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The Easter Egg

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  679 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Jan Brett’s lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, and her remarkable Easter Rabbit will enchant readers as they pore over illustrations filled with dazzling eggs made by Flora Bunny, Aunt Sassyfrass and others. If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit deliver the eggs on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Apr 09, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it

I'm not sure why I can never become wholeheartedly a Jan Brett fan. I think some of her illustrations are absolutely fabulous and others are just so-so for me. But there always seems to be something in the stories that doesn't quite sit right with me, and I don't know why...

Here we have an extremely adorable story filled with super cuddly bunnies of various breeds--they are sooo cute--and lots of beautiful eggs. All the bunnies are decorating eggs to show the Easter Bunny and the winner will be
Mar 31, 2010 Allison rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Brett, Jan Easter Egg 32 pages, Penguin Group (USA); Language~G, Sexual Content~G; Violence~G

It is almost Easter and the bunny rabbits are working to complete their eggs for the Easter Bunny to hide. Every year the rabbits worked hard to make the best, most beautiful egg. If the Easter Bunny chooses their egg then they get to help him hide eggs on Easter morning. This is Hoppi’s first year competing to win the coveted prize. He visits all his neighbors to observe them and get some ideas. Hoppi s
Michelle Doerr
Apr 04, 2012 Michelle Doerr rated it it was amazing
As spring approaches quickly this year, I picked up some spring theme books at the library. I am so happy I picked up The Easter Egg by Jan Brett. This is a beautiful picture book for nursery and primary readers. Brett tells a wonderful story about bunnies who are trying to decorate the best Ester egg with hopes to help the Easter Bunny deliver his eggs. Hoppi feels like he cannot win and gets discouraged. He tends to a robin’s egg that fell from the nest and doesn't realize that he has made the ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-2015
Classic Jan Brett! The Easter Egg is the story of Hoppi the rabbit trying to decide what kind of egg to get for the Easter bunny before he gets sidetracked.

We don't do the Easter bunny and that kind of stuff here, but my son still liked Brett's illustrations which were spot on in this volume.
Katieb (MundieMoms)
It's Easter and the rabbits are trying to get ready before the Easter Bunny comes. Each spring the rabbits gather the perfect items to help them create a beautiful unique egg, in hopes that the Easter Bunny will find their egg the most beautiful. If the Easter Bunny chooses their egg, they get to help him deliver the Easter Eggs.

Hoppi takes readers from rabbit to rabbit who are decorating their eggs, and he's hoping to come up with an idea on how to decorate his own. My kids loved seeing the va
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
It's Easter and the rabbits are trying to get ready before the Easter Bunny comes. Each spring the rabbits gather the perfect items to help them create a beautiful unique egg, in hopes that the Easter Bunny will find their egg the most beautiful. If the Easter Bunny chooses their egg, they get to help him deliver the Easter Eggs.

Hoppi takes readers from rabbit to rabbit who are decorating their eggs, and he's hoping to come up with an idea on how to decorate his own. My kids loved seeing the var
Jan 28, 2016 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, easter
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Oct 04, 2011 Abby rated it really liked it
As always with Jan Brett, the illustrations are wonderful. Each page is an incredible compilation of detail and visual storytelling. The main panels illustrate the main story, but in the smaller frames on the borders, the illustrations show what is going on with other characters. The page borders are a rich arrangement of flora, ezpecially pussy willow, which creates an earthy, rustic feel. The realistic rabbits are all different breeds, and they are in a word adorable! The costumes on the ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I enjoyed the illustrations much more than the story, frankly. I just love the detail and Scandinavian/Eastern European flavor. In this tale, the rabbits are each busy designing an egg that will win the contest and allow them the privilege of helping the Easter Bunny hide the Easter eggs. One rabbit, Hoppi, doesn't know what to do, so he visits the other rabbits for ideas. The most interesting part of the book was seeing all the different types of eggs that were being made--carved wood, painted ...more
Angela Hutchinson
This is a book geared toward the Easter/Spring seasons. In this book, Hoppi wants to make the best Easter egg so he can assist the Easter Bunny on his rounds to hide eggs for the boys and girls around the world. Hoppi goes around to some of his friends and family and get ideas from each of them. Then, Hoppi finds an egg in the forest that had fallen out of a tree. So, Hoppi helps the mama bird protect the egg until it hatches. All of the other rabbits are at the contest waiting for their eggs to ...more
Cathy Blackler
Jun 16, 2010 Cathy Blackler rated it really liked it
Classification: Picture Book

Overall Evaluation: Excellent

Annotation: Bunnies of all shapes and sizes learn the meaning and importance behind the gift of selflessness.

