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My First Easter Board book – January 24, 2008

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PreSchool-- Easter delights--egg-dyeing and hunting, blooming potted bulbs, new clothes, the Bunny, and goody-filled baskets--as well as a centerfold of newborn animals and newly hatched birds--are winningly depicted in flat perspectives and a warm palette. A cheery farm family of young parents and four children celebrates the holiday in this board book, useful for identification of secular Easter symbols. It's better illustrated than similar fare, and doesn't attempt any theogical explanations. --Patricia Pearl, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmount Avenue and a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona. He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (January 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448447908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448447902
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his ""singular attainment in children's literature,"" the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his ""continued distinguished contribution,"" and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition for his books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Healthy By Nature on April 17, 2007
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This is a sturdy, durable board book that contains simple yet lovely illustrations of seasonal novelties such as baby animals born in Spring, Easter lilies and bonnets, the Easter Bunny bringing baskets, and the whole family coloring eggs together and participating in an Easter egg hunt on the farm. It takes a quiet, simple, secular approach to presenting Easter and Spring concepts, and, therefore, it is perfectly appropriate for any young child. The emphasis of this book is more on illustration than on text or storyline which is fine because it elicits conversation and the opportunity to teach an infant/toddler about the images depicted. My son just had his second Easter and he still enjoys the illustrations -- specifically finding and pointing out all the eggs and bunnies throughout the book. The only complaint I have is that I wish this book was longer! It positively oozes old-fashioned charm and is sure to please both children and parents alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KSDK on April 21, 2009
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This was a lovely little book for an infant/toddler to introduce them to the Easter customs. It does not touch on the real meaning of Easter, but I don't know that it is easy for a child this young to understand anyway. Simple, bright pastel colored drawings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carrie O'Neill on April 15, 2008
Format: Board book
Our 3.5 month old son really looked at this book...which is saying a lot at that age! We recommend it as a good book for the very littlest "reader."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Maginnity on April 5, 2008
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I bought this book for my 12 month old daughter. It really is a lovely simple book with beautiful pictures and simple words. She will happily sit and look at the book herself. A nice easter gift for any child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Michael on May 6, 2014
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Tomie's art work is great for little ones as the lines are bold, the colors simple and the images clear. The pages are focused with no overcrowding. Perfect for toddlers. Yes, Tomie dePaulo's board books in this wonderful series are too large for little hands to hold but great for adults to read to them. And should the little ones pull at the book, the pages are strong cardboard and will not rip. I have purchased this and many in this series (My First Easter, My First Christmas, My First Book of Carols, My First Mother Goose, My First Book of Rhymes, etc.) for my nephews and nieces from ages 1 to 5. Good for first readers, too! Wonderful!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By annie VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
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We have several of dePaola's children's books in our parish library. I thought this would be a good addition to our Easter section, but I am a little disappointed. With dePaola's Catholic background I thought he would include something about the religious meaning of Easter, but he didn't. It is a cute little book for the very, very young, but I think at least one picture of Jesus and/or the family going to church would have been nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By knowitall on September 6, 2013
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Honestly, I've never met a child that didn't fall in love with Tomie dePaola's books. These "My First" books have very little text (the perfect amount) and rich illustrations. Perfect buy, you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CME on May 7, 2012
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Nice pictures. Does not contain anything about the real meaning of Easter, as Christians see it. However, it is a nice book about what many families do on Easter.
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