Rabbit Hill

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Rabbit Hill
Rabbit Hill.jpg
Book cover
Author Robert Lawson
Illustrator Robert Lawson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher The Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Hardcover, paperback
Pages 127 pp
Followed by The Tough Winter

Rabbit Hill is a children's novel by Robert Lawson that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1945.

Plot introduction[edit]

The story takes place in countryside by a crossroads in Westport, Connecticut. The animal inhabitants are suffering as the house nearby has been abandoned for several years and the untended garden, the animals' source of food, has withered to nothing. "New Folks" then move into the house: Are they hunters, or friendly gardeners who will provide for the animals?

Literary significance and criticism[edit]

The book was written at the end of World War II when racial integration and providing aid to the war torn countries of Europe were on everyone's minds. When reading the story with those in mind, the moral intent becomes clear. Printings of the book beginning in the 1970s and continuing today have edited the character Sulphronia, the new occupants' cook. This was done because she was originally depicted as an African American stereotype.[1]

Film and television[edit]

"Little Georgie of Rabbit Hill" was a 1967 television adaptation for NBC Children's Theatre.[2]


  1. ^ Peterson, Linda Kauffman; and Marilyn Leathers Solt. Newbery and Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, an Annotated Bibliography, G.K. Hall & Co., 1982.
  2. ^ "Little Georgie of Rabbit Hill" at IMDB
Preceded by
Johnny Tremain
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Strawberry Girl