the title, author, and illustrator, and what those terms means.
- Talk about the items you see on the cover.
- As you go through the book, ask WH questions about each page. For example: Who is going to run away? Where is the bunny going to swim? What does the bunny want to join?
- When reading, play “I Spy”. For example: “I spy a soft furry animal”, “I spy an animal that likes to swim”, “I spy a place where flowers grow”, and “I spy a hard object that sits on the ground”
- Point out the references made to Goodnight Moon, such as the painting of the ‘cow jumping over the moon’ and the bunny fishing in the stream.
- Discuss the circus. What jobs could you have at the circus? What might you see? How would it sound? Pretend to tight rope walk by laying out a jump rope on the floor.
- Discuss the garden. What types of things grow in a garden? What might you see in a garden?
- Ask your child what they would like to be if they could be anything? Encourage them to use their imagination. Would they be a tree? A bird? Why?
- Target associations by playing the “I will” game. Have your child say what they will change into, then name what will go with it. For example, your child says “I will be a book”. You respond with “then I will be a librarian”. If your child says “I will be a tooth”, then you respond with “I will be a toothbrush.”
- Practice sequencing and retell by discussing the order of events.
- Discuss occupations from the book. Also point out /-er/ endings, such as ‘fisherman’, ‘climber’, and ‘gardener’.
- Talk about the emotions in the book. What would make the bunny want to run away? How did his mother feel about that? How did they feel at the end of the book?
- Have your child draw a picture of their family. Include extended family. Encourage them to describe their family members and why they love them.
It is so wonderful how we can continue to love and learn from this timeless classic!! ~ Sarah