Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Bunny Who Found Easter

I love Easter, and I love stories about Easter. Some of my favorite children's stories from when I was little are about bunnies and Easter. (Maybe I should pull some of those out and review them, huh?)

This one isn't a favorite of mine or Little Boy's, but it's a nice story. A lonely bunny is...well, lonely...and he asks an owl where he can find more bunnies like him. The owl says that there are always a lot of rabbits around Easter, but then the owl falls asleep and doesn't say anything more. The lonely  bunny decides that Easter must be a place, and goes searching for it. He searches all year (through all the seasons, although the seasons aren't named, just pictured), until he finally finds another bunny. They go back to where the lonely bunny started, have a little bunny family, and the owl says something like, "See? There are always a lot of rabbits around Easter."

So the story's nice, but I thought it was a little odd that the only reference to Easter--even in the illustrations--was in the title and the bunny's search for Easter. No colored eggs, no baskets, no resurrection. It could just as easily have been titled "The Bunny Who Found Spring." But it's not a bad little story, in and of itself.

The Bunny Who Found Easter
Written by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Helen Craig
Age range*: 4-6
My rating: 3 stars [out of five]

*Age ranges are very flexible.

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