Betty Bunny Loves Easter

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Bunny sees victory in finding eggs herself in sweet tale.

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Educational Value

Gentle lesson about the value of accomplishing something all by yourself. Depicts the nature of an Easter egg hunt.

Positive Messages

An achievement means more if you achieve it all on your own. A reference to the religious nature of Easter, when the narration notes that Betty and her family arrive at the Easter egg hunt "after church." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Betty works hard to find the eggs by herself, and she pictures herself one day being a dentist. ("Teeth are always in the mouth, where they're easy to find.") Betty's parents are kind and do their best to guide Betty toward good values. Her brothers and sister are loving and supportive. When Betty asks why they would help her fill her basket, her brother Henry says, "We always help you. That's why you find so many eggs." "I guess now you're just old enough to notice," adds sister Kate. When Betty tells them to stop helping and that she'll find the eggs on her own, Kate says, "I believe in you."

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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?

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