Monday, April 18, 2011

The Story of the Easter Bunny

I have to admit that I was kind of worried about what this story would be like. I thought that it might be a bit long or use too much vocabulary that Little Boy wouldn't understand.

Guess I was just judging a book by its cover.

The Story of the Easter Bunny is actually a well-told story that Little Boy followed easily. A "round old couple" put together Easter baskets for the children in their village each year, while their rabbit watches. Then, one year, the old couple can't deliver the Easter baskets--they're still asleep when the church bells ring on Easter morning. So the little rabbit steps in to help. Each year, the rabbit gradually takes over more and more of the Easter responsibilities, until finally the round old couple can't help the little rabbit anymore. The rabbit goes to live deep in the woods, because "too many children are discovering his secrets." And so he officially becomes the Easter bunny.

It's really a nice little story. It's pretty simple, so it's a good one for really young kids who might be starting to question where the Easter bunny lives, and how he makes all the Easter eggs, and so on--without going into the true history of Easter, or other elements that would make the story difficult for younger children.

The Story of the Easter Bunny
Written by Katherine Tegen, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert
Age range*: 3-5
My rating: 4 stars [out of five]

*Age ranges are very flexible.

Full disclosure: I don't receive any compensation for reviewing children's books--the books are usually just checked out from the local library.

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