Books About Bunnies

Something any classroom teacher will tell you is that kids ( I am talking the little ones 2-5 especially) will talk and role play about holidays for what seems like months after the fact. It’s not just your 3 year old who is still talking about trick or treating at Easter , most kids play and replay holidays a long time after the adults around are done with them. So for all of you who are set to hide eggs this weekend and for those of you who do not celebrate Easter here are some great plain old bunny books for you to enjoy.

A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan is magical. It’s absurd and playful and struck a chord with the goofiness that we are often partaking in at our house these days. The text is filled with dry humor  but even if your child is too young to grab it’s subtlety they will still love how silly it is that this boy has a bunny on his head! The best part is the end and I don’t want to give it away but I will say a bunny isn’t the worst thing you can have on your head.

Ben’s Bunny Trouble by Daniel Wakeman is free of text but easily qualifies as an epic story.  No young adventurer would be board by this book about Ben who is searching for the right planet for his bunnies. This is a great “quiet time”or ” independent reading ” book for kids who aren’t yet readers since the pages are filled with comic book like illustrations by Dirk Van Stratlen with amazing detail. This is one of those books that each time you open it you notice something new. It is however way too long for most toddlers in it’s entirety , though still fun to hunt and peck a page here or there.

Bunnies on the Go: Getting from Place to Place by Rick Walton is awesome … with one little detail that drives me bananas. Ok so the book is great , I loved the traveling theme and the text that had a page turning rhyme that revealed the next mode of transportation that the bunnies would be taking.  See if you can read it before your little detectives yell it out!  After a time or two you will loose with every turn of the page.  That little detail I didn’t like was the bunnies riding in the bed of a pick up truck. Yes the author said it was dangerous but I just wish it wasn’t in the book at all. I still read it and yes I think it ended up being a teachable opportunity but it left me wondering what the author was thinking besides looking for a rhyme. Anyway check this one out for yourself , the great way outweighs the bad and I imagine we will be renewing this one for a few weeks!

A Bunny is Funny by Harriet Ziefert and Fred Ehrlich is a good book but not really funny like the cover claimed, perhaps quirky.  It is still a wonderful book and not so much about bunnies, instead it about a lot of animals and the odd details about them that make them “funny”.  The illustrations are bold and the rhyming text is natural and written in a way that will keep a wide range of ages interested in this quirky look at familiar animals that we nonchalantly accept despite their unusual features.

Easter Relief Painting

I love Easter crafts and we usually make a ton for weeks before the holiday but this is our first Easter activity this year.  We were both so excited with how easy it was to make and how beautiful it turned out to be .  All week I will have even more Easter egg crafts over on FamilyEducation.com .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a canvas ( the tape pulls off it like a dream! ), a roller sponge brush, painters tape, scissors, a plate, and paint.
  2. Start by making a frame in tape. Press hard.
  3. Now make the outline of the egg.  I did these steps, elementary aged kids should be encouraged to try though.
  4. Invite your child to come add the flair! Rip small pieces of painters tape and press them onto the canvas inside the egg.
  5. The ripping is fun and great for fine motor skills.
  6. When they have added all the tape pour some paint on the plate and roll!
  7. Add new colors as the mood strikes!
  8. Get the edges too.
  9. Set aside to dry. 
  10. When dry pull the tape off.

Easter Cupcakes

easy easter desserts

I love making fun treats for holidays but I am completely useless when it comes to decorating cakes. Icing is supposed to be eaten out of the tubs with your fingers right? Maybe that’s just me! These were fun to make and I made a complete fool of myself in Walmart when I realized I could use wafer cookies for the carrot I gasped and high tailed it to the cookie aisle. The poor people in the candy aisle must of thought I was nuts. If only the could have seen these awesome Easter treats!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need cupcakes, icing ( any type will do) , orange wafer cookies ( vanilla) , and edible Easter grass.
  2. Start by making your cupcakes. I am so not a baker, mine come from a box more often than not. Have your kids help .
  3. Cut your wafers in half and cut the corners off.
  4. Carefully slide edible Easter grass into the top of the wafer.
  5. Bake and cool the cupcakes.
  6. Ice.
  7. Press a carrot in the middle.
  8. Enjoy!

