The Spring Rabbit: An Easter Tale

Frances Lincoln. Mar. 2022. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780711272583.
PreS-Gr 3–Vibrant yellow sunshine whisks away the cold white snow. In its place, verdant greens sweep across the page as Spring, a pale-skinned young woman with green eyes, awakens from her winter slumber. Upon awakening, Spring discovers an injured bird. To rescue the bird, Spring transforms it into an animal better able to warm itself in the cold—a fluffy rabbit. The story goes on to depict the thankful bird community gathering eggs, and the rabbit weaving a basket for presenting the eggs to Spring. In modern folktale style, the Easter Bunny is born. The colorful eggs are delivered to children of many skin tones in a nearby village, where a lively celebration follows. Illustrated in Corr’s bold signature style using gouache on paper, The Spring Rabbit presents a spirited nonreligious origin story for the childhood mascot of Easter that may resonate well during the spring season.
VERDICT A secondary purchase for libraries looking to expand their spring and Easter collections, or where modern folktales are popular.

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