THE GREAT EASTER RACE! by Craig Manning

THE GREAT EASTER RACE!

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Familiar characters from the Sesame Street television show join a rabbit and a turtle in an Easter morning race and celebration.

The race participants include eight well-known characters from Sesame Street, joined by several animals. As soon as the race gets started, a gray rabbit leads the group, and a turtle immediately lags behind. The rabbit surreptitiously provides a different distraction for each race participant, while the turtle plods along, aiming for a win with his “slow and steady” pace. The bunny can be spotted in each of these encounters, magically producing treats, toys, and a maypole to distract the runners. The turtle finishes first, with the bunny bringing up the rear and then providing a spread of Easter baskets and goodies for all to share. The rabbit is not identified as the Easter Bunny, and the fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare” is not specifically referenced, but these omissions give a quiet, extra layer of meaning for adults to explain or for children to discover on their own. The short, rhyming text establishes a cheerful tone and includes humor and dialogue appropriate to the characters. Jaunty illustrations have a hand-drawn look with scratchy highlights in animal fur and grass, and Elmo in a bunny suit on the cover draws Sesame Street fans into the story.

A sweet if slightly fluffy Easter treat with a sprinkle of kindness on top. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4926-3837-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2017




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