Shadrach by Meindert Dejong


By Meindert DeJong
Level 5

This Newbery Honor book, written in 1953, is a humorous, warm story about a young boy from the Netherlands whose dearest wish is to be granted—he will have a rabbit, black if possible. Lessons are learned and an adventure ensues when the beloved rabbit gets lost. DeJong’s deliberately thoughtful and descriptive writing about a time before television and video games is endearing and interesting, offering a needed counterbalance to the fast action, edge-of-your-seat books many kids are used to. Readers will also learn about the culture of the Netherlands during that time period.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region Europe, Netherlands
Genre Historical Fiction
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • 3.5 Entertainment Value
  • 4 Moral Value
  • 3.5 Educational Value
  • 4 Literary Value
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