Numerous Easter riddles await readers in the novelty book How Do You Know It's Easter? A Springtime Lift-the-Flap Book by Dian Curtis Regan, illus. by Fumi Kosaka. After reading hints on each page ("We grow tall in the spring to color the world. Gather our blooms for your room! What are we?") and spying visual clues, children can lift gatefold flaps that reveal the answer. Not all of the answers will be intuitive to young readers, however (such as the answer to the above, "Lilies, daisies, and daffodils"). Kosaka's textured, pastel illustrations bring subdued charm to the text. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Each spread provides a description of an aspect of the Easter season. Hints are given in the picture on the opposing page and the answer is revealed when the flap is lifted. For example, "I glow bright in spring's blue sky.... What am I?" The answer is the sun. Other telltale signs of Easter are the bunny rabbit nibbling in the grass, a basket for the colored eggs, an Easter egg hunt, lilies, a lamb, candy chicks, bunnies and the like, and an Easter bonnet. The descriptions are all related toward the secular side of this religious holiday. Religious parents may want to discuss how some of these symbols came to be related to the holiday, but that may require research in additional books such as Easter by Mari C. Schuh from Pebble Books, 2003 or A Child's Book of Easter by Paul Kortepeter, with illustrations by Susan Wheeler, Dutton, 2002. 2004, Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, Ages 6 mo. to 3.