Need a healthier treat? Try these Frozen Smoothie Easter Eggs

Book

Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes by Pablo Cartaya and Martin Howard I hate writing bad reviews because I think even bad books can be some child’s favorite. This just might be my daughter’s but it doesn’t mean it’s well written. This book had great intentions , creating characters who are cupcakes and our heroine Tina is one without a topping. This is only an issue because she wants to compete in a topping pageant. You might guess by the title that she wins it. I was hoping that there was some twist or depth but no she finds her topping and wins. That’s it.  The writers were too ambitious and the book just didn’t work. The art work by Kristen Richards was marvelous, scrumptious even and I think it was the super cute illustrations that prompted my daughter to crawl to the book ( yes crawl for the 1st time ever). So I hate giving it a bad review but other than making me really really hungry for cupcakes it just didn’t do it for me or my son.  I am going to copy the recipes in the back for cupcakes and icing before returning it to the library.

More Books About Bunnies

Spring conjures up many images for me and while chocolate bunnies are my favorite type of rabbit these books about bunnies are a close second! These aren’t Easter books, I will do a post devoted to those in the coming weeks and check out our previous Bunny book reviews.

White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker is a classic in my mind and if you have never read it you must. It’s not a complicated story, instead it’s a brilliant book and lesson about color mixing . The cover illustration of the bunny in the paint always makes me think of dying Easter eggs which is another great opportunity to teach about color mixing. Kids love this book and adults reading it will enjoy the fun and dynamic language used to describe the vibrant colors that the bunny plunges into.

Thunder Bunny by Barbara Helen Berger was a big hit with my son although I think I over analyzed it or maybe just didn’t get it.  I kept trying to turn it into a metaphor and really the only way to look at it and it’s magical illustrations is how my son did with wide eyes and acceptance.  Thunder Bunny is different but magnificent kinda like this book. The text is melodic and the illustrations will keep the interest of a wide range of ages.

Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night by Carol Roth is a sweet story of an only child bunny who wants to share a room and go to sleep with someone else. He ventures out to a series of friend’s houses before eventually realizing that maybe sleeping alone in his own bed is what he really wants. My son loved it , he thought the skunk who sprayed by accident promoting the bunny to leave was hilarious and suggested that bunny should just climb into his mom’s bed. I like it because the bunny learns that he isn’t missing out on anything by not having someone to share a bedroom with , that he has the perfect spot for him after all.

Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russel is a calm, beautiful book about two rabbits who find each other and become great friends even thought they are from different places.  White Rabbit is a city rabbit and loves her urban home but is called away by the longing for company. She finds it in a park with Brown Rabbit who is wonderful and plays beautiful music. There is just one glitch White Rabbit misses the city.  I loved this book, my son liked it too but it almost made me cry. My husband and I are from different countries and long distance relationships are so hard , I wanted to jump in the book and tell White Rabbit that . I had to restrain myself  from saying ” The pressure will be too much , the limited time will make them argue and fight.” when my son pointed out that I shouldn’t be sad that White Rabbit leaves the park and goes home because he comes for a visit in the end. But if ever I projected my on experience onto a book it was this , wow. It  really is a sweet tale about friends who can be friends despite physical distance. Oh and the illustrations , they are the very definition of springtime. Lovely.

A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo is a nice book about two bunnies that don’t fit in at school.  This book opened a good dialogue between my son and I as we were reading about how both the tallest and the shortest bunny in the class got picked on.  The students in their class were mean but not purposefully bullying, they excluded these bunnies because they simply didn’t fit. The part that hit me the most was when the teacher lined the kids up by height, and Amelia the tall bunny was always last. It just made me think of how adults so often single kids out without trying to be terrible, but really hurting them. All that aside, the book itself comes to a nice conclusion and I think it’s worth grabbing for any child tall or short or in between.