Baby animals, decorated eggs and deliveries of sweet treats from the Easter Bunny are the focus of this introduction to Easter for preschoolers.
The holiday is treated as a secular one in this bright and cheery offering first published in Belgium and the Netherlands. An oversized format features a single chick hatching on the cover in a strikingly simple design with internal illustrations in deep, saturated hues suggestive of Easter-egg dyes. The text uses just a few sentences set against richly colored backgrounds facing full-page illustrations on the opposite pages. Slegers provides illustrations with a jaunty, childlike simplicity that features a flattened perspective and thick, black outlines around simple shapes, such as the Easter Bunny waving from the window of his house. The simple story begins with two children decorating eggs and moves on to the Easter Bunny’s methods for acquiring and delivering eggs for the forthcoming celebration. The little boy and girl featured in the book search for their eggs and dress up in new clothes on Easter, but there is no mention of any religious connection to the holiday.
A buoyant, simple orientation to the Easter Bunny for little ones who are awaiting their baskets of springtime treats. (Picture book. 2-5)