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The Rabbits

Author/Illustrator: John Marsden and Shaun Tan

Publisher: Lothian Books

Suitable: Year 6 to Year 12

The Rabbits is a rich and haunting allegory, which confronts readers with the impact of colonisation, told from the viewpoint of the colonized. An unseen narrator describes the coming of the 'rabbits' in the most minimal detail, an encounter that is at first friendly and furious, but later darkens when the visitors are actually invaders. 

This sophisticated and compelling book provides a wealth of ideas and discussion. It is an excellent example of how a picture book can challenge and engage maturing minds. 

Links to the Western Australian Curriculum:

English: Literature Strand: Responding to literature and Examining literature.  Literacy Strand: Interpreting, analysing, evaluating. Language Strand: Text structure and organisation and Expressing and developing ideas

Humanities and Social Sciences: History

The Arts: Visual Arts

Cross Curriculum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

General Capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking and Ethical understanding

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