The Easter Egg

The Easter Egg

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by Jan Brett, Graeme Malcolm
     
 

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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 with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he

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Overview

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 with his deliveries 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 declares the empty blue eggshell the very best one 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brett's finely detailed watercolor and gouache art is a showstopper, spotlighting lifelike—though nattily clad—rabbits decorating eggs in hopes of winning the role of the Easter Rabbit's helper. Hoppi is awed by bunnies' creations, which include an ornate chocolate egg and a “whirling, twirling mechanical egg.” But when an egg tumbles out of a robin's nest, he keeps it safe until the baby bird hatches. Borders of twigs, pussy willows, daffodils, and ferns add greatly to the warm, visually sumptuous setting of this gentle spring story. Ages 3–5. (Feb.)
Booklist
A satisfying, gentle tale whose text and images can be enjoyed multiple times over.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A bunny hopes he will win the Easter egg decorating contest and thus gain the honor of helping the Easter Rabbit hide the eggs on Easter morning. The other rabbits in his neighborhood are busy working on their entries, each one more dazzling than the last, and Hoppi needs an inspiration. At last, he decides that the most important thing is to make something he will be proud of. He hops off into the woods, where he finds a robin's fallen egg. The bunny generously offers to guard it while the mother tends to the eggs remaining in her nest. On the contest day, the Easter Rabbit commends the crowd of rabbits for their beautiful creations, but then says "a very special one is not here." He hurries off into the woods to bring Hoppi back to the glen, where he reveals that Hoppi has won the contest for his heroic efforts in protecting the egg. Brett's elegant watercolor and gouache illustrations enhance this sweet story. Adorned with wreaths of flowers and decorative borders, the paintings bring to mind the romance of Victorian greeting cards. Each character is depicted as a distinctive breed of rabbit. The lovely pastel shades and lush pastoral details in the illustrations celebrate the beauty of spring. This book could be paired with Michael Garland's The Great Easter Egg Hunt (Dutton 2005).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Brett is in rare visual form in this tale of a bunny who hopes to win a prized opportunity to help the Easter Rabbit. Little Hoppi goes through his community seeking ideas for the winning decorated egg. The other bunnies, each of a different breed and elaborately costumed, are hard at work, but they give Hoppi some items that might help him. As he ponders the task, an egg tumbles out of Mother Robin's nest-so, Horton-like, he decides to protect it until it hatches, with completely predictable results. But if the story is a little lackluster, the sumptuous illustrations more than make up for it. Bordered in pussy-willow twigs (which sport their own surprise), each spread offers the illustrator's patented triptych construction, with panels detailing other bunnies' activities flanking an elaborate tableau. Luscious. (Picture book. 3-6)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
It is springtime. Hoppi, a young bunny, would like to win the right to help the Easter Rabbit hide the eggs by decorating the winning egg. He needs an "amazing idea" for his first egg ever. Searching, he passes other bunnies at work, making eggs with flowers, from carved wood, chocolate, and Granny Ireney makes "fabulous story eggs." Overwhelmed by the possibilities, Hoppi decides to, "...just make an egg I am proud of." Just then, an egg tumbles from Mother Robin's nest. It must be kept warm until it hatches. Through days and nights, Hoppi never leaves it. For this good deed, the Easter Rabbit chooses him for a place of honor on Easter. The front jacket/cover portrait of our nattily jacketed hero surrounded by a frame of decorated eggs, plus the five bunnies at work on the eggs in a similar frame on the back introduce the double pages of the highly detailed, naturalistic scenes. Additional vignettes along with frames bursting with plants, flowers, and other busy bunnies attend the drama of the egg. Watercolors and gouache with added airbrush background produce these delightfully attractive characters and settings. A foldout is needed to display the Easter Bunny's wagon pulled by golden chickens. And the moral should be clear to young readers. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101652022
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/09/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
660,268
Lexile:
AD760L (what's this?)
File size:
16 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."


With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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