Happy Easter by Kurt Wiese was orginally published in 1952, but it is not an Easter book that I grew up reading. It’s a shame because it is a wonderfully sweet book that I would consider a staple for any Easter basket.
In the story, two little rabbits go out to collect eggs to paint and hide in people’s gardens. It is almost Easter and they are short on time. The two little bunnies can only find one hen who has to be strongly convinced to give up her eggs that she has been sitting on for three weeks! The bunnies take them home and paint the eggs with colors left from the last rainbow. As they paint, they receive a wonderful suprise!
The illustrations are simple but have that “vintage quality” that is making a comeback in many hot picture books today.
The text layout is a bit strange as some sentences oddly break from one page to the next. It is something to be aware of when reading aloud or perhaps to point out to a young reader when doing a book introduction.
Spoiler alert: To understand the craft for this book, you have to know the ending to the story. The wonderful suprise is that the eggs begin to hatch. Each chick that comes out of the egg is the same color as the egg was painted! There are no Easter eggs that year only beautiful chickens.
After reading the book, we made a fun color match. I found pom poms in the color of our Easter eggs. We glued a large and a small pom pom together to make a chick. You could make these fancier or even just use a single pom pom to represent a chick.
The boys matched the chick to the correct egg and closed the egg. This was a fun activity because my two year old could participate but my three (almost 4) year old really enjoyed it too.
What is your favorite book to stuff in an Easter Basket? I shared a few of ours last year. The Easter bunny is looking for some new suggestions for this year!