We love this book, it is one of our favorites of all time in this house. Have you heard of this great tale? It’s called The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes and it is a gem in every way.
It is about a busy mother of 21 babies who has always dreamed, since she was a little girl, of being chosen by Old Grandfather Bunny to be one of the five official Easter Bunnies.
The boy bunnies always teased her, saying she was just a girl and girls weren’t fast enough to become Easter Bunnies. When she became a mom, they laughed at her still and told her to leave the Easter eggs to great big men bunnies like them. So mama Cottontail took care of her babies. Once they grew up a little, she gave them each a job and taught them how to be self-sufficient.
One day, she heard that a spot had opened up to become an Easter Bunny. She took her children to watch the big race to see who would be picked. As she was standing there with her lovely children all in a row, she caught the eye of the Old Grandfather Bunny. Through a series of observations, mama Cottontail gets picked to be an Easter Bunny because she was not only swift (from running after her children), but also wise and kind.
On Easter eve, she gets injured while delivering the most special egg to a very sick boy. But in the end, through her perseverance and courage (and a pair of golden shoes) she succeeds! When the sun finally rises on Easter morning, she has made it home just in time to bring eggs to her own children. She finds the house in order and all of her children asleep in their beds (this is our favorite page).
As a reviewer once wrote so poignantly…”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.”
Happy Easter! xo