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.
The Best Easter Book Ever: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
One of my favorite things about being a parent is introducing my son to books I loved when I was little. Only once so far, however, have I found a real treasure. Lyrical writing, glowing illustrations, fuel for the imagination, a sense of humor, and, of course, a message: plucky little girl bunnies who defy prejudice and believe in themselves can grow up to become fully actualized lady bunnies who raise smart, happy, kind children and do fulfilling work outside the warren. The book began as a bedtime story Heyward would tell his daughter, Jenifer. She raises twenty-one industrious, self-sufficient little bunnies who both keep her house and help her nail her Easter-bunny audition.
The celebration of Easter contains both religious and secular components. Today many children will search for Easter eggs, candy baskets, and the various treats that have become associated with the holiday. Although much has changed in our society, this timeless book still works beautifully for young readers. Not so, he tells readers. There are five Easter Bunnies and each must cover vast territories. They must be the kindest, swiftest, and wisest bunnies in the whole wide world.
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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.
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