I have very fond childhood memories of reading this book with my younger sister. So this year, I bought it for my four children as a present from the Easter bunny. It is a heart-warming tale of a mother bunny's determination to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming an Easter bunny, in spite of being told that she wasn't cut out for the job. She proves that in fact, it is the love of caring for her 21 adored children which empowers her to pursue the dream. This is a sweet and timeless story with beautiful pictures and important messages throughout. I highly recommend it.
My brothers and I fell in love with this book some 30 years ago when my mother first read it to us. It's a wonderful story of a plain country bunny who has always dreamed of becomming one of the prestigious Easter Bunnies. There are actually seven, not just one. It is written with the imagination and wonder of a child and also tells an inspiring story of what can be attained if one is willing to work for it. A true gift!
The gender roles in this book are outdated, but only to point out how wrong they are. In the end, it's the brown, country, female bunny that triumphs, not the white, rich, male bunnies. DuBose Heyward wrote a tale that has survived these sixty years and is still timely today. Racism, Classism, Sexism...it's all addressed here. Besides all that it's a sweet, fun book to read.
The illusrations in this book are riviting. I've been gazing at them since I was old enough to know what I was looking at. The story is full of hope, positive values and is very entertaining for children. I will never forget this book, and I'll enjoy it as long as I live. This is the REAL Easter Bunny story.
Get past the dated image of gender roles, and you see the book revealed for what it is: touching and gentle. It shows the fulfillment of a dream in spite of expectations, a mother rabbit with a chance at greatness, as one of the (several) Easter bunnies who delivers eggs around the world. I enjoyed as a child, I love it as an adult.
I had this book when I was little and was delighted to find it again for my daughters. Wonderful illustrations and the story has always been encouraging. So pleased it is still in print - highly recommended!
This book is loaded with sexist, stereotyped script. The 'country' bunny is shunned by the 'big white' bunnies and the 'Jack Rabbits', all who expect her to get married and have babies. Which, of course, she does. After all, she's only a country bunny so she couldn't be smart. However, she proves every 'bunny' wrong as she competes against the 'big whites' and 'Jacks' for the coveted position of Easter Bunny. Not only is she selected, it is her experience as a mother that helped her gain the skills to win the position. And her perserverence to do the job was rewarded with the little gold shoes which help her complete her task of delivering the Easter eggs to an otherwise unreachable location. Although I feel the symbolism very strong, I did not find my nine year old picking up on any of it (he thought it was a delightful Easter story), though my fourteen year old did. There are a variety of ways you can choose to interpret the subtle and blatent 'feminist' messages. Read it and decide for yourself.