Half of the fun of taking a trip is in the dreaming and the planning. Grownups have computer folders and bulletin boards, and, of course, Pinterest to fuel their interests and collect their ideas. Children have their imagination and the stories we tell them. Their adventures have no limits!
In That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown written by Cressida Cowell and illustrated by Neal Layton, Emily Brown and her rabbit, Stanley, are always having adventures. They head into outer space to look for alien life forms, ride through the Sahara Desert on their motorbike, dive the Great Barrier Reef, and swing through the Amazon rain forest. Stanley is the perfect companion for anywhere Emily’s imagination might take her. He is so perfect, that Her Excellence, the Most Mighty Queen Gloriana the Third, wants him for her very own. She sends the footman, the army, the navy, and the air force, to interrupt Emily and Stanley’s adventures and offer to trade other toys for Stanley (who much to Emily’s disgust, she calls Bunnywunny). Of course Emily says no! Stanley is not for sale and Emily sends the footman, the army, the navy and the air force away and puts a big sign on her garden gate with a picture of Stanley to tell everyone (but especially the Queen) that he is not for sale. Not to be deterred, Queen Gloriana sends in the Queen’s special commandos on a stealth mission in the middle of the night to get Bunnywunny and for the first time in her life, Emily wakes up without Stanley! There is no way Emily is going to put up with that. She marches up the hill to the palace and knocks on the Queen’s front door, only to be welcomed with relief by the Queen?
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown is a great story about the love of a child for a favorite stuffed animal and the perfect vehicle to encourage your own child to have their own adventures and tell you of their dreams. We love talking about where we’re going next and getting the children involved in the planning. We look at pictures in magazines, talk about what they would like to see or do when we are there, and of course hear about places they would like to visit as well. Of course our boys do not have a final say in destination choices or activities, but they definitely have input!