The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow

Charlesbridge. May 2023. 192p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781623543334.
Gr 3-5–It’s a big, scary world for young Butternut the bunny, who lives with her family in the burrows of idyllic Milkweed Meadow. Under the cautios head of the family, Grandmother Sage, Butternut’s family lives a careful life isolated from other animals. Each night in the burrow, family members take turns sharing stories; Butternut’s are the best. So it’s a bitter pill for her when a brave excursion results in her mother and grandmother forbidding her to share the tale. But Butternut makes new stories and shares them with listeners outside of the rabbit family. She finds friends in the other meadow-dwellers and realizes she might be braver than she thought—maybe brave enough to pull off a remarkable rescue. This enchanting animal adventure is made up of a series of interconnected short stories. In a beautiful narrative voice, and brought to life by Salati’s charming black-and-white illustrations, Butternut describes her own storytelling process. Younger and still developing readers could find this one too challenging to be an independent read.
VERDICT Sure to hold appeal to the animal lovers, this would make an excellent read-aloud, especially if the audience is working on learning the elements of storytelling.

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