I received a copy of The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I've grown up with classics such as Watership Down and Bambi and have held a fondness for tales such as this ever since.
Does this book stand well against these greats? Read on and find out what I thought of Elaine Dimopoulos' The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow.
Elaine Diopoulos has written four children’s novels. The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow is her latest book, and the sequel, Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow, will be released soon. These books are illustrated by Caldecott Medalist, Doug Salati.
Elaine has also written, Turn the Tide and Material Girls. Turn the Ride was awarded the Cadmus Children’s Fiction Green Earth Book Award.
Elaine has taught for over 20 years, most recently in children’s literature and writing courses at Simmons, Boston University. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.
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 family’s stories: 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 heart-warming story about friendship, community, and doing what is right.
This is a lovely story, following an adorable rabbit called Butternut, her family and friends, Piper the Robin, and Winsome the Fawn. Before the story of the rescue begins, the reader is shown the life of the rabbit colony, which Butternut shares with her mother, grandmother and brothers and sisters. We’re shown how she meets Piper, the Robin – who is a wonderful character, always looking for the good in others. This provides the basis and groundwork for the next half of the book, which is when the main rescue in the meadow takes place. I really enjoyed this story and loved the characters. It holds an element of the magic told through other classics such as Watership Down and The Wind in the Willows.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
NEXT REVIEW on 22nd May:
Haylyn Benton’s Samantha Plankgunn: The Journey Ahead.
Here’s a taster ahead of my full review:
Samantha Plankgunn: The Journey Ahead follows Samantha, who’s been cursed since August 16th, 1717. Sampson, her father's blue and gold macaw, and Samantha were the only survivors after her father's ship, and all of his crew sank 150 years ago, leaving Samantha an orphan. Since that time, Samantha has been on a mission to find the Hope Diamond and reunite it with the Hope Ruby in order to lift their curse of immortality. She and her new crew embark on a global trip with countless detours and danger lurking around every corner after making friends with the illustrious aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred.
I’m really looking forward to reading this! 😊🏴☠️
Until then, stay safe and happy reading!