Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit
The second book in the Cooper The Dog series, Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit follows Cooper, a friendly and loving rescue dog, as he makes friends with an unlikely companion. One day, Cooper’s uncle takes him outside without a leash. Cooper sees a bunny and immediately bounds after him despite Uncle Stephen’s warning. Cooper just wants to make a friend! As he chases the bunny, he finds himself running through the town, the playground, and finally into a heap of giggles with a group of kids and the bunny. It turns out that Jack the Rabbit, like Cooper, had nowhere to stay. Cooper brings Jack back to his home and Jack is accepted by Cooper’s whole family.
This book is simply delightful from cover to cover. The story explains to its young readers the importance of accepting everyone as they are. It also teaches its readers that friends can be found in the most unexpected places and that they don’t need to be exactly like us to be a friend. If we all just accepted others for who they are, we could all have a lot of fun and end up learning many new things.
The prose the book is written in is very sing-songy because of the simple rhyming pattern. I can imagine children of all ages laughing and giggling as they follow Cooper and his friends and siblings around in this book.
The illustrations in the book are fantastic. The colors are soft and soothing and the expressions of the characters are all very well depicted. Just looking at Cooper’s and Jack’s faces having fun golfing and sailing is enough to put a grin on any sullen face. It’s hard not to imagine wrestling and cuddling with Cooper because he is so big and fluffy. I could see children asking their parents for a dog after reading this book. Who wouldn’t want a dog like Cooper?
Michelle Lander Feinberg’s writing and Anna Mosca’s illustrations are perfectly paired together. The characters are really brought to life through the words and pictures. This is a series that I hope will have many more books to come. Both books so far have taught children valuable life lessons. Full of love and happiness, Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit is a book that young children will want to read over and over again. It’s a wonderful addition to any children’s library that is sure to become a favorite.
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