I had never heard of Robert Lawson's "Rabbit Hill" (1944) but picked up the audiobook version of it while perusing the shelf at the public library recently. This book turned out to be an absolute delight, most loved by the eight-year-old and me.
Mothers of boys will appreciate this excerpt, as Mother Rabbit worries about the new folks moving in to the human's house:
"DOWN in the Rabbit burrow Mother was worrying harder than usual. Any occurrence, good or bad, which upset the quiet order of Mother's days always brought on a fit of worry, and of course the present great excitement had resulted in a perfect frenzy. She had thought of every danger or unpleasantness which might accompany the arrival of new Folks and was now inventing new and unlikely ones. She had discussed the possibility of Dog, Cats, and Ferrets; of shotguns, rifles, and explosives; of traps and snares; of poisons and poison gases. There might even be BOYS! "
This is a charming, light story of a bevy of small animals who anticipate the new folks moving into the long-empty farmhouse. "There's folks and there's folks."
I highly recommend this one for the whole family!