Smoky's Special Easter Present

Smoky's Special Easter Present

by Dorothea Lachner, Christa Unzner-Fischer
     
 

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Smoky is Emma's pet rabbit and he loves her so much that he wants to get her a very special Easter gift. So Smoky heads for the city and braves all sorts of trouble just to reach the big store. How Smoky manages to survive the perils of the city and give Emma the most speical Easter present of all is a satisfying, spring-time-bright story about a loving and beloved

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Smoky is Emma's pet rabbit and he loves her so much that he wants to get her a very special Easter gift. So Smoky heads for the city and braves all sorts of trouble just to reach the big store. How Smoky manages to survive the perils of the city and give Emma the most speical Easter present of all is a satisfying, spring-time-bright story about a loving and beloved little bunny. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2When Emma wishes for a special present from the Easter Bunny, her scruffy pet rabbit travels to the city to seek the perfect gift. Smoky slips onto the bus, resists a basket of fresh carrots, and narrowly escapes becoming an Easter gift himself before discovering that he can't buy a thing without money. After a dangerous trip through the park, he ends up in the middle of a traffic jam, where Emma's father miraculously rescues him and takes him home. Emma exclaims, "Having you back is the best Easter present of all!" This story, imported from Switzerland, has been translated into smooth, readable language. However, the predictable plot meanders from event to event without ever building dramatic tension or emotion. The contrived ending is disappointing, and Emma's reaction pat. The watercolor illustrations are washed across textured paper in pastel colors. Smoky is not the typical ideal of a cute bunnyhis coat, mostly charcoal black on white, with black spots, gives him an unkempt look. Yet his posture and expressions sometimes express strong emotion, such as fear at being surrounded by a group of growling dogs, or contentment at being reunited with his mistress. An additional purchase where secular Easter stories are in demand.Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558585744
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.71(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Dorothea Lachner has written for children's radio programs in Germany and Austria. She has written many books for North-South including Andrew's Angry Words and The Gift from Saint Nicholas.

As a child, Christa Unzner filled mountains of paper with her drawings. After an apprenticeship to a window decorator, she went on to study design. She has illustrated many children's books, including young people's retelling of William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. She lives with her husband in Nicaragua.

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