Sunday, 12 April 2020

The Country Bunny by DuBose Heyward

I'm revising an older blog post in honour of Easter 2020. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is an Easter classic and worthy of reading every year and not just at Easter. This was one of my all time favorite books as a child but a straw poll of friends and peers reveals that it's a little known title, especially in the UK. I think it's time we change that! 

Originally published in 1939, this little book tells the story of a very brave mother bunny who just happens to be a fine feminist heroine. Despite her age, gender and circumstances, Mother Cottontail earns the noble and prestigious honor to take up a place as one of THE five Easter bunnies.  And she does this while still maintaining a happy home with twenty one young bunnies who all learn how important it is to pitch in and do their bit.  It's no wonder that I keep finding new things to like about this book!

'Wise, and kind, and swift' are the traits that every chosen Easter bunny must exhibit and Mother Cottontail does so in spades. These are important life living qualities to talk about with your little reader. It's a meaningful story with gloriously nostalgic illustrations and it's found a permanent place in our home. Have a read of this title even if it's just for your own pleasure.  I think you'll find it time well spent. Here's to Easter lock down style.

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