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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Sept. 9 1939)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395159903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395159903
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

Marjorie Flack (1897-1958) was an author and illustrator of many children's books, including The Story About Ping and The Boats on the River, which received a Caldecott Honor in 1947.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben on March 10 2003
Format: Hardcover
According to this book, there isn't just one Easter Bunny, but five. When one of them gets too old, then a new one is chose by the grandfather bunny. A poor country bunny named Cottontail wants to be an Easter Bunny. She eventually gets older and has many children. She teaches her children to take care of the house. Then word comes around that one of the Easter bunnies needs to be replaced, so all the bunnys go to the Easter Egg palace to see who can become the next Easter Bunny. Cottontail turns out to be the wisest, swiftest, and kindest bunny. She goes to deliver an egg to a sick boy over many mountains. She goes up the last one, but falls. Then the Grandfather Bunny gives her a special pair of golden shoes that allow her to be able to jump super high and fast, so she can get the egg deliverede. This book is well-written, but I don't think the illustrations are very good. It is written by Du Bose Heyward, and illustrated by Marjorie Hack.
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Format: Paperback
DuBose Heyward's 1939 classic, "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes," is surprisingly modernist given the time period in which it was written. When so much of the world was (and is) focused on heroes and men in general, what a gentle and lovely surprise to come across a book which celebrates the rabbit--a lady rabbit!--who becomes the Easter bunny.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Like many other reviewers, I was first introduced to this book in my childhood and have always treasured it since that time. On the surface this is a wonderful story about the young country bunny pursuing her dream of becoming an Easter Bunny and succeeding. Children will identify with the legend of the Easter Bunny and the eggs they bring to children around the world. Like Rudolph the reindeer in Christmas stories, the country bunny takes her place in the ranks of illustrious legend. Despite the mockery of those deemed "better" than her by rabbit society, (rich, powerful male rabbits) she perserveres. It is also a story that I could reccomend for Mother's Day, as this is the tale of a mother and her children and how they teach each other. While the text and style of art is somewhat dated, I think this is one legend that touches the heart and will last. The pictures are simple illustrations that feel similar to the artwork of Peter Rabbit, but nevertheless communicate the story effectively. And may every mother have her own pair of "golden shoes". ^_^
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Like many other reviewers, I was first introduced to this book in my childhood and have always treasured it since that time. On the surface this is a wonderful story about the young country bunny pursuing her dream of becoming an Easter Bunny and succeeding. Children will identify with the legend of the Easter Bunny and the eggs they bring to children around the world. Like Rudolph the reindeer in Christmas stories, the country bunny takes her place in the ranks of illustrious legend. Despite the mockery of those deemed "better" than her by rabbit society, (rich, powerful male rabbits) she perserveres. It is also a story that I could reccomend for Mother's Day, as this is also a story about a mother and her children and how they teach each other. While somewhat dated, I think this is one legend that touches the heart and will last. The pictures are simple illustrations that feel similar to the artwork of Peter Rabbit, but nevertheless communicate the story effectively. And may every mother have her own pair of "golden shoes". ^_^
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By Wm19 on Dec 5 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the most powerful book I have ever read.
The boastful jackrabbits, the aristocratic snobby rabbits, and the male rabbits who laugh when little country bunny tells them that she will grow up to become to be one of the revered Easter Bunnies - are all proven wrong.
Little country bunny grows up, has children, and through the pure goodness of her heart and common sense catches the eye of the Wise Old Grandfather bunny.
Ta-da! He asks her to be an Easter Bunny! After trials and tribulations, her determination, caring, and perseverence carry her through, and she is exalted beyond her dreams by Grandfather Bunny. She is wise, and nice, and very humble.
I love this story because is beautifully written and teaches that those with good and kind hearts, who work hard and persevere, will triumph. Being rich, big, high-born, young, male, does not matter where it really counts - all that matters is what is in your heart.
I first read this as a child growing up in rural Canada - where being Asian, female, poor, and ambitious were all drawbacks - and now I am a successful lawyer in Toronto. This book made a difference for me.
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