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The bunny who found Easter
Zolotow, Charlotte, 1915-2013.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
A lonely rabbit searches for others of his kind from summer through winter until spring arrives and he finds one special bunny.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 43023.
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In print for almost forty years, Charlotte Zolotow's The Bunny Who Found Easter has delighted generations of readers. A lonely bunny goes hunting for Easter, where he hopes to find other bunnies. His search takes him through the seasons, but only in the spring does he find the true meaning of Easter. To this heartwarming story Helen Craig has lent her own original interpretation. As multiple stories unfold in each piece of art, viewer and reader are drawn into the poetic, song-filled text.This new rendition of an old classic is sure to charm readers young and old.

Author Notes

Charlotte Zolotow was born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro on June 26, 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, where she took classes in art, writing and child psychology. She began her publishing career in New York, in the adult trade-book division of what is now known as HarperCollins, but eventually took a job in the children's division. As an editor, she presided over her own imprint, Charlotte Zolotow Books. She was named publisher emerita at HarperCollins in 1991.

Her first picture book, The Park Book, was published in 1944. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 90 children's books including Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, My Grandson Lew, William's Doll, The Hating Book, and The Seashore Book. In 1998, the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison's School of Education established the Charlotte Zolotow Award, which is an American literary award presented annually for outstanding picture book writing published in the United States in the preceding year. Zolotow died on November 19, 2013 at the age of 98.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. If the title sounds familiar, it's because the story was originally published in 1959 with pictures by B. Peterson. If the book looks familiar, it's because the illustrations seem so timeless and so right. Craig, best known as the illustrator of the Angelina Ballerina series, brings new life to the old story of a little bunny, alternately hopeful and dejected, who wanders alone through a year, searching for Easter in order to find the company of other rabbits. Reflecting the tone of Zolotow's tale, the ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil artwork creates detailed and often charming scenes of fantasy through well-defined line and delicate colors. A welcome new edition of an appealing picture book. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

First published nearly 40 years ago, Zolotow's ingenuous paean to spring, a time "when everything lovely begins once again," indeed feels reborn with Craig's (Angelina Ballerina) winsome illustrations. Combining full-page spreads with smaller panels and spots, her ink, watercolor and colored-pencil art draws from a sumptuous palette of Easter egg colors that reaches full bloom at tale's end, when spring finally catches up to the lonely bunny in search of companionship. When a sleepy owl tells the solo bunny that "there are always rabbits at Easter," he attempts to hunt the place down. Youngsters will be tickled by this misunderstanding and will enjoy having a leg up on the long-eared fellow. Equally gratifying are Craig's renderings of the antics of a diminutive mouse who trails and apes the wandering bunny. In the spirit of a true quest, both travelers are rewarded for their journey: each ends up with a loving mate¬Ďand seven offspring. Snuggling with his brood, "The bunny's heart throbbed with happiness at this wonderful earthsmelling sunlit bunny-filled world." Like the endearing protagonist, Zolotow's unabashedly sweet, endearing tale of new life finds its match with Craig's gentle landscapes and cuddly characters. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A freshly illustrated edition of Zolotow's classic story, originally published in 1959. A lonely rabbit, seeking companionship, is told by an old owl, "There are always rabbits at Easter," and a place called "Easter" becomes the object of his quest. After traveling through the forest and through the seasons, the bunny finds a mate and finally understands that Easter is "a time when everything lovely begins once again." Zolotow's stylistic trademarks-tender lyricism, poetic prose, and a compassionate tone-continue to satisfy children. Craig's charming pastel paintings in ink, watercolor, and colored pencil bring the bunny to life. A mouse accompanies him throughout his journey, adding humor and reinforcing the message that no one is ever really alone. The animals have lots of character, as seen in the droop of an ear, a befuddled expression in the eyes, a gesture of the arms, or even the line of a whisker. Sturdy and sheltering trees form backdrops for most of the scenes. Update your collection and introduce a new generation to this sweet, joyful tale.-Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.