Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes {a review}

Written in 1939 by Du Bose Heyward, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is the charming story of a mother's love for her family and the pursuit of her dream to one day be an Easter Bunny. 

Little Cottontail dreams of being one of the five Easter Bunnies. Mother bunnies teach their children to be kind, wise, and swift because only the kindest, wisest, swiftest bunnies will grow up to work for Grandfather Bunny. He lives at the Palace of Easter Eggs and is in charge of picking the five Easter Bunnies.

Cottontail voices her desire to be an Easter Bunny, but the fancy white bunnies and the quick Jack Rabbits laugh at her and send her home.

When Cottontail grows into a woman she marries and becomes a mother to twenty-one babies. Cottontail loves her babies and sets aside her dream of delivering beautiful eggs to little boys and girls.

She devotes her time to her children, teaching them to work together to clean their house and how to cook, how to sing and dance, garden and paint, and how to be polite.

One day she hears that one of the five Easter Bunnies is retiring and Grandfather is going to pick a bunny to take his place. Cottontail calls her children to her, and they travel to the Palace to watch the event. Cottontail feels sad because she feels like and old mother bunny and thinks that she has no chance to be picked by Grandfather Bunny. Grandfather Bunny sees that although the fancy white rabbits and Jack Rabbits are fast, they are neither wise nor kind.

When Grandfather Bunny watches Cottontail with her children, he knows that he has found a very kind, wise, and swift bunny, but he think that she is unable to leave them. Cottontail assures Grandfather Bunny that her children are very responsible and will take care of their home and each other during her absence.

On the night before Easter, Cottontail sets out on the journey of her dreams. She experiences hardship, but she perseveres and is rewarded by Grandfather with a pair of little gold shoes. On Easter morning, Cottontail happily returns home to her sweet children, bringing eggs for them to celebrate Easter.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is a tale about kindness, perseverance, and the importance of a hardworking, supportive, tight-knit family unit. Cottontail put her dream of becoming and Easter Bunny on hold during the years she spent raising her children, but it is through her thoughtful teaching and determination that her children help her to realize her dream later in life.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is an excellent story with lovely illustrations, and it is one of my family's favorite Easter books. I highly recommend it!

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  1. We are reading this now, too!! Love it!

  2. I love the illustrations in this book! Have a blessed Triduum and Easter, Erica. Thanks for joining the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  3. What a great story! And these vintage pictures make me want to own a copy!

  4. Thanks for the recommendation and for taking part in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!!

  5. What a fantastic find! I am absolutely going to find this one :) I like the ideas of perseverance and hardship and the lesson about not letting go of your dreams no matter how old you are. Thanks for sharing this one at Kidlit Bloghop.
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks


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