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The Rabbit Problem – Children’s Book

In the 13th century, mathematician Fibonacci popularized what later became known as the Fibonacci sequence of numbers: each number is the sum of the previous two numbers, starting with 0 and 1. This sequence begins 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, and so on.

Fibonacci expounded on this concept with an example of rabbit reproduction.

Children’s author Emily Gravett used this premise for her humorous book called The Rabbit Problem. Set out like a wall calendar, each month gets hairier with the rabbits’ antics for surviving in their field and accommodating their growing family.

It’s cold in February so the rabbits knit an orange and cream striped hoody to keep warm.

There are lots of little extras in the book like a carrot cookbook, newspaper and most importantly a knitting pattern.

The instructions are hilarious with abbreviations such as: uw (untangle wool) and ht (have a cup of tea).

As the seasons progress it’s too hot to wear the sweater and it’s pressed into service to dress a scarecrow. Later still there are classified ads in Fibonacci’s Field’s local newspaper for a “bit used and wonky” jumper and knitting stuff for sale. If you spend the time to look at all the little details in the illustrations you’ll be rewarded.

(Pure angora wool) Orange & cream
Bit used and wonky
See Lonely R

Needles wool etc, barely used. Some wool is knotted. Good project.
Chalk R

Grab this book to see the other antics the rabbits get up to. There’s a hole in all the pages so you can hang it “calendar-style” on your wall and enjoy the illustrations year round.

Title: The Rabbit Problem
Author/ Illustrator: Emily Gravett (do check out her website; it’s delightful!)

2 thoughts on “The Rabbit Problem – Children’s Book”

  1. Thanks, Holli. That looks like a great book–I am definitely going to look for it. Has Devan read the Blue Balliett books (which also involve Fibonacci numbers)? Those are some of Jacob’s favourites.

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