Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book Review- The Easter Egg

By Jan Brett
Published by Penguin
Released on February 9th, 2010
Source- Bought
Ages toddler & up
5 stars

Jan Brett’s lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, and her remarkable Easter Rabbit will enchant readers as they pore over illustrations filled with dazzling eggs made by Flora Bunny, Aunt Sassyfrass and others.

If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit deliver the eggs on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he chooses the empty blue eggshell to reward Hoppi for his kindness.

Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the Robin’s family drama unfolds.

A gatefold surprise reveals the Easter Rabbit (quoted from Goodreads).

It's Easter and the rabbits are trying to get ready before the Easter Bunny comes. Each spring the rabbits gather the perfect items to help them create a beautiful unique egg, in hopes that the Easter Bunny will find their egg the most beautiful. If the Easter Bunny chooses their egg, they get to help him deliver the Easter Eggs.

Hoppi takes readers from rabbit to rabbit who are decorating their eggs, and he's hoping to come up with an idea on how to decorate his own. My kids loved seeing the variety of eggs that each bunny makes. Some our out of things you'd find in the woods, some are painted, some our carved. Each egg is created uniquely and each one is beautiful. During Hoppi's pondering on what kind of egg he can create it, Mother Robbin loses an egg from her nest. Hoppi takes it upon himself to protect the fallen egg and stays with it until something wonderful happens. Hoppi's created the most beautiful Easter egg and doesn't even realize it.

We are huge fans of Jan Brett's, well I should admit that I have a weakness to her books. Her illustrations are beautiful and really bring her stories to life. The Easter Egg is no exception. Not only is the story cute, but there's a wonderful message included in the story. Based on illustrations alone I highly recommend picking this book up. It's one that will be treasured for Easter's to come.

You can visit Jan's site here to find some fun The Easter Egg activities for kids.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~