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The Story of the Easter Bunny
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Katherine Tegen has been writing stories since she was ten years old. She has always loved celebrating holidays and anything to do with magic. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Story of the Easter Bunny, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert and praised by School Library Journal "This visually splendid story with folktale rhythms makes a good choice for holiday sharing." She lives in New York City. Sally Anne Lambert has illustrated a number of children's books, including The Story of the Easter Bunny and The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen; Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace Fleming; and Barkus, Sly and the Golden Egg by Angela McAllister. Ms. Lambert lives in Liverpool, England. You can visit her online at www.sallyannelambert.com.

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How the Easter bunny came to have his job is told with child-like wonder in The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen, illus. by Sally Anne Lambert. When a "round old couple" who diligently worked year after year painting eggs, weaving baskets and making chocolates can no longer do the work, their pet rabbit takes on the task himself. Muted watercolors of an endearingly antiquated town and the couple's cozy home add to the sweetness of the story. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

PreS-Gr 2-An elderly couple's petite white rabbit observes, assists, then eventually takes over the task of weaving baskets, coloring eggs, concocting candy, and delivering the gifts to village children. When the man and woman become too old to continue their labors, the bunny moves the operation to the woods, where he works inside a hollow tree, assisted by other rabbit friends. Tegen's text teems with sensory details: the eggs were "-the color of daffodils and of soft new leaves and of robins' eggs and of violets." Lambert's watercolors make merry with spring's pastels, providing detailed images of the cozy cottage kitchen as well as the rabbit den. However, some children may be concerned when the rabbit preserves the tasks' secrecy by leaving the humans when they are too frail to carry on. Nevertheless, this visually splendid story with folktale rhythms makes a good choice for holiday sharing.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"Tender and imaginitve...A neatly crafted small fable...Likely to have cross-generational appeal for sharing."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Beautifully illustrated in muted tones and a classic fairytale style."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Text teems with sensory details...Visually splendid story...for holiday sharing."--School Library Journal
"Told with child-like wonder."--Publishers Weekly
"Charming tale...as lovely and inviting as a sugar egg."--Booklist
"Gracefully told...Full of details that young readers will enjoy spotting."--Kirkus Reviews
"This is a charming and heartfelt story about a rabbit helping an elderly couple as they make beautiful eggs for the children of their village each year" (from the article "Egg-cellent Book Gifts for Your Little Bunny's Easter Basket").--Brightly

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