My First Easter

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The importance of family and sharing are beautifully shown in this board book all about Easter celebrations. Tomie dePaola’s bright illustrations and easy-to-follow text explain the traditions associated with this special holiday.

Introduces some of the objects and activities associated with the celebration of Easter. On board pages.

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Overview

The importance of family and sharing are beautifully shown in this board book all about Easter celebrations. Tomie dePaola’s bright illustrations and easy-to-follow text explain the traditions associated with this special holiday.

Introduces some of the objects and activities associated with the celebration of Easter. On board pages.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 3 mo. to 3.

Dyed eggs, new flowers (including an Easter lily), new clothes (including Easter bonnets), animals born in the Spring, Easter baskets delivered by the Easter Bunny, and an Easter egg hunt are all aspects of this family's celebration of Easter. Each watercolor spread shows the family preparing for and enjoying the activities that are also part of many family observances of the Easter Season. The simple sentences will be a delight to early readers, and even young listeners will grasp the meaning: "These are the animals born in the spring." Known the world around, dePaola's gentle watercolors are the perfect accompaniment for this early introduction to Easter. The board book format and its slightly larger size (approximately 7½ x 7½) will appeal to little people. The book is enhanced with flocking on the animals for a tactile experience and sparkly, decorated eggs for visual stimulation. It would be perfect for Easter baskets and especially fitting for the very "First Easter." Reviewer: Sheilah Egan

School Library Journal
PreS-- Easter delights--egg-dyeing and hunting, blooming potted bulbs, new clothes, the Bunny, and goody-filled baskets--as well as a centerfold of newborn animals and newly hatched birds--are winningly depicted in flat perspectives and a warm palette. A cheery farm family of young parents and four children celebrates the holiday in this board book, useful for identification of secular Easter symbols. It's better illustrated than similar fare, and doesn't attempt any theogical explanations. --Patricia Pearl, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448447902
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/5/2015
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 150,483
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 7.91 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmount Avenue and a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona. He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Posted March 30, 2012

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      "My First Easter" is a board book good for little hand

      "My First Easter" is a board book good for little hands and eyes, and it offers a secular description of the celebration of Easter. It includes "Easter" eggs, an Easter egg hunt, and the customary new clothing associated with the season. Also, the storyline has colorful illustrations to go along with the simple text. **This book is nice for a baby gift.

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    • Posted April 27, 2009

      THE GRAND KIDS LOVED IT

      Our grand kids really loved this book.

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