The Rabbits' Wedding

The Rabbits' Wedding
The Rabbit's Wedding first edition.jpg
First hardcover edition, 1958
AuthorGarth Williams
IllustratorGarth Williams
Cover artistGarth Williams
CountryUnited States
GenreJuvenile fiction
PublishedApril 30, 1958
PublisherHarper Collins

The Rabbits' Wedding is a children's picture book created and illustrated by American author and illustrator Garth Williams, who came to the fore as a writer after his success as an illustrator with Stuart Little.[1] The Rabbits' Wedding was published on April 30, 1958, and depicted the love affair and wedding of two bunnies, one white and one black. The following year it became the center of a controversy in the state of Alabama when Edward Oswell Eddins, State Senator from Marengo County, claimed the book was "propaganda for integration and intermarriage".[2] Alabama's State Library Agency director, Emily Wheelock Reed, faced censorship challenges over the book at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the American South.[3]

Williams illustrated more than 70 books, the majority by other authors; The Rabbits' Wedding was the last of those he wrote. As of 2000, according to the Los Angeles Times, it remained in print.[2]

Plot summary

The rabbits live in the forest, where they go on journeys. The black rabbit (male) feels conflicted; finally he reveals why he has been depressed and thoughtful, conveying to the white rabbit (female) that he wishes she will stay by his side forever. The white rabbit accepts the black rabbit's wish and love. A wedding is celebrated and the bunnies dance under the moonlight with the other creatures of the forest.[4]

Other Languages