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The Story of the Easter Bunny    by Katherine Tegen & Sally Anne Lambert order for
Story of the Easter Bunny
by Katherine Tegen
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HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Katherine Tegen's sweet spring tale begins with 'a round old couple' delicately decorating Easter eggs on a wintry day in their 'snug little house', watched by their little white rabbit. Sally Anne Lambert illustrates the story in lovely watercolors with enticing detail and an old-fashioned English village look.

The rabbit still watches as the couple weave baskets out of straw, and he's there with them in early spring as they cook and mold chocolate eggs. And on Easter Day, 'when the sky was blue / and the church bells rang / and the world seemed new,' the litte rabbit accompanies the old folk as they deliver a straw basket full of eggs to every child. But the next year, the 'round old couple' oversleep, so the little rabbit finishes filling and delivering baskets himself. And the year after that, he takes over the entire job, from painting to weaving to molding and delivering. Eventually, the elders grow too old even to assist, and the little rabbit moves to 'a shadow-filled wood', where he finds helpers of his own.

In The Story of the Easter Bunny, we learn how it came about that every year 'the Easter Bunny delivers his baskets.' This enchanting tale ends 'Perhaps he has left one for you? Happy Easter!' Read it with a child, before you start painting eggs, as you anticipate the holiday together.

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