Way of the Rabbit, The
An affectionate history of nature’s most surprising species.
An Affectionate History of Nature’s Most Surprising Species.
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The Way of the Rabbit is an extraordinary, educational book about this ubiquitous mammal that is a popular pet, a recurring figure in mythology and folklore, and an important component of ecosystems. Written to be thoroughly accessible to lay readers and scholars alike, The Way of the Rabbit examines rabbits in literature, art, and popular culture as well as rabbit biology and the history of rabbits as pets. (The Way of the Rabbit is not intended to be a pet owner's care manual, though it does warn prospective rabbit adopters that domestic rabbits deserve better than to be cooped up in small hutches, and can live up to ten years.) The Way of the Rabbit is a fascinating browse for anyone intrigued by this resilient animal, and highly recommended for both personal and public library collections. http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/sep_21.htm#petswildlife ~ Mark Hawthorne, Mid West Book Review
Rabbits are everywhere and nowhere, often glimpsed but seldom seen for what and who they are. In The Way of the Rabbit, Mark Hawthorne gracefully helps us see our small-bodied, big-eared co-voyagers in a new light. If you love rabbits, he will deepen your understanding. If you don’t love rabbits—you soon will. ~ Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace
I was delighted from the first page to the last. From Easter Bunny origin stories to the presence of lagomorphs in literature and the arts, rabbits in popular culture come alive through Mark Hawthorne’s gentle and funny prose—and even better, so does the sweetness and intelligence of real rabbits. Rabbits in nature, rabbits in the house, they're all here and exceptionally good company. ~ Barbara J. King, author of Animals' Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild
What a lovely tribute to our furry rabbit friends! Hawthorne’s admiration shines through in this thorough telling of the story of Leporidae. It’s an enlightening and enchanting account of an animal most of us love but, it turns out, barely know. ~ Jennifer S. Holland, author of the Unlikely Friendships series
The Way of the Rabbit is an insightful book that describes who rabbits are and how they have been part of our world for millennia, appearing in various forms of human art and cultural expression. This well-researched volume engenders a deeper appreciation for these gentle creatures and encourages us to treat them with kindness and respect. ~ Gene Baur, author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food
Mark Hawthorne’s latest book, The Way of the Rabbit, delves deep into the place of rabbits in society and culture. As rabbits have, over the past few decades, gained new status as companion animals and animals deserving of respect and compassion, the scholarship on rabbits is maturing as well. The Way of the Rabbit brings new light to the complex narratives that we tell about these animals, and about ourselves as well. The Way of the Rabbit is for people who care about rabbits, but also for people who care about animals and our relationships with them. ~ Margo DeMello, coauthor of Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature
This very informative and in-depth book about rabbits has some excellent and entertaining chapters on the rabbit in art, literature, myth, and popular culture, which I particularly enjoyed. ~ Libby Joy, The Beatrix Potter Society
Mark Hawthorne shows that each and every individual rabbit is a sentient, feeling being with a unique personality, and every single one deserves to be treated with respect, compassion, and empathy. This wide-ranging book is sure to be a game-changer. ~ Marc Bekoff, PhD, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age and Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do