Thursday, April 05, 2007

Easter Books

While most of our Easter books are checked out, we still have several books that you might enjoy about Easter:

Milich, Melissa. Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1997.

Miz Fannie Mae’s husband and daughter are determined to buy her a new Easter hat. Sure, they could easily buy a hat at the General Store, but her husband wants her to have the finest hat he can find. Father and daughter set off for Meridian City in their horse-drawn buggy, dodging the automobiles that choke the town streets. They find a gorgeous hat topped off by eggs, but Miz Fannie Mae is not too happy that they bought such an expensive hat. But father finds an ingenious way to make Miz Fannie Mae accept the hat, and she does indeed wear it to Easter Sunday services. Miz Fannie Mae is pleased with the hat, but she had no idea of the commotion it would cause in church!

This is a warm and humorous story about family and “miracles.” Although the time period isn’t specific, I’d say it takes places in the 1920s or 1930s, given the clothes and the automobiles.

Hoban, Tana. Where Is It? New York: Macmillan Publishing Co, 1974.

A little rabbit is searching, searching, searching. He’s searching everywhere for something, but what is it? Why, it’s an Easter basket just for him!

Tana Hoban (who died last year at the age of 88) is known for her photography concept books. This book contains black and white photographs of the rabbit searching for his basket. Tana Hoban’s books are ideal for toddlers!

Berlin, Irving. Easter Parade. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.

Well, if this isn’t one of the cutest Easter books I’ve ever read. Now, I’m not necessarily a fan of books that are essentially songs turned into text. Some of them work fine for reading aloud, such as A Bushel and a Peck (a song from the musical Guys and Dolls) and Little White Duck, while others…don’t work as well.

As you can guess, this is the title song of the movie Easter Parade. A father bunny is taking his little daughter bunny to the Easter Parade. “In your Easter bonnet/With all the frills upon it/You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade.” C’mon! Look at the illustrations and tell me that you don’t think this is cute. I dare you! Okay, so you’ll have to explain what a rotogravure is (just say that it’s a fancy word for newspaper). Otherwise, this is an adorable book of fancily dressed bunnies, frogs, and even skunks. If this was a Cute Overload blog of picture books, I’d post the cover and go, “Squeee!”

Just a reminder: All Fauquier County libraries will be closed this Sunday, April 8. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 9.

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