The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395185575
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/28/1974
Series: Sandpiper Book Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 188,773
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Du Bose Heyward (1885-1940) was the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed novel Porgy, which was the basis for Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Marjorie Flack (1897-1958) was an author and illustrator of many children's books, including The Story About Ping and The Boats on the River, which received a Caldecott Honor in 1947.

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"It is difficult to believe that this very modern feminist tale was originally written in 1939. A gem of a fantasy in which kindness and cleverness win out over size and brawn."—Learning Magazine

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The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
crazys63 More than 1 year ago
I still love this book and have shared with my nieces and nephews and still have my childhood copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only like to invest in buying books with quality stories for my six year old's library. "The Country Bunny" definitely qualifies! The story, which was first published 70 years ago (!!), is timeless. It does not have what I call the "chew up and spit out", glitzy feel of a lot of books written for children today. Kids actually have to sit still and pay attention to the story for more than five minutes to appreciate its beauty. Being a mom of a little girl, I value strong female characters in literature. The protagonist of this story is a wonderful role model. Now you'll just have to read the book and find out why...
mccabe1030 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Jefferson Library Lakeshore:Long text, great moral. A mother bunny proves herself wise, swift and kind to become one the five Easter bunnies
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I read this as a child and loved it - came across it in the bookstore and couldn't resist. It's a sweet little story, with a lovely feminist subtext - though it reminds me rather a lot of The Little Red Hen, so I don't see why the blurbers were so surprised at said feminist subtext in 1938. A common housewife is a very competent person - and the Country Bunny was the kindest, and cleverest, and wisest, and fastest, and bravest of all the bunnies...
Hollywood75 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A story about a mother bunny who overcomes all sorts of steroetypes to become an Easter bunny. She is not only becomes an Easter bunny but plays a very important role to a child. The story teached you that life is going to give you many challenges but the rewards to overcoming these far outweigh the obstacles. I love reading this story time and time again. The illustrations are do beautiful and I find myself wanting to find one of those special Easter eggs every year.
Treeseed on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I collect children's books. I have thousands of them and I have read many hundreds more. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is my favorite one. It doesn't even have any serious competition. I was five years old the first time it was read to me in 1957. I have loved it ever since and have read it to every child who ever sat still around me long enough to hear it. I read it last week to a little boy named Calvin. I just gave a copy of it a few days ago to my friend's brand new baby boy, August. Author Du Bose Heyward is perhaps better known as the creator of the character Porgy from his 1927 Pulitzer winning play of the same name that went on to inspire the Gershwin brothers' Porgy and Bess, known today as the first great American folk opera. A sickly child who as a toddler lost his father, he grew up with a sensitive and gentle nature and became a talented poet, novelist and playwright. This wonderful picture storybook, Heyward's only one, is set at Easter time but it focuses more on Spring than on any religious theme. It's message is about love and sharing, compassion, duty and the joy of fulfilling one's responsibilities. It celebrates co-operation, modesty, individual talents, and self-confidence. It affirms the idea that great things can be accomplished if one is willing to give their utmost. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes was originally published in 1939 and has never been out of print. Today it is available in both hard cover and paperback formats. It was written in 1938 for the author's five year old daughter, Jenifer. Heyward originally told Jenifer about the country bunny as a bedtime story and one day artist Marjorie Flack, a fellow member of a writers' colony in New Hampshire heard it and excitedly offered to illustrate it. A classic was born! The story is tenderly told in prose that five to nine year olds will enjoy. There are some full pages of text but there is illustration on facing pages where that occurs and in most cases there are illustrations on both facing pages. There is ample illustration to hold the interest of most children. The tale begins by correcting the notion that there is only one Easter Bunny. It seems there are actually five. All the mother bunnies raise their children with the idea that if they learn to be wise and kind and swift they may grow up to be one of the five Easter Bunnies. Next we meet a little brown country girl bunny named Cottontail who is determined that she will one day be in the elite group. "All of the big white bunnies who lived in fine houses and the Jack rabbits with long legs who can run so fast, laughed at little Cottontail and told her to go back to the country and eat a carrot." Life goes on for the humble little country bunny and one day, as the book says, "much to her surprise" she has twenty-one cottontail babies. Raised with gentle loving guidance the bunnies grow up, each with a special talent and each co-operates to keep the little country cottage where they live clean and neat, harmonious and happy. Eventually one of the five Easter Bunnies grows too slow to continue in his position and The Old Grandfather Bunny calls everyone together at the Palace of Easter Eggs so a new Easter Bunny can be chosen. It wouldn't be much of a story if Cottontail didn't make the cut. Now would it? How she convinces Grandfather Bunny to choose her is a wonderful part of the story that I will leave for you to discover with some little person you love. Cottontail ends up with the most arduous and precious task of all on Easter Eve and her selfless efforts and determination bring the little gold shoes in to the picture. I don't want to spoil the story. The illustrations are utterly delightful. Marjorie Flack has illustrated and written other famous children's books including the Angus series about a little black Scottie dog and Ask Mr. Bear as well as The Story About Ping. She once said that this "is a very pink book" and it is. There is some pink on every page..
callmecayce on LibraryThing 8 months ago
My parents read this book to me -- and I read it myself -- when I was growing up. I was recently reminded of it and had to get a copy from the library. It was just as lovely and wonderful as I remembered it. It's a lovely story of a bunny who wants to become the Easter bunny and what happens to her.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In this very prettily illustrated little story, the little Country Bunny girl is laughed at and told she will never be one of the five easter bunnies. When she has twenty-one children, she thinks they are right, but she proves herself wise by training them, kind by keeping a kind house, and swift. When she has to deliver the most difficult egg, she proves herself brave as well, and is given little gold shoes to help with the task.
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I pd for the whole book but only 3 pages down loaded!!!! UGGGGGG........ This is my favorite childerens book by far and even read it as a young adult until my childhood copy feel apart. I have just adopted 3 young childeren and was excited to share my love for a book that had brought me such joy. I hope we can get this resolved!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every little girl should have this book. Beautiful example of how a strong woman are kind and know how to delegate! Timeless!
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I read this to my son for the first time on Easter and he loved it as much as I always did as a child. I love this book!
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My parents read this book to me when I was young and now I'm reading it to my children. It's best for ages 3+ because of the text to picture ratio but it's a great story and the pictures stick in your memory because they are so classic 1930's!
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MommyAndTeacher More than 1 year ago
This story is lovely and one of my favorites. However, the book I just received is bound upside down. How does that happen?? Is no one checking the books that are sent out?? I was planning to include this book in my child's Easter basket, but there is no way I will receive a new one by then. I am very disappointed, as this is the first bad experience I've had with Barnes and Noble.
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