The country bunny and the little gold shoes
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose HeywardThe country bunny is a lady, and she attains the exalted position of Easter Bunny in spite of her responsibilities as the mother of twenty-one children. That the story ends with success and a reward is, of course, as every child would wish.
Like so many other classic stories for children, this one grew from being told and retold to a child for many years. That is why Mr. Heyward gives credit on the title-page to his eight-year-old daughter, Jenifer.
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One of my favorite things about being a parent is introducing my son to books I loved when I was little.
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I always know when Easter is around the corner: I used to win the egg hunt by smell. Ironic since it is one of the biggest mash-up religious festivals of all humanity. However, the Country Bunny swaps religious sermons for sociological commentary. It shakes off the guilt trip and returns with a solid lesson in personal responsibility. It ticks the three greatest moral lessons you can have for a child: Feminism, Racism, and professional value.
The country bunny attains the exalted position of Easter Bunny in spite of her responsibilities as the mother of twenty-one children. A classic! Darling story and beautiful illustrations! In this very prettily illustrated little story, the little Country Bunny girl is laughed at and told she will never be one of the five easter bunnies. When she has twenty-one children, she thinks they are right, but she proves herself wise by training them, kind by keeping a kind house, and swift. When she has to deliver the most difficult egg, she proves herself brave as well, and is given little gold shoes to help with the task.
Easter is an odd holiday. As the book opens, Heyward explains to us:. We hear of the Easter Bunny who comes each Easter Day before sunrise to bring eggs for boys and girls, so we think there is only one. But this is not so. There are really five Easter Bunnies, and they must be the five kindest, and swiftest, and wisest bunnies in the whole wide world, because between sunset on Easter Eve and dawn on Easter Morning they do more work than most rabbits do in a whole year. In The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes , Heyward transforms the Easter Bunny into a shared role held by five different rabbits of varying shapes and sizes, which, as a parent, I think is fairly genius. After Heyward establishes the mythology of the Easter Bunny role — the wise old Grandfather Bunny selects the five best bunnies in the world to serve every Easter — he then introduces us to his heroine, the thoroughly modern Cottontail , also known as The Country Bunny.