Favorite Children's Book for Easter

• 20 April 2011
























Several years ago my mother-in-law gifted her grandchildren this beautiful, vintage book and it's been top on my list of children's books ever since (hence, its well-loved/worn appearance). Yes, it's technically an Easter story, but I love reading The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes to the kids whether it's Easter or not--it's just that wonderful from both a literary and artistic standpoint. It's hard to believe the book was written decades ago, as some of the underlying themes are quite modern. Any woman who admires motherhood will appreciate this book immensely.

You can find it online at Amazon or at your local bookstore. If you do purchase one online, keep in mind there are just 20 copies left so snatch yours up quickly! Happy Easter...4 days early :)

Here is a little peek inside:


































































images by Stephanie Brubaker

21 comments:

Annie said...

This was my favorite "spring" book when I was growing up! I love the illustrations and of course the message. Last year I finally decided to purchase my own copy for my future family. Another great book is "Over and Over" by Charlotte Zolotow. We read it every spring, but really it's a four season book. Beautiful illustrations!

Emily said...

I loved that book as a child and seeing those illustrations just brought back a million memories. Thanks, Stephanie. Great choice!

Karen said...

My Mother-in-law gave this book to my twin girls for their 2nd Easter and we LOVE it! I pack it away with the Easter decorations (as I do with all of our holiday books) and it is the first book my girls ask me to read each year after we've decorated for Easter.

CMN said...

Okay, so funny yet true anecdote... I was sitting at home Tuesday night and thinking to myself "I wish I had an extra copy of the Country Bunny to send to the Brubakers in France... ". Seriously - LOL! Too bad I didn't. But now you know I was thinking of it. And you! :-)

sarah said...

I love that book. I remember it fondly from my childhood. I always loved looking at the illustrations.

stephmodo said...

Oh I love that you all appreciate this book like I do! It's such a keeper. Top 5 for sure.

Christine, I seriously can't believe you thought about sending it our way! Wow. I'll have to tell Ben about that one...he will get such a kick out of it! I also thought of you last week when in Amsterdam. i was madly scouring your blog for suggestions as we drove into the city...xoxo

chelsea said...

I grew up reading this book. One of my faves! Thanks for the reminder.

Ohlalamum said...

Thanks for sharing - I love the vintage-y feel of this book! It may just end up in my daughter's Easter basket...

Petra said...

I gave this book to one of my daughters on her birthday a couple of years ago when she turned 5. She has always loved bunnies and this is the book she picks when she gets to take a book in to school to share with her class. You've reminded me I need to find it to read to her little sibs, that and Max's Chocolate Chicken - another Easter favourite (and one that inspires the Easter bunny to leave chocolate chickens in OUR birdbath!)

Rose Tree Originals said...

I adore old books... I've bought several from library book sales for my son with the grand thought to frame the illustrations, and the stories are too good to take the books apart!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

This was one of my favorite Easter books as a kid. I have been thinking about it lately...trying to remember the name of the book. I am so glad you posted this!

felicia said...

Oh how I love this book! It was one of my very favorites growing up and now my kids love it too. Also love The Golden Egg Book by Margret Wise Brown. And the illustrations in The Paintbrush Bunny by Adrienne Adams always made me happy when I was a kid and they still do!

lynne said...

I can never read this book to my kids without crying. It's a little embarrassing.

Chelsea said...

We display this book every year with our Easter decorations ... and this year I spray painted gold a pair of lace-up baby shoes and put those next to the book :) It's a childhood favorite of mine - so glad you are spreading the word!

saltandpine said...

It is my absolute favorite children's book. My mom always read it to me and my sisters. As a child I loved it for its magic, but now as a mom, I love it for its message. I always feel so empowered when I read it to my kids! (And I always cry, too, but that's another story... :) )
Katie

Stacy said...

I checked this book out at our local library after reading your recommendation. I'm so glad I did! Thank you.

Megan D said...

Oh my, I grew up with that story. I'd forgotten all about it. I'll have to check with my mother, hope it's still around somewhere.

catey said...

I loved this book as a child and ordered it when I had children of my own. I admire that rabbit so much and find myself wondering if I am looking at my children's natural interests and abilities and enabling them to develop them. I also love that the book originated as a story invented and told at bedtime by a father to his daughter. Too sweet.

LaDolceMama said...

I have this book, too! (our original OLD family copy.) It's a favorite "spring" book in our home and I'm so excited that so many readers had such nice memories about it, as well! (My favorite images have always been those of the little rabbits doing the housework and the one of the dear little boy at the end.)

love.boxes said...

Love this story and all the pretty Easter colors.

Lola said...

I bought this tale last week thanks to you and I'm sure it's going to become one our favorite Spring readings. The face of my little girl the first time I read it to her was so sweet, totally absorbed by the story!!
Thanks!

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