Betty Bunny Loves Easter
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Michael B. Kaplan's Betty Bunny Loves Easter is the fifth book in the popular Betty Bunny series. Betty often appears self-centered or greedy, but here, after she rejects her family's help in the Easter egg hunt, she learns the value of finding the few eggs she does all on her own. As in all the Betty books, her family is super relatable, and Stéphanie Jorisch's stylized illustrations are wonderful.
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What's the Story?
BETTY BUNNY LOVES EASTER so much, she wants to be the Easter Bunny when she grows up and is counting on having the fullest basket in the Easter Egg hunt once again this year, because "I always find the most eggs." But when she learns that her two brothers and sister have secretly been helping her, she insists on doing the hunting all on her own. She discovers that's a lot tougher and ends up with only three in her basket, "but those three eggs she found by herself meant more to her than any eggs she had ever had."
Is It Any Good?
Betty learns a valuable lesson in this cute seasonal tale, and a final joke about her finding money in her mom's purse all by herself keeps it from being too heavy-handed and saccharine.
A lot of the appeal of the Betty Bunny series is the stylized ink-and-water illustrations of Stéphanie Jorisch and the relatable characters in Betty's family, from her supportive parents to her gently snide older brother Bill, who wears his baseball cap backwards and plays an egg hunt game on his smartphone. There's also a diverse cast of animals involved in the Easter egg hunt -- all bunny-size and dressed like contemporary school kids, upright on two legs -- including an elephant, a rhino, a mouse, a cat, and a pig.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about doing things on your own. Does it feel better when you accomplish something without help from others?
Why doesn't Betty want her brothers and sister to help her in the Easter egg hunt?
What's your favorite holiday, and why?
- Author: Michael B. Kaplan
- Illustrator: Stéphanie Jorisch
- Genre: Holiday
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Holidays
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Dial
- Publication date: February 10, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 5
- Number of pages: 32
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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