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Hop to Easter books

April 11, 2017
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

By Amy Phelps

Get in the Easter spirit with books about bunnies, chicks and springtime!

First is a board book for young children, "The Story of the Easter Bunny" by Katherine Tegen with illustrations by Sally Anne Lambert (HarperCollins, $7.99.) The story starts out in a little house where an old man and woman are making colored eggs while their rabbit watches. They make baskets as their rabbit watches. And then they make chocolate eggs. And when Easter comes, they deliver the basket with eggs and chocolate to each child in the village. The next Easter, everything is ready but the old couple is asleep. So the rabbit gets up on the table and gets everything ready. He then delivers baskets to all the children without anyone seeing him. The next year, he takes over making the eggs and the chocolate, with the old couple's help. But they finally get too old to help, and the children of the village start figuring out where the treats are coming from, so he moves away and works among the bunnies! This is a charming story of the origin of the Easter Bunny.

A small bunny wants to grow up in "How to Be a Bigger Bunny" by Wendell and Florence Minor (HarperCollins, $14.99.) Tickles is the smallest bunny among her siblings. And so often, they forget about her. So she reads her book about how to be bigger. The stories are Never Give Up, How to Be a Pirate and How to Think Your Way out of Tricky Places. And that's when she hears a thump and realizes her family is trapped. Can Tickles use her knowledge to save the day? This is a cute bunny story that teaches the importance of books and learning.

The funny Otter and his stuffed animal friends are back in "Otter Loves Easter!" by Sam Garton (HarperCollins, $9.99.) On Easter morning, Otter finds a bag of small eggs, a bag of jelly beans, 4 medium-sized eggs, 1 pair of bunny ears, 3 big eggs, 12 small eggs in a basket and 1 gold bunny. He tells Otter Keeper the good news, who explains he has to share. But Otter doesn't want to. He eats all the chocolate and then feels sick and doesn't want breakfast. After that, he feels bad and wants to share. It's his turn to play Easter Bunny! This is a cute story about the importance of sharing and of not eating too much chocolate!

Another popular character has a timely Easter story with "Fancy Nancy and the Missing Easter Bunny" based on the creation of Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser (HarperCollins, $4.99.) It's Easter weekend and Nancy and her family get to play host for the class pet, Nibbles the bunny! Nancy and her friends want to do an egg hunt, but they also want to play with the Bunny. And then the bunny goes missing! Can she find the bunny before its too late? This is a timely and funny story for fans of the character.

Caldecott and Newbery Honor winning author Kevin Henkes delivers a simple story with "Egg" (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Four eggs are shown - one red, one blue, one yellow and one green. All crack but the green egg, and three little colored birds fly away. The green egg is waiting. The birds come back and start pecking on it to help. It finally cracks and out alligator? The birds don't think they want to be friends with it! Or do they? This is a cute story of friendship that is a fun spring themed book.

A story of siblings is told in "The Runaway Egg" by Kathy Hudson (Random House, $16.99.) Chick is going to be a big brother, whether he likes it or not. He doesn't see what's so exciting about an egg. But then the egg cracks and two legs come out. Now his little brother is getting away. What's a chick to do but help him avoid danger! This is a cute story of siblings, adventure and eggs!

A simple story of spring gardening is told in "Plant the Tiny Seed" by Christie Matheson (HarperCollins, $15.99.) The book walks the reader through planting a seed, adding water, sun, rain, looking for worms and talking to the plant with actions kids can do along with it. And they can watch as the seed grows into a lovely flower. This is a simply illustrated story of how plants grow that may inspire some gardeners.

A rabbit wants to quit his magician act in "I Do Not Like Al's Hat"?by Erin McGill (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Herb the rabbit likes taking part in Abracadabra Al's act. He enjoys the spotlight, applause and carrots. He doesn't like being in the hat and being pulled out by his ears. He needs a new job - like being a wild rabbit (on a motorcycle?) or being a veggie farmer - except he'd eat all the produce or maybe even being a pet rabbit. He applies to a want ad of a little girl wanting a pet to play games with and soon finds there is adventure, spotlights and applause (and even carrot cake) in being a friend. This is a cute and funny story with great illustrations that would be a seasonal treat.

A bunny attempts to teach his friends to relax in "Yoga Bunny"?by Brian Russo (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Bunny is practicing his poses, but Lizard is tired, Fox is hurrying and Bird has hiccups. They could all benefit from yoga, but can Bunny convince them to give it a try? A cute story about the benefits of excerise, this may get everyone up and moving with bunny!



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