Friday | January 21, 2022
A rousing "thank you!" to all who gave during our 2021 end-of-year campaign. We far surpassed our previous years and raised over $107,000 in operating funds - a Rabbit hOle record! We are humbled and exhilarated by this outpouring of support, and look forward to a prolific and high velocity year in 2022. We've already started some really exciting work, read on for more...

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My Father's Dragon, written by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by her stepmother Ruth Chrisman Gannett, is a beloved classic and well-loved tale of Elmer Elevator, who travels to the island of Tangerina to rescue a baby dragon, indentured by the other island residents as a means of traveling across the river. Elmer must outsmart a series of animal guardians on the way to rescuing the's a good thing he packed chewing gum, two dozen pink lollipops, a package of rubber bands, a compass, a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste, six magnifying glasses, a very sharp jackknife, a comb and a hairbrush, seven hair ribbons of different colors, an empty grain bag with a label saying "Cranberry," some clean clothes, twenty five peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and six apples. My Father's Dragon is a a chapter book with an engaging story that helps young readers take the leap to lengthier storytelling.
Scribe puts the finishing touches on a ceiling fit for a baby dragon
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In 2021 we saw many milestones, not the least of which included the completion of our 15,000 s/f Fab Shop expansion. After a year of steady efforts that included significant demolition, wall building, concrete work, sprinkler work, electrical and plumbing upgrades, equipment acquisition and installation, storage upgrades, and much more, we received our official blessing from the city in December. All of this we completed while we continued to build exhibits throughout the year, which makes it extra special!
new year, newly completed fab shop expansion
Our new foam shop was put to immediate use to sculpt our forthcoming exhibits
In 2021, we also saw the resumption of significant capital funding from a variety of sources. Capital funding had all but ceased during the first year of the pandemic so we had to pause our final phase of building renovations for the museum. We’re happy to report that building renovations are set to begin again in February. This, together with our rapidly expanding exhibit agenda and growing fabrication team, puts us back on course for a 2023 opening! Yay.
Plans for the next construction package include first floor lighting and walls
No, we are not building a Death Star, we promise
Book Pairing - A reflection on My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett, with multiple book pairings! Pairings and reflection by Deb, Co-Founder and resident book worm
I love My Fathers Dragon. I love reading it out loud, reading it to myself, recommending it to others, buying it as a gift. I love the clever text, the beautiful illustrations, the range of emotion and behaviors it captures and presents to readers giving them opportunities to consider and discuss, as well as the particular list of items Elmer Elevator is told to bring on his journey. You get the idea. I love My Fathers Dragon!
One of the things I miss most from bookselling days is sharing some of my favorite books. I have always considered My Fathers Dragon one of the most perfect choices for a first entry to chapter books. It sets the stage for a new chapter book reader to hunt for other magical, adventurous, thoughtful, intelligent books. Books that make you think about yourself and your world and all the people and opportunities that are for you to discover.
When choosing those books, thought should be taken not only as to reading level, but age of character, experience and opportunity to expand their thinking while developing understanding and empathy. Beauty and magic.
I fall into the category of people who believe kids should have an opportunity to saturate themselves with books at different cognitive levels. Books that can help a child navigate the things that are important to them. Things that matter.
Even avid readers have only a sliver of time and opportunity to read all the great books perfect for them at a particular age or place in their lives. Nothing is more comforting than finding a book you want to read over and over again throughout your life.
What is this book pairing about anyway?!
An opportunity to pair some books with you.
Here is a (partial) list of some of my very favorite books for kids age 4-10. A broad age range, yes, but these are books that could be listened to or read three or four times between those ages. That is a great test for a book.
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, illus. by Louis Slobodkina
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
Wolf Story by William McCleery
The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant by Michelle Cuevas
Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon Tellegen
Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed
Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger
Lotta on Troublemaker Street by Astrid Lindgren
The Big Wave by Pearl Buck
Song of the Trees by Mildred Taylor

Our store is full of curiosities to discover! Start the year in style with some Rabbit hOle swag for you or your loved ones.
Watch This!
Curious how long it takes to paint a wild boar? It took Scribe exactly one minute and thirty three seconds! He is good.
Social Circle
New year, new exhibits! Check out The Rabbit hOle's social media for progress updates on exhibits for the future Explor-a-Storium.
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