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Little Jackrabbit, Part II
The rain gives life to many different kinds of colorful flowers.
The rain gives life to many different kinds of colorful flowers.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Little Jackrabbit."

The rain puddles are quickly soaked up by the dry ground. The rain doesn't last very long. Soon the sun will come out again.

The rainfall changes the way the desert looks. It makes all the plants blossom. Instead of being brown and dry, the desert is now filled with many different kinds of colorful flowers. 

Baby Jack explores the desert and sees things that he has never seen before. He is amazed to see so many beautiful colors: green, yellow, orange, pink, and purple.

Baby Jack looks at the beautiful flowers and sees good things to eat everywhere! He hops to find his family. Soon they will feast on all of the plants and flowers.

As the bright sun begins to set each evening, Baby Jack and his family search for food. He hops from plant to plant, nibbling on grasses. With his sharp teeth, he can eat almost anything.

Mother Jackrabbit teaches Baby Jack to chew a hole in a cactus. He avoids the prickly spines on the outside and eats the moist part inside.

Jackrabbits eat all kinds of plant material, including the inner bark of trees. Also, they feed mostly at night when it is cooler. And their enemies can't see the jackrabbits that well when it's dark outside.

After Baby Jack enjoys his tasty cactus meal, he and his mother do some more exploring. Mother Jackrabbit's powerful sense of smell helps her sniff out danger. She can smell a coyote approaching.

Mother Jackrabbit spots a coyote on a nearby rock.
Mother Jackrabbit spots a coyote on a nearby rock.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Baby Jack is playing around in the dirt when his mother sees the coyote watching them from a nearby rock. Mother Jackrabbit knows what she must do. Jackrabbits use their hind feet to pound the ground and signal danger to each other. When jackrabbits hear this sound, they know that danger is quickly approaching. They must make a fast escape.

Baby Jack hears a loud "Thumpa, thumpa, thumpa!" Mother Jackrabbit is pounding one of her back paws against the hard ground. Mother Jackrabbit is trying to tell Baby Jack and the other jackrabbits that danger is near.

Baby Jack knows what it means. He must hide. Baby Jack immediately darts under a bushy plant.

Baby Jack will wait here until the danger is gone. The coyote sniffs around the bushes trying to pick up the jackrabbit scent.

Jackrabbits use their hind feet to pound the ground and signal danger to each other.
Jackrabbits use their hind feet to pound the ground and signal danger to each other.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

The coyote leaves when he can't find any of the hiding jackrabbits. Baby Jack tenses his powerful leg muscles. Then -- whoosh -- he is off! He bounds away to meet up with his family.

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