With Easter fast approaching, these books about the antics of various bunny characters will entertain young children.
“10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts” by Anita Lobel, Alfred A. Knopf, 2012, Ages 2-5.
From the garden, Mama and Papa Rabbits’ children collect vegetables for the family’s vegetable soup. Through engaging words and vivid illustrations, the author Anita Lobel, entices even the youngest of readers to ramble through the garden and join the rabbit family around the dinner table for vegetable soup.
“The Pretty Pretty Bunny” by Dave Horowitz, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011, Ages 3-5.
Young children will enjoy “The Pretty Pretty Bunny” as a simple story about a silly rabbit who thinks she is beautiful, but through magic grows a squirrel tail, moose antlers, and a turtle shell. More experienced readers may recognize the story’s loose connection to the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, as the bunny Narcissa discovers the extent of her beauty.
“Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake” by Michael B. Kaplan, Illustrated by Stephane Jorisch, Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011, Ages 4-7.
After a healthy dinner of peas, carrots, and potatoes, Betty Bunny tries chocolate cake for dessert and finds she love it! In fact, Betty Bunny wants to eat chocolate cake for every meal, instead of healthy food. When her parents say no, Betty Bunny throws a royal rabbit fit. Betty Bunny learns two lessons. One is the lesson of patience. The other lesson is, if you put a piece of chocolate cake in your pocket to sneak it to school, you will have a brown goopy mess. Children will understand Betty’s impatience and parents will appreciate the message that good things come to those who wait.
“Big Bunny” by Betseygail Rand & Colleen Rand, Illustrated by C.S.W. Rand, Tricycle Press, 2011, Ages 2-5.
Big Bunny is much bigger than the other bunnies, and at first Big Bunny enjoys being unique. Then as the bunnies prepare for Easter, Big Bunny clumsily breaks eggs and sits on a basket, quickly feeling sad and awkward. The gentle message of the story centers around the acceptance and love the other bunnies provide to Big Bunny. This unusual twist on the Easter Bunny tale will entice children to look beyond the material aspects of Easter to notice the caring and tenderness shared by the bunnies.
Books about bunnies may be just the right gift to include in an Easter basket.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dobler