“Pat the Bunny” has been in print for over 60 years. See info here. I have vivid memories of my mom reading it to me when I was a child. The “Pat the Bunny” tradition has continued as my brother and sister in-law gave me a copy for my 30th birthday present. The card attached read something like “For you to share with Ari.”
What’s funny is that my friend Josina and I were recently discussing this classic book. When her son, Nelson, was born she was bombarded with multiple copies of “Goodnight Moon.” But no one bothered to throw in a “Pat the Bunny.” I commiserated with her lack of “Pat the Bunny-dom.” Until my brother and sister in-law filled the void.
Before receiving my own copy of “Pat the Bunny,” I tried to request it at the library; but received a curious response. The children’s librarian informed me that because “Pat the Bunny” is a touch and feel book with multiple textures, it is a liability. Apparently children could injure the book and it could potentially injure them if they were allergic to the particular textures in it. I found this all very bizarre.
Thankfully, I have my very own copy now. And my son loves it. See for yourself:
Here is a link to purchase the original Pat The Bunny book on Amazon.com: