Books by Rafe Martin

Illustrated by Ed Young
G.P. Putnam
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Rafe’s retelling of a well-known jataka tale which illustrates how jumping to conclusions can lead to trouble. It is the story of how a little rabbit misinterprets a loud crash, and how a brave lion’s common sense restores order to chaos. It is, essentially, a story about fears and rumors, and ultimately of courage. A funny, rhythmic beautiful picture book about courage and facing fears—with a very happy ending.

“This Jataka tale from India, a forerunner of Chicken Little and Henny-Penny, tells the story of a little rabbit who has fears about the end of the world. . . . Young’s illustrations for this ancient story are quite glorious. . . . The artist blends magnificent, rich colorings that form shapes and shadows giving his artwork a highly original look. An excellent presentation that is especially well-suited for story hour.”
                                               —Booklist Starred Review

“ . . . characters that seem to be sculpted in color.”
                       —Horn Book Starred Review

“. . . one of the great all-time series of double-page spreads. A gem for reading aloud.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Starred Review