It's all about the hard working Easter Bunnies and how they must work in school (they even get homework!) and gather the eggs carefully from the hens. The pictures are pretty funny (I loved the sly reference to "Slovenly Peter") and I like the combination of text with handwriting.
I picked Charlotte up from school yesterday where she had her Easter party and came home wearing handmade paper bunny ears. I love when the pre-schoolers are sent home wearing things on their heads- it's so cute! We picked up our free Rita's water-ice (even though it was freezing out) and came home for a nap. Charlotte put down her bunny ears and picked up this book and nap time was even better.
What I really love about this story is that the heroine is a little country bunny momma. When she was a little girl she wanted to be one of the handpicked Easter Bunnies, who are quick and clever. She grows up and before she knows it has 21 baby bunnies!
And by and by she had a husband and then one day, much to her surprise there were twenty-one Cottontail babies to take care of.
She gives them all jobs to do and teaches them to take care of the house. Then old Grandfather bunny sees how clever and brave and fast she is and gives her the most important Easter Bunny job of all.
This book needs to be given to every new parent. Frazee's pictures are hilarious. The new baby that arrives in a young (retro-looking) couple's life immediately takes charge. He sits in his walker like a desk with his bottle and baby monitor on hand and bosses everyone around with his demands. I can't help but crack up every time I read it. It's definitely going to be my standard baby shower gift from now on.
I don't know how the days flow by so fast but before I know it weeks are gone! And it seems Winter is not ready to loosen it's hold. Even I, a cold weather lover, have had enough! So for yet ANOTHER day without sun, threatening of sleet and snow, here's a pretty picture book to escape into.
Maybe it's the children's names, but the story feels European to me- I'm imagining some country house in France. It's also written in present tense (like the Babar books). Three children explore the garden around their home. They admire flowers, find the vegetable patch, see bees at work gathering nectar, and watch the goldfish in the pond.
At one point brother and sister sit on the garden wall and Nicholas explains about the wide world beyond their garden.
This is too much for Suzette to understand. She will think about the world another time. For the moment the garden is big enough. 'Let's go in and have tea,' she says. 'I feel like some toast and honey.'
I have one husband, three children, two cats and a house full of too many books to count. I love to read, ride my bike, bake, develop my own photographs, and I've been known to neglect all housework to play with my kids.