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The rabbit on the cover.

 
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I remember I saw this rabbit on one book for children. Could you tell me where the rabbit come from?

BTW, is the author the same one who wrote a book on Scala fro impatient?
 
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The rabbit is the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland who was always late, which may explain his impatience with learning Java.

(P.S. It can be successfully argued that Alice in Wonderland is not a children's book.)
 
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It's a cute cover.
 
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If I remember correctly, Tenniel drew it. I think Alice had a white rabbit as a pet, so Lewis Carrol put it in the book.
Agree Alice is probably not a children's book. I had a girlfriend once who knew somebody who said one should read Alice once a year to prevent one becoming cynical.

Now, Winnie‑the‑Pooh, that is a book completely unsuitable for children
 
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Alice in Wonderland is a delightful story--you can start reading at http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/carroll/lewis/alice/chapter1.html

In the first chaopter, the White Rabbit pulls out its watch because it is in a hurry and afraid of being so very late. If you are in a hurry to learn Java 8 and afraid of being so very late, don't try separating the old from the new in the online Java tutorials, but get the book :-)

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The White Rabbit wrote: I'm late; I'm late; For a very important date.



Here's a 24 second video clip of that scene from the animated movie. (Which is strongly based on the book)
 
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