I love getting to take a sneak peek at Scholastic Book Club selections every month and share them with you. This month I chose to peek at their Easter Picture Books. This 5 pack of Easter themed books is a great mix of stories focusing on different parts of the holiday. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win all 5 books from Scholastic Book Clubs.
The Best Easter Prize – by Kristina Evans is a sweet (maybe too sweet) book about doing the right thing. It’s Easter morning and after church is a big Easter egg hunt and whoever finds the most wins the prize. At first, our heroine can’t find any but then she hits the jackpot only to find a crying friend who has an empty basket. Of course, she offers her some of her eggs (sweet) but then they cross the finish line holding hands (too sweet). My dislike of sickly sweet picture books aside, the story as a whole is cute. My kids enjoyed it and the lesson is valuable.
by Steven Kroll is another story about cooperation and how two helpful hands are better than one, and a whole bunch of hands is way better! Clayton and Desmond both want to win the town’s biggest Easter basket competition but after making their own baskets they sneak a peek at the competition and realize they don’t stand out. Luckily as the story progresses they figure out working together is key. My son loved this book but some younger friends (young 4-year-olds) lost interest in the middle. I love this author and I love how working together is presented in a practical way instead of simply because it’s the right thing because I think the former is easier for young kids to grasp.
Peter Rabbit’s Happy Easter – by Grace Maccarone is an interesting tale about how Peter Rabbit became the Easter Bunny. The book has a few loose ends I really wish would be tied up but before I get to that let me give you a quick taste of the book. The story is how Peter wants to make his mom forgive him for being naughty so he steals ( although he doesn’t see it that way) eggs from neighboring farms to give her as a gift. Before he gives them to her paint falls on them and they get colored all different beautiful colors. His mom tells him not to steal and so he returns them at night becoming the Easter Bunny.
Ok, here are my issues… I don’t mind naughty characters, in fact, I usually really enjoy them. But sneaking back to return something you stole without apologizing left a bad taste. I know why the author wrote it like that to turn him into the Easter Bunny, but it still didn’t sit well with me. The illustrations by David McPhail really stole the show. I thought they were beautiful.
The Best Easter Eggs Ever! – by Jerry Smath is my favorite book in this pack. The story follows the Easter bunny and his 3 young assistant bunnies as they prepare for their big day. The Easter Bunny is getting tired and a little bored of his polka dot design for the eggs and decides to send out his assistants in search of new designs. The little bunnies head out with one egg and paints to all different places to find inspiration. When one of the little bunnies is captivated by the night sky she doesn’t notice how dark it is and how lost she has gotten. The Easter Bunny and his other assistants find her and in the morning the new designs are celebrated.
My son loves an inside look at any sort of secret places like the Easter Bunny’s or Santa’s workshop so he was drawn into this book immediately. I liked the illustrations and how detailed they were, it certainly got me excited about Easter.
The Night Before Easter – by Natasha Wing is an Easter version of the classic “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. With fun pictures and an Easter Bunny so joyful I wanted to apply for his job. This book was a hit at our house! My son was engaged through the whole book guessing at the rhymes and listening intently from one page to the next.
Of all the books this was the only one that really engaged my toddler as well. She pointed out animals and loved the little boy in the book. Great Easter book.
Now that you know what all the Easter Picture Books are about, do you want a chance to win them? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us:
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Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the Easter Picture books to review. Copies were also received to offer as a sweepstakes prize. All opinions are mine.