I've been through almost eleven Easters with kids, and I would have thought we had covered most of the classic Easter books by now.
I was wrong, and I'm happy to be wrong.
Our library recently received a grant and with it came stacks of new books, I found a brand new shining copy with a cover so lovely that I couldn't pass it up.
I'd never seen or heard of "The Country Bunny And The Little Golden Shoes" by Du Bose Heyward, and the book is a story the author used to tell his daughter.
This is the Easter book every child needs in their basket, and I wish I'd of found it sooner.
A little cottontail girl bunny grows up wishing to deliver Easter eggs, and her dream doesn't go away as she raises her large family of children. She had the heart for it all along and goes on not just to be an Easter Bunny, but one of the bravest bunnies of all.
The artwork by Marjorie Flack (who wrote the famous classic "The Story of Ping") is that charming storybook type that is likely to make people my age feel all warm and fuzzy, and nothing could have fit this story more perfectly than that.
I will say, it's longer and more complex than some of the younger Easter stories, with some full pages of text. That makes it perfect to share with older kids as well, and my nearly four-year-old was able to sit through the whole story with no problem.
It's a rarity such beautiful lessons are contained in such short text, so if you weren't familiar with this book, please don't miss out on it. It definitely belongs as an Easter read.