The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes Hardcover – Nov 14 2003
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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 . 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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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.
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.
I read this book recently to my nephews. I don't think my nephews really believed this story about there being Five Easter Bunnies but I do!
Most recent customer reviews
At 60 years old I still love this book I read as a child and to my four children and now my four Grandbabies. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sanwils
absolutely one of the best Easter stories of all time! the pluck and grit of this mother bunny is inspiring.Published 21 months ago by Barbara Gebuhr
In 2004, I am 45 years old, but this book has been a part of my whole life. I was first exposed to it by my mom , and it is part of my earliest childhood easter memories. Read morePublished on April 27 2004
This is a well told story about a mother bunny and her many children. I pull this book out each spring; my children really enjoy the story. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by britneyxyz
This was my absolute favorite book as a child! It's really one of the only ones I remember besides my Mother Goose book. I bought it for my step-daughter and she loved it as well. Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by Heather Willard
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. Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by Ben
This book was given by my mother when I was 5 years old.It made me so happy the moment I read it.It was a good book because the book tells you that whatever you want to do,you can... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2003
I am hoping to order a hard copy of this book for my son, who is now 10 1/2 years old, for Easter. This book has been one of those that we read almost once a week - I read it to... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2003 by Mary Hires