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The Forgotten Rabbit © The Gryphon Press

by Nancy Furstinger
illustrations by Nancy Lane

ISBN: 978-0-940719-19-4
$16.95 trade cloth

ISBN: 978-0-940719-20-0
$16.95 ebook

March 2014

24 pages
color illustrations throughout
For ages 5 and up

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A baby rabbit, purchased as an impulsive Easter gift, is soon forgotten by the family’s children as they pursue other activities. As she grows up, her cage is moved outside, and she is rarely tended. Then, one night a girl called Rosalita takes her out of her cage, telling her that she has a new home, one in which she will never again be forgotten. Enjoying love, care, and a new name—Bella—she takes to the fun of agility lessons. Bella wins first prize in a rabbit agility contest—jumping with joy into the always-loving arms of Rosalita.

Rabbits are the third most popular house pet, with more than six million rabbits in the United States. Written so that children five and up can immediately grasp the story, this children’s picture book offers an insight into the frequent fate of rabbits purchased on impulse, as well as the proper care of a rabbit as a companion animal. The 24 pages of color illustrations depict Bella’s journey with beautiful detail. The story is suspenseful, and, in the end, joyful. The language is active with evocative descriptions. The final page of the book offers information for parents and other adults and lists online resources.

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“A true success story. I just loved it. The Forgotten Rabbit will not be forgotten!”
 — Amy Sedaris, proud rabbit rescue
owner for over 20 years
The Forgotten Rabbit is a must read for all children, the story of a rabbit who was purchased as an ‘impulse pet’ and later forgotten and neglected until she was rescued by someone who gave her a forever home and showed her the meaning of love. The lesson couldn't be more important, and the story couldn't be sweeter.”
—Margo DeMello, President, House Rabbit Society


Nancy Furstinger is the author of nearly 100 books, including the Gryphon title Maggie’s Second Chance. Nancy has been a feature writer for a daily newspaper, a managing editor of trade and consumer magazines, and an editor at two children’s book publishing houses. She shares her home with rescued dogs and house rabbits (including Marshmallow—the model for the forgotten rabbit) and volunteers and fosters pets for several animal organizations.

Nancy Lane has integrated her passions for animals, children, drawing, and reading into a career as an award-winning picture book illustrator. She has illustrated 27 books, including the Gryphon titles A Home for Dakota, Call the Horse Lucky, and KoKoCat, Inside and Out. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Maryland Institute, College of Art. She lives with her writer-husband and two rescued German Shepherds in a log home nestled in the wooded hills of New York’s Finger Lakes region.

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