Saturday, March 23, 2013

Everthing About Easter Rabbits

Charlotte and I laughed out loud at this book.  We first read it months ago, but I think we're due for another read.

Wiltrude Roser 1972
translated by Eva L. Mayer

It's all about the hard working Easter Bunnies and how they must work in school (they even get homework!) and gather the eggs carefully from the hens.  The pictures are pretty funny (I loved the sly reference to "Slovenly Peter") and I like the combination of text with handwriting.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

I picked Charlotte up from school yesterday where she had her Easter party and came home wearing handmade paper bunny ears.  I love when the pre-schoolers are sent home wearing things on their heads- it's so cute!  We picked up our free Rita's water-ice (even though it was freezing out) and came home for a nap.  Charlotte put down her bunny ears and picked up this book and nap time was even better.

Du Bose Heyward
pictures by Marjorie Flack 1939

What I really love about this story is that the heroine is a little country bunny momma.  When she was a little girl she wanted to be one of the handpicked Easter Bunnies, who are quick and clever.  She grows up and before she knows it has 21 baby bunnies! 

And by and by she had a husband and then one day, much to her surprise there were twenty-one Cottontail babies to take care of.

She gives them all jobs to do and teaches them to take care of the house.  Then old Grandfather bunny sees how clever and brave and fast she is and gives her the most important Easter Bunny job of all.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Happy Day

The first day of Spring and it's cold here and there's talk of snow.  But at least my tenacious crocuses and daffodils are undeterred.

Ruth Krauss 1989
pictures by Marc Simont

In this book by Ruth Krauss, even the animals are happy to see a sign of spring!  They wake up from their sleep and "sniff and run" to the one bright spot of color in the black and grey illustrations.

Other books with Marc Simont's illustrations:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Boss Baby

This book needs to be given to every new parent.  Frazee's pictures are hilarious.  The new baby that arrives in a young (retro-looking) couple's life immediately takes charge.  He sits in his walker like a desk with his bottle and baby monitor on hand and bosses everyone around with his demands.  I can't help but crack up every time I read it.  It's definitely going to be my standard baby shower gift from now on.

Marla Frazee 2010

Other books illustrated by Marla Frazee:

Monday, March 18, 2013

Suzette and Nicholas in the Garden

I don't know how the days flow by so fast but before I know it weeks are gone!  And it seems Winter is not ready to loosen it's hold.  Even I, a cold weather lover, have had enough!  So for yet ANOTHER day without sun, threatening of sleet and snow, here's a pretty picture book to escape into.

Satomi Ichikawa 1986

Maybe it's the children's names, but the story feels European to me- I'm imagining some country house in France.  It's also written in present tense (like the Babar books).  Three children explore the garden around their home. They admire flowers, find the vegetable patch, see bees at work gathering nectar, and watch the goldfish in the pond.

At one point brother and sister sit on the garden wall and Nicholas explains about the wide world beyond their garden.

This is too much for Suzette to understand.  She will think about the world another time.  For the moment the garden is big enough.  'Let's go in and have tea,' she says.  'I feel like some toast and honey.'

Sometimes I feel just like Suzette!