Wise's book, published in 1942, proves that "intensive parenting" isn't new -- and has long been associated with/mistaken for/justified as just plain love. The original bunny mom isn't depicted as a hovering harpie -- just a sweet mother assuring her bunny that she will always be there.
Nonetheless, there was always a bit of overbearingness (overbunnyness?) about the ends to which the mom would go when, clearly, her kid wanted a nibble of independence.
Did you ever feel a twinge of vexation reading the original? Just curious. Meantime, here's how the Hoey version begins:
Once there was an overprotected little bunny who wanted some space, so he said to his mother, “I am running away.”
“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you with a stainless steel container of organic strawberries, for you are my exceptional little bunny.”
“If you play with the kids in the trashy playground,” said his mother, “I will follow you around and offer to help you with anything that seems too tricky.”
“If you follow me around,” said the bunny, “I’ll run into the field and hide behind a tree.”
Here's what mom does next. Lots more fun. Hoppy reading! Tell us what you think!
Photo by Joshua Davis: jdavis.info.