One of my favourite books of all time, even from when I was a child, is "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes" by Du Bose Heyward, illustrated by Marjorie Flack.
My family enjoys having me read it aloud too, not just at Easter, although, being as part of it's theme is about Easter Bunnies, it is often pulled out around here at that time (yes, I do know the true meaning of Easter, and we do make certain to make sure our kids know how important this time of year is because of Jesus' sacrifice-but we do still enjoy Easter eggs and bunnies too!-no thanks to anyone who feels the need to "set me straight" :) )
This book is about a little mama country bunny, who grows up to have a lot of little bunnies!! As a young bunny, her dream had been to become an Easter bunny. But, when she grows up and gets busy taking care of her growing family, this dream is put on the back burner, and she is even made fun of for having so many babies!! She is a wonderful mommy bunny, however, who does a terrific job teaching her little ones to do things to help around the house, and no doubt her experiences with her little ones help her to grow in patience, and kindness, and wisdom-and even swiftness, as she chases all her little ones!! Then-she is given an opportunity to become an Easter bunny-her dream come true!! And because of all she is and has learned, and because of how well she has raised her little bunnies-she is actually able to experience this dream!
It is just a beautiful book (the illustrations are as lovely as the description of this wonderful little mama country bunny), and so inspirational! I very much want to be just like the kind, wise, sweet mama bunny described within it's pages!
(as a side note-Marjorie Flack has written or illustrated several other books that our family also enjoys, including "Angus Lost" "The Story About Ping" and "Ask Mr. Bear")
3 days ago