Hello Everyone! Sorry for the silence on the blog here. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about it, I have just been more busy than I usually have been lately. I work full-time as well as writing on this blog, so I apologize if it seems like I have disappeared. However, now that I am not as busy as I have been, I will continue to bring you all more great recommendations to great picture books. Since Easter is just around the corner, I have decided to share a very cute Easter book with you all. I hope you all enjoy! Come back and visit the blog soon, for I have a whole bunch more books to share with you all.
Time length to read: 5-7 min
Age recommend: 3 and up
Author/Illustrator: Jan Brett
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Best place to purchase: Amazon Website
Price: $11.00 (Hardcover edition)
Have you ever wondered how the Easter bunny gets all those Easter eggs hidden everywhere for all the children to find? Well, in this book, it shows you that he has a little bit of help. The Easter Egg, by Jan Brett, is about a little rabbit named Hoppi. Hoppi is excited because it is the annual Easter egg contest. Every rabbit tries to create the best Easter egg there is. The winner of the best Easter egg gets to help The Easter Bunny go and hide his eggs everywhere for Easter. As Hoppi is in search of ideas to make a great egg, he runs into several different rabbits who have created very good Easter eggs. They all give him ideas and advice on creating the perfect egg, but for some reason, he just isn’t finding the right idea for him. On his way to find ideas for his easter egg, he comes across a mama robin who is frantic because one of her eggs fell from her nest. Hoppi immediately helps the mama robin by assuring her that he will protect and keep the egg warm down there, so she can tend to her other eggs in the nest. So while everyone else is working on their Easter eggs for the contest, Hoppi sits and continues to keep the egg warm. When the time finally comes for the contest judging, The Easter Bunny looks around and sees many beautiful eggs. However, he tells everyone there is a very special egg that is ‘special egg’ that isn’t present. He goes and finds Hoppi keeping the egg warm, and tells everyone that Hoppi’s egg is the ‘special egg’ for Easter. Since Hoppi sacrificed his time and effort to help mama robin to keep her egg warm, Hoppi gets the great honor of going to hide the Easter eggs with The Easter Bunny. It looks like his good deed paid off more than just one way.
This book is a great book not only for the Easter holiday, but it shows children that sometimes when you help others in service, it can pay off. It tells readers that sometimes its the thought that matters.
The beautiful illustrations, also done by Jan Brett, are colorfully detailed and capture every aspect of each page in the book. She has also gone and drawn beautiful borders throughout the story that not only add detail, but they give hints to the readers of things in the story to come. Kirkus reviews says “Bordered in pussy-willow twigs (which sport their own surprise), each spread offers the illustrator’s patented triptych construction, with panels detailing other bunnies’ activities flanking an elaborate tableau. Luscious.”
So if you are looking for a great Easter read for you or your kids, I would hop on over to your library, bookstore, or amazon.com to check it out. It’s one that will be an annual Easter favorite.
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