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The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes Hardcover – September 9, 1939
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"It is difficult to believe that this very modern feminist tale was originally written in 1939. A gem of a fantasy in which kindness and cleverness win out over size and brawn."--Learning Magazine
About the Author
Du Bose Heyward (1885-1940) was the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed novel Porgy, which was the basis for Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
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Finally, I have a grandchild of my own on the way so I ordered it immediately. I have never been
so disappointed. First of all I, like many others, didn't notice that they have shrunk the book down to a
size that takes away from the beautiful illustrations, they also included a necklace which is not an asset
to the story along, that along with a very large sticker warning of choking hazards (covering up part of
the author information)...and when I tried to remove it,
part of it stuck to the book and left a white, torn, sticky mess. Ruined the moment for sure. Will
not be giving to my grandchild or anyone else.
I really found this to be inspiring. Mama Bunny has to fight the fact that she is small and brown, not elegant and sophistocated. She also has 21 children to raise, but she uses her wits to raise them to be capable young bunnies. And she never gives up, proving she is smart, swift, and brave. These were good lessons to learn as a childn, they are powerful lessons to remind ourselves as an adult.
I highly recommend this book.
Not only is the heroine a mother, but boldly blazes a path in the male dominated business of Easter. It explains that it's actually a team of rabbits, encouraging good moral traits. My daughter drank this up and is finally satisfied with her Easter bunny questions. While a long story, and detailed, it's plot is simple and characters few so that even the youngest can follow. Another wonderful aspect is the language. Unlike modern books which are jarring dialogue (or mindless) with no rhythm when spoken aloud, this book is from another epoch when people still used lovely words that evoke delightful pictures and in a flowing pattern. It is a delight to read 3x a day or more. And to see her sigh at the end, satisfied, which so many of her other books lack ability to do, is the best part.
So if your looking for an untraditional twist with greater detail to the classic Easter Bunny stories, give this a try. My only issue is the small number of illustrations as it is geared not as a picture book but early reader.