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Tuesday 19 April 2011

KBR Recommends: Vintage Easter Books

Looking for a really cool vintage Easter book? Here are KBR's recommendations for some egg-cellent Easter reading.

Easter Egg Farm by Mary Jane Auch
(Holiday House, 1994)

Despite her yellow feathers, the personable Pauline is a hen of a different colour - a sensitive fowl unable to 'concentrate in all the confusion' of the henhouse. Her eggs, when they do appear, are of assorted vivid designs and colors, influenced by the objects she has just seen.

Mrs Pennywort, the farm's owner, senses an Eastertime gold mine and begins taking Pauline on field trips for inspiration. Nature takes its course, however, and soon kaleidoscopic chicks emerge from the shells. In time, Pauline's chicks produce their own coveted eggs, and mother enjoys a well-earned, colorful retirement.

The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing
(Grosset & Dunlap 1999)

Twas the night before Easter, just before dawn, not a creature was stirring out on the lawn.

The Easter bunny takes centre stage in this delightful spin on Clement C. Moore's beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!

My First Easter by Tomie dePaola
(The Trumpet Club, 1992)

The importance of both family and sharing are emphasized in this board book with simple descriptions about Easter celebrations by acclaimed dePaola.

Sparkling glitter and velvety flocking highlight Tomie dePaola's bright illustrations, while his easy-to-follow text explains the special traditions associated with this special time of year.

The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher
(HarperCollins, 1968/1998)

From the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ to the origins of springtime rituals and their connection to the biblical traditions, this lovely book provides the basic facts about the history of Easter, Passover, the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, and other forms of religious and secular symbolism.

The emphasis is on the symbolism of new life and new hope in the hearts of people, whether in Christian celebrations or in spring festivals.

The author includes instructions on decorating Easter eggs, as well as a recipe for hot cross buns. 

A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor
(Aladdin, 1941/2004)

A little girl prepares for Easter by asking the chickens to lay her plenty of Easter eggs and dreaming of a wee fawn that makes her light as thistledown and takes her on a journey past shiny-coated rabbits, lambs frolicking among buttercups, and stardusted daffodils.

Esteemed artist Tasha Tudor has looks through the eyes of a child in this lovely book. Using delicate watercolours, Tudor revisits her childhood memories and dreams of Easter.

A reissued 1941 classic, this book pays tribute to the celebration of renewal while transporting readers to another era.

The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown
(Little Golden Books, 1947)

Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it?So begins the Golden Easter classic about a bunny—and a little duck that is about to hatch.

Little Golden Books have long been prized by vintage book collectors for their charming illustrations and gorgeous storylines that encompass another place and time.

The Golden Egg Books is no exception. The newest release of this book was published in 2004 and features an elaborate egg on the cover.

Other vintage suggestions:
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
Owen’s Marshmallow Chick
Easter Bunny
The Easter Egg
Spot’s First Easter
The Story of Easter
The Story of the Easter Bunny