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The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes Hardcover – Nov 14 2003

4.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Nov. 14 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395159903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395159903
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 21.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,215 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

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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
This was my favorite book when I was little & I still love it today. It's a story about Easter & the Five (yes, five) Easter Bunnies who deliver baskets of eggs to children all around the world. These rich, fast & beautiful jackrabbits & hares laugh at the little country girl rabbit for thinking that she could ever become an Easter Bunny. It's about how girls, even little country rabbit girls, don't just have to grow up & get married & have babies, they can be special in other ways just like anybody else. And if they do grow up & marry & have babies, that doesn't mean that's all they can do; they can achieve more than that as well. The other rabbits who think that looks & speed is what it's all about don't realize that you also need to be kind, considerate, caring & wise as well. I don't completely believe that these attitudes are completely dated; you can still find them in lesser degrees anywhere. I think it's a great book with a modern outlook for girls & boys everywhere.
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!
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This book is loaded with sexist, stereotyped script. The 'country' bunny is shunned by the 'big white' bunnies and the 'Jack Rabbits', all who expect her to get married and have babies. Which, of course, she does. After all, she's only a country bunny so she couldn't be smart. However, she proves every 'bunny' wrong as she competes against the 'big whites' and 'Jacks' for the coveted position of Easter Bunny. Not only is she selected, it is her experience as a mother that helped her gain the skills to win the position. And her perserverence to do the job was rewarded with the little gold shoes which help her complete her task of delivering the Easter eggs to an otherwise unreachable location. Although I feel the symbolism very strong, I did not find my nine year old picking up on any of it (he thought it was a delightful Easter story), though my fourteen year old did. There are a variety of ways you can choose to interpret the subtle and blatent 'feminist' messages. Read it and decide for yourself.
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