Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Easter Egg

I am such a fan of Jan Brett. No matter her book, no matter if I'm interested in the story (which has yet to happen, but I'm just saying...), I adore the artwork. I can't say enough positive things about the beautiful illustrations of Jan Brett books. Every one of them is detailed with such skill and beauty in a world where most children's books are filled with simplistic designs.

The tale is about Hoppi the bunny who is, at first, determined to make the most creative and beautiful Easter Egg out of all the bunnies. He goes from bunny to bunny and looks at their designs, marveling in all, and his helpful friends offer him tools so that he may try his hand at creating a wonderful Easter Egg as well. The bunny who creates the most perfect Easter Egg will be able to go with the Easter Bunny to hide eggs for Easter morning.

Along his travels he meets with a Robin who is panicking because one of her eggs fell from her nest. Hoppi decides, rather than make an Easter Egg, he will try and protect the robin's egg. His selflessness involves sitting through rain and sun and protecting the egg through the dark and frightening night.

Ultimately, Hoppi is praised for his good heart and bravery in the end but you'll have to read the book to see what I mean.

A cute spring time book filled with, as mentioned, beautiful illustrations that detail much of what is seen during the early spring months. From the browned grass to the pussy willow blooms, Jan Brett details all the beauty of spring right down to the smallest detail. I mean, Hoppi has little acorn bed knobs in his room! How adorable is that?

This is a cute addition to any spring time book collections and a nice gift for Easter morning. There isn't any reference to Christian beliefs in it, for those wondering. Go to your local bookstore and check out this adorable children's book.

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