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The Story of the Easter Bunny

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by Katherine Tegen, Sally Anne Lambert (Illustrator)
 

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Everyone knows who the Easter Bunny is. Each year, he comes with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates for children. But not everybody knows where he comes from. On a snow-cold day in a snug little house... So begins the true story of the Easter Bunny.

This fresh, innovative story describes how one little rabbit became a legend!

Overview

Everyone knows who the Easter Bunny is. Each year, he comes with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates for children. But not everybody knows where he comes from. On a snow-cold day in a snug little house... So begins the true story of the Easter Bunny.

This fresh, innovative story describes how one little rabbit became a legend!

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Charming tale…as lovely and inviting as a sugar egg.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Beautifully illustrated in muted tones and a classic fairytale style.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Tender and imaginitve…A neatly crafted small fable…Likely to have cross-generational appeal for sharing.”
Publishers Weekly
How the Easter bunny came to have his job is told with child-like wonder in The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen, illus. by Sally Anne Lambert. When a "round old couple" who diligently worked year after year painting eggs, weaving baskets and making chocolates can no longer do the work, their pet rabbit takes on the task himself. Muted watercolors of an endearingly antiquated town and the couple's cozy home add to the sweetness of the story. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"On a snow-cold day in a snug little house, a round old couple were making Easter eggs." As they wove baskets and molded chocolates, "their little rabbit watched." On Easter, they bring a filled basket to each child in the village. As the couple grows older, their rabbit takes on more and more responsibility until, at last, he is the one who weaves the baskets, molds the chocolates and delivers the baskets. Fearing that the children might discover too many of his secrets, he moves to the forest where his friends help him. This is a charming tale with warm, cozy indoor scenes as well as seasonally changing outdoor scenes. Children will get a fine sense of the passage of time as the cold winter scenes give way to green grass and leaves on the trees. There is also a good sense of anticipation as the items are prepared for giving. The thatched roof cottages, children peeking out the window, and the hard-working rabbit pulling the wagons are all presented in spring pastel colors. This is an enjoyable addition to the holiday collection. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An elderly couple's petite white rabbit observes, assists, then eventually takes over the task of weaving baskets, coloring eggs, concocting candy, and delivering the gifts to village children. When the man and woman become too old to continue their labors, the bunny moves the operation to the woods, where he works inside a hollow tree, assisted by other rabbit friends. Tegen's text teems with sensory details: the eggs were "-the color of daffodils and of soft new leaves and of robins' eggs and of violets." Lambert's watercolors make merry with spring's pastels, providing detailed images of the cozy cottage kitchen as well as the rabbit den. However, some children may be concerned when the rabbit preserves the tasks' secrecy by leaving the humans when they are too frail to carry on. Nevertheless, this visually splendid story with folktale rhythms makes a good choice for holiday sharing.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Tegen explores the origins of the Easter Bunny in this sweet, simply told story set in an old-fashioned village with winding streets and stone houses. In this particular village, an elderly couple work all winter preparing baskets of eggs and candies for all the children of the village to enjoy each Easter morning. The "round old man" and the "round old woman" have a white pet rabbit who at first just watches their preparations. As he grows, he helps the couple with their tasks, taking over more of the work and eventually moving the operation to the woods to hide the process from curious children. The short story is gracefully told with just a few sentences on each page, and the large type size and soft watercolor illustrations contribute to the appealing design. The illustrations are full of details that young readers will enjoy spotting, including glimpses of the village children waiting in the windows for the Easter bunny to deliver his baskets. (Picture book. 3-6)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Tender and imaginitve…A neatly crafted small fable…Likely to have cross-generational appeal for sharing.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Tender and imaginitve…A neatly crafted small fable…Likely to have cross-generational appeal for sharing."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Tender and imaginitve…A neatly crafted small fable…Likely to have cross-generational appeal for sharing.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060507114
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/18/2005
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
961,540
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine Tegen has been writing stories since she was ten years old. She has always loved celebrating holidays and anything to do with magic. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Story of the Easter Bunny, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert and praised by School Library Journal: "This visually splendid story with folktale rhythms makes a good choice for holiday sharing." She lives in New York City.

Sally Anne Lambert has illustrated a number of children’s books, including The Story of the Easter Bunny and The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen; Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace Fleming; and Barkus, Sly and the Golden Egg by Angela McAllister. Ms. Lambert lives in Liverpool, England. You can visit her online at www.sallyannelambert.com.

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Story of the Easter Bunny 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is three years old and we wanted to introduce him to Easter in a way that would make him excited about the holiday and look forward to it without any difficult language or religious connections. This book has wonderful illustrations and leaves an opening at the end of the book that makes him wonder if the easter bunny has brought him a basket.
dannecgf More than 1 year ago
We loved reading our son this book. He enjoyed it and now understands where the easter bunny comes from.
Sunny1 More than 1 year ago
My grandson enjoyed both the story & the pictures.
Naomi-NY More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for my son who was very curious about the Easter Bunny and how we learned about him. It was such a success this Easter, that I think we have found a tradition - reading this story every year the night before Easter. Cute book with a sweet story line and several beautiful illustrations. If you have kids, I highly recommend this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books to pull up at Easter time. I'm very selective about the edition I read to myself occassionally and to my nieces and nephews, but this is my favorite tale of the Easter Bunny. The illustrations are done very well and it is a heart-warming story. The book doesn't touch upon the religious aspects of Easter, so that may be a deterrent for some shoppers. But if that works for you, then I highly recommend it.
CAM-Teacher More than 1 year ago
This story has cute illustrations and can be narrated by Mom or Dad. My two-and-a-half year old had fun reading it during the time before Easter.
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Love the story, illustrations and quality of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute story!! My sons really enjoy it.
HipKat More than 1 year ago
He was old enough to learn about traditions and this book did it nicely . Even used an older couple(Grandma and Grandpa) as characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is aweosme
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's no such thing as the Easter Bunny. It is a lie perpetuated by parents who ignore the spiritual side if Easter. Kids books like this ought to be banned. There is also no such thing as Santa Clause. That is also a lie perpetuated by parents who ignore the spiritual meaning of Christmas.