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The Runaway Peep

The first children’s book I ever had an emotional connection to was Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny, originally written in 1942. I read it in high school while working in an on-site day care and I bought the board book version for my mom that Christmas. She was puzzled by my gift but deep down inside I knew that this  was what motherhood was all about, kids pushing away from their parents and their parents never giving up on them. The book stayed on my mom’s nightstand for years before I had my first daughter and by the time she was six months old it was nightly reading for us. To this day I have the entire book memorized and whisper it to Vivi whenever I rock her at night. I still have the original board book I gave my mom 15 years ago and hope to one day read it to my grandbabies.

As far as retelling the story using Peeps? Well, that’s because I’m a dork. I love Peeps visually, but gastronomically I loathe them. I buy them every year knowing they will go to waste, so this year I decided to be a little more proactive with my 2013 Peep investment.

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  • The Runaway Peep 1 of 18
    The Runaway Peep
    Words by Margaret Wise Brown.
    Pictures by Casey Mullins (using Peeps)
  • Once there was a little bunny… 2 of 18
    Once there was a little bunny...
    ...who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother "I am running away."
    "If you run away," said his mother, "I will run after you. For you are my little bunny."
  • If you run after me… 3 of 18
    If you run after me...
    ...said the little bunny, "I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you."
  • If you become a fish in a trout stream… 4 of 18
    If you become a fish in a trout stream...
    ...said his mother, "I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you."
  • If you become a fisherman… 5 of 18
    If you become a fisherman...
    ...said the little bunny, "I will become a rock on the mountain, high above you."
  • If you become a rock on the mountain high above me… 6 of 18
    If you become a rock on the mountain high above me...
    ...said his mother, "I will be a mountain climber, and I will climb to where you are."
  • If you become a mountain climber… 7 of 18
    If you become a mountain climber...
    ...said the little bunny, "I will become a crocus in a hidden garden."
  • If you become a crocus in a hidden garden… 8 of 18
    If you become a crocus in a hidden garden...
    ...said his mother, "I will be a gardener. And I will find you."
  • If you are a gardener and find me… 9 of 18
    If you are a gardener and find me...
    ...said the little bunny, "I will be a bird and fly away from you."
  • If you become a bird and fly away from me… 10 of 18
    If you become a bird and fly away from me...
    ...said his mother, "I will be a tree that you come home to."
  • If you become a tree…. 11 of 18
    If you become a tree....
    ...said the little bunny, "I will become a little sailboat, and I will sail away from you."
  • If you become a sailboat and sail away from me… 12 of 18
    If you become a sailboat and sail away from me...
    ...said his mother, "I will become the wind and blow you where I want you to go."
  • If you become the wind and blow me… 13 of 18
    If you become the wind and blow me...
    ...said the little bunny, "I will join a circus and fly away on a flying trapeze."
  • If you go flying on a flying trapeze… 14 of 18
    If you go flying on a flying trapeze...
    ...said his mother, "I will be a tightrope walker, and I will walk across the air to you."
  • If you become a tightrope walker and walk across the air… 15 of 18
    If you become a tightrope walker and walk across the air...
    ...said the bunny, "I will become a little boy and I will run into a house."
  • If you become a little boy and run into a house… 16 of 18
    If you become a little boy and run into a house...
    ...said his mother, "I will become your mother and catch you in my arms and hug you."
  • “Shucks,” said the bunny… 17 of 18
    "Shucks," said the bunny...
    ..."I might just as well stay where I am and be your little bunny."
  • And so he did. 18 of 18
    And so he did.
    "Have a carrot," said the mother bunny.

Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.

 

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