I reviewed this book as part of a preschool curriculum development for an Easter theme. My 2 and 4 year olds are my audience. They have now read this book several times. On the surface, it's a very simple book about a rabbit who paints eggs. Underneath, it's about a rabbit who's too young to "keep to the task" -- until he's fully appreciated for his personal art style. If allowed, it can cause parents to think about allowing our own children to follow their interests, and can give us a way to introduce different art styles: a good precursor to a art museum field trip.
Ok, so I am giving this 5 stars mainly because this is a much cherished book from my childhood. I clearly remember my mom reading it to me as a young girl. I sought this book out to read to my kids as well.
Orson and his family are much loved at my house. The illustrations, while done in a now dated palette, are charming. The kids love to examine the eggs and other things the family decorates. It sparks creativity at my house. The kids are always ready to paint or draw after reading this.
All in all, if you can get your hands on a copy, you won't be disappointed. I have my original from childhood and it's still in great shape....looking to add 2 more copies to pass on to my kids.
Adrienne Adams was one of my twin daughters' favorite book illustrators when they were small. They are now 26 so I was delighted to find this especial favorite of theirs. The Abbotts are rabbits who decorate their house, their car, airplanes and bridges during vacation, but their real business is Easter eggs. Son, Orson, helps with the one hundred dozen they have to do for Easter because he loves to paint and never tires of it.