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The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes Hardcover – February 15, 2010
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With elements of Aesop peeping in and out of the text (not the least of which includes the fable of the tortoise and the hare), Heyward manages to make a rabbit with 21 little children sound not only sane, but brilliant. The Country Bunny (or Little Cottontail Mother, as she is called throughout) gives her children each small chores to keep them busy, contribute to the overall quality of their shared family life, and make them feel like valued members of the group. They grow up to be sweet, cheerful, polite, and industrious bunnies, and the Country Bunny uses their fine breeding to great effect to achieve an audition for the role of Easter Bunny.
Heyward's text is inimitably enriched by the sweet pictures of artist Marjorie Flack. The bunnies are plush and adorable, the scenery idyllic, and the colors bright as Technicolor. This is a trip down Memory Lane, even for those who didn't grow up with the book, and a future memory-maker for any child who loves Easter and Easter bunnies.
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.