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Chester's Colorful Easter Eggs
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Chester's Colorful Easter Eggs

by Theresa Smythe
 

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Chester the Easter Bunny decorates six Easter eggs. He chooses the colors of the rainbow: red, green, yellow, orange, purple, and blue. He then hides them for all his friends to find. On Easter, his friends discover his beautiful eggs and they all celebrate the special day together.
This cheerful book reinforces color identification and counting, and

Overview

Chester the Easter Bunny decorates six Easter eggs. He chooses the colors of the rainbow: red, green, yellow, orange, purple, and blue. He then hides them for all his friends to find. On Easter, his friends discover his beautiful eggs and they all celebrate the special day together.
This cheerful book reinforces color identification and counting, and celebrates the Easter holiday.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Smythe follows Snowbear’s Christmas Countdown with an Easter-themed introduction to color, as Chester the rabbit decorates and hides six eggs for his friends. Chester embellishes each egg according to its planned hiding spot: a red egg is made to look like a bird and hidden in a nest, while an orange egg is adorned with daisies and hearts to match the tea set in which it’s hidden. All the patterning and the detailed indoor and outdoor scenes allow Smythe’s cut-paper artwork to shine; Chester is “tickled pink” when a rainbow highlights his eggs after they are found, and readers should feel much the same. Ages 2–5. (Feb.)
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“All the patterning and the detailed indoor and outdoor scenes allow Smythe's cut-paper artwork to shine; Chester is 'tickled pink' when a rainbow highlights his eggs after they are found, and readers should feel much the same. ” —Publishers Weekly

“Each spread presents a room or vignette with richly textured objects, expressive characters, and bright colors. Recommended for libraries seeking simple Easter books.” —School Library Journal

“A sweet treat for an Easter basket or for sharing before decorating Easter eggs.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The simple text and appealing cut-paper collage illustrations provide a complete iconography for a warm-and-fuzzy celebration for this winning character and his animal friends.” —School Library Journal on Snowbear's Christmas Countdown

“Smythe creates vivid, detailed scenes . . . that capture both the joyful, energetic bustle and the deep coziness of the season. . . . Just right for reading aloud. Merry and bright holiday fare that young children may want to return to throughout the year.” —Booklist on Snowbear's Christmas Countdown

Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Chester the bunny decides to decorate eggs for all his friends so the day before the Easter holiday he makes himself a snack, puts on some music, and gets to work cooking hard boiled eggs. Smythe's cut-paper collages and modest setting and characters give the book a vintage feel. Chester, in his blue-plaid button up shirt, solid blue vest, yellow bow tie, and grey pinstriped pants, is a very dapper bunny. He uses crayons, tape, and a dye kit to design his eggs. The next several pages show each of Chester's eggs in a manner meant to teach colors. First, he decorates an egg red and hides it in a nest full of red baby birds outside his friend Sidney's balcony. On the far left page of the spread is a text box that states what color Chester painted the egg (the word "red" is in red), and an enlarged image of the egg. The rest of the spread shows Chester hiding the egg at his friends' houses. He hides a green egg in Miss Kitty's flowerpots. In each scene, many of the items shown coordinate with the color of the egg. Ralph the dog's yellow egg goes well with the red and yellow flowers in his yard, as well as his yellow lemonade pitcher and glass. Charlotte the mouse's orange-themed egg matches her tea set. Eggs in all the colors of the rainbow are shown. On Easter morning all of Chester's friends find their eggs—surprising Chester by all meeting outside, where a rainbow shines down on the eggs. Chester, blushing, "was tickled pink" by spending Easter with all his friends. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—Chester Rabbit colors and decorates six eggs and hides them near his friends. He leaves a red egg decorated to resemble a bird in a nest outside Sidney's balcony and a purple one behind similarly patterned curtains in Maurice's room. Chester's friends discover their gifts on Easter morning, and "a magical glow appeared on the eggs! Chester was tickled PINK." Although the story is slight, each spread presents a room or vignette with richly textured objects, expressive characters, and bright colors. Recommended for libraries seeking simple Easter books.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Little Chester is a charming bunny boy getting ready for an Easter egg hunt in this pleasant, thoughtfully designed story just right for younger preschoolers. Chester prepares six hard-boiled eggs in his kitchen and then dyes them different colors, decorating and hiding them for his friends to find. Each egg is shown in an inset with the name of the color spelled out in colored display type, with a larger illustration showing Chester hiding the egg. In a cheery conclusion, the six friends line up their eggs just as a rainbow appears, highlighting the rainbow spectrum of Chester's Easter surprise. Collage illustrations in bold, bright hues use simple shapes and interesting textures to create an appealing artistic presentation that will appeal to young children. Chester himself is a dapper dude in a yellow bowtie and plaid shirt, with bold whiskers and a winsome smile. His friends come in all sizes and shapes, from a big, brown lion to a tiny mouse, creating a good-natured group that gives the impression of diversity. A sweet treat for an Easter basket or for sharing before decorating Easter eggs. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466831674
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
24
File size:
19 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Theresa Smythe is the author and illustrator of Snowbear's Christmas Countdown and the illustrator of The Runaway Valentine. Formerly a television and feature-film animator, Ms. Smythe lives in Los Angeles, California.


Theresa Smythe is the author and illustrator of Snowbear’s Christmas Countdown and the illustrator of The Runaway Valentine. Formerly a television and feature-film animator, Ms. Smythe lives in Los Angeles, California.

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