Watership Down, a classic children’s novel, is the story of a group of rabbits that must seek a new home because their old warren is in danger. Hazel and his brother Fiver lead the band of rabbits that ventures forth to find a new warren, along the way discovering that they must be both brave and clever to overcome the dangers that stand in their way. This adventure story about the search for a home explores what it means to be a good leader while paying tribute to heroic tales like The Odyssey and The Aeneid.

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