The Rabbits


One of my favourite picture books not only because of its powerful message but because of its thoughtful and clever approach to the topic of European arrival. John Marsden cleverly uses the story of rabbits (considered a damaging pest in Australia) as a metaphor for European arrival to Australia. This makes it a simple story for younger children and older children can make comparisons with actual historic events. Highlights the  differences in language, culture, lifestyle and food of the Indigenous people and the new settlers.  Shows the clashes that arose as a result of differing values, respect and use of the land and the effects of such dramatic changes.


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