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[George the Puppet] Good day everyone. I’m back again, it’s George, your favorite puppet friend. This time, Fun4theDisabled presents “The Rabbit Listened”, written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld, our newest book in the Children’s Books That Heal series. This book is about Taylor, a young child who looks for help from his animal friends when something sad happens to him. Now, I would like to hand things over to Vanessa to introduce our reader for today’s boo

-[Vanessa] Thank you, George! Today, I am excited to tell everyone about this story. Actress Donna Russo will be reading “The Rabbit Listened” for us. This story teaches us how to console and heal the people in our lives by taking the time to carefully, lovingly, and gently listening to them. So without further ado, let’s have a listen!

-[Donna] One day, Taylor decided to build something. Something new. Something special. Something amazing. Taylor was so proud. But then, out of nowhere… things came crashing down. The chicken was the first to notice. “Cluck, cluck, cluck! What a shame! I’m sorry, sorry, sorry this happened! Let’s talk, talk, talk about it! Cluck, cluck!” But Taylor didn’t feel like talking. So the chicken left.

Next came the bear. [Bear growling] “Horrible! I bet you feel so angry! Let’s shout about it!” [Growling] But Taylor didn’t feel like shouting. So the bear left.

The elephant knew just what to do. [Elephant trumpeting] “I can fix this! We just need to remember exactly the way things were.” But Taylor didn’t feel like remembering. So the elephant also left. One by one, they came.

The hyena: [Crazy laughter] “Let’s laugh about it!”

The ostrich: [Gulp] “Let’s hide and pretend nothing happened!”

The kangaroo: [Tutting] “What a mess. Let’s throw it all away!”

And the snake: [Hissing] “Let’sss go knock someone else’sss.”

But Taylor didn’t feel like doing anything with anybody. So eventually, they all left… until Taylor was alone. In the quiet,

Taylor didn’t even notice the rabbit. But it moved closer, and closer. Until Taylor could feel its warm body. Together they sat in silence until Taylor said, “Please stay with me.” The rabbit listened. The rabbit listened as Taylor talked. The rabbit listened as Taylor shouted. The rabbit listened as Taylor remembered… and laughed. The rabbit listened to Taylor’s plans to hide… to throw it all away… to ruin things for someone else. Through it all, the rabbit never left. And when the time was right, the rabbit listened to Taylor’s plans to build again. “I can’t wait,” Taylor said. “It’s going to be amazing.” Sometimes hugs say more than words.

Cori Doerrfeld, the author, has created many popular books for children, including “Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story”. She wrote this story after several of her friends were going through difficult times. She hopes it’s a reminder that what a person needs most sometimes is someone who will just listen.

-[Vanessa] Hello again, everyone! That was such a great story! Did you guys think so too? I’m glad the rabbit listened to Taylor instead of offering advice. Thank you actress Donna Russo for reading to us today. I hope you guys liked it as much as I did.

Sometimes when our friends or the family are sad, we can help them just by listening to them. Have you guys ever felt upset or sad, and just wanted someone to listen to you? This is why it is good to know how to help our friends and family.

Once again, we appreciate actress Donna Russo for reading us this wonderful story. This video was co-produced by Peggy Lane of Catholic Guilt Productions, and the executive producer was Vanessa A. Harris, P.E. If you would like to see more videos like this one, please subscribe to our newsletter and check out more of our Fun4theDisabled presents: Children’s Books That Heal series. Take it away, George! Bye bye!

-[George the Puppet] Thank you for watching “The Rabbit Listened”, written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. Whenever you experience heartbreak, it may feel like there’s no escape. But empathy and kindness can soothe that ache.

Sometimes listening is all it really takes. So make sure to listen to your family and friends ’cause that’s what you call “time well spent”. Listen to their problems and let them reflect ’cause it’s all a part of the healing effect. Yes, we are all sisters and brothers, and we must show empathy and kindness for others. Aw yes. [Plucky orchestra strings]

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