Evaluation: Brett’s masterful illustrations are such that they should be savored again and again, with readers making new discoveries each and every time. Each illustration is exquisitely framed with vegetation and intricate details. From pastel end papers to her beautiful color palette Brett creates a story that is pleasing to bot
Dec 20, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Best Jan Brett book ever because BUNNIES. All different kinds. I have two rescue rabbits from the SPCA and a huge spot in my heart for all rabbits so this book just made me so so so happy. Lops, himalayans, Rex's, angoras and all different breeds were featured in this book. And all were modeled after real rabbits that Jan Brett observed. (She thanks them by name on the dedication page :P) Hoppi is such a cute main character and he resembles Peter Rabbit with his little blue jacket. What a sweet, ...more
Feb 05, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Every Spring the Easter Bunny picks one rabbit who has created the most beautiful egg to help him deliver eggs on Easter morning. Hoppi isn't sure how to decorate his egg, so he travels from rabbit to rabbit seeing a variety of different eggs that are being decorated; some eggs have flowers in them, one is carved from wood, others have beautiful paintings on them. It is only when Hoppi helps out the mother Robin that he creates a beatiful egg without even realizing it! As with any Jan Brett ...more
Rosa Cline
Mar 07, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, easter
The illustrations on Jan Brett's book are always wonderful. Always a center picture and somewhere whether it be in the corners or off to the side another 'story' taking place on each page. Wonderful!

This story is about a bunny that had waiting all year to make the perfect Easter egg for the Easter bunny. He visits many friends and sees what they are doing. Then a Robin's egg falls out of the nest and he knows without warmth the egg will not live. So he sits and cares for the egg... the ending of
Mar 03, 2012 ROBYN rated it it was amazing
I work in a library and I remember the day that we got this book. Working in a library we often receive books before the actual release date so we have a few days to put them together with bar codes and spine labels and such well we received this one early and it took everything I had to not take a peak until the release date, the cover was gorgeous. It was the worth the wait though, the day of the release I flipped through and read the story and stared intently at every page soaking in the ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book shows lots of kindness. The most beautiful eggs are the ones that give life. They are also the most precious. Hoppi gave up creating an egg of his own to help Mother Robin protect one of hers that had fallen out of the nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm and out of danger. He doesn't leave it for anything. This book reminded me of Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss. Hoppi wins the contest and gets to help the Easter Bunny hide eggs for Easter.
Mar 25, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
This is a cute story about a rabbit who wants to create the best Easter egg ever so he can hide the eggs with the Easter Bunny. I used this book in my first grade placement to teach characters. I read the story aloud to the whole group, then each student came to my small group to describe the main character on a handout. For my hook, I showed pictures on my iPad of characters they already know from television and books like Spongebob Squarepants and Junie B. Jones.
Mar 03, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
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Feb 05, 2014 Sweetmongoose rated it it was amazing
The illustrations for this picture book are gorgeous, detailed, magical, and inspiring. The narrative is sweet and cooperative, very positive, very gentle. I loved the maze-like quality of the rabbit "village"; also, each rabbit has a different kind of costume. This book is a rich mixture of the realistic in the depictions of the rabbits and the fantastical in their clothing, creations, and dwellings.
Brittany Perry
Jan 06, 2015 Brittany Perry rated it it was amazing
This is a great picture book for families to read together. The illustrations are colorful but also intricate enough to capture an adult's attention. The story line is also littered with a good moral lesson. Even if you are not exceptionally gifted in one field or another you can still be a winner by doing what's right. The fact that the main character puts aside his own desires to help someone in need is a very nice quality to show in a children's literary character. Such a wonderful book.
Apr 22, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, easter, 2011
This is a sweet tale about Easter, kindness and the unique gifts and talents we all have. Jan Brett's illustrations are as fantastic as ever and we had fun poring through all the pages, looking for any hidden hedgehogs. We also loved the pussy willow border on the pages and all of the beautifully decorated eggs. It was a fun story to read together and perfect for Easter.
Apr 02, 2015 RC rated it really liked it
Jan Brett weaves another beautiful story among her famous illustrations. Hoppi is looking forward to creating the most wonderful Easter Egg so that if he wins, he can help the Easter Bunny deliver the eggs. He works very hard collecting materials for the egg but before he is able to start his assistance is required by Mother Robin - one of her eggs has fallen from the nest. Will Hoppi finish his egg? Read The Easter Egg to find out.
Storytime Books
Mar 28, 2013 Storytime Books rated it really liked it
This book is a great book not only for the Easter holiday, but it shows children that sometimes when you help others in service, it can pay off. It tells readers that sometimes its the thought that matters.

The beautiful illustrations, also done by Jan Brett, are colorfully detailed and capture every aspect of each page in the book. She has also gone and drawn beautiful borders throughout the story that not only add detail, but they give hints to the readers of things in the story to come.
Feb 02, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I pretty much love anything Jan Brett does. Perhaps its because one of my all time my favorite children's authors is Beatrix Potter and I see much of her influence in Brett's work. As usual, her illustrations are amazing in this Easter book, and who doesn't love a bunch of cute bunnies! I think what I love most about it though, is the message that sometimes our talents may not be the highly visible kind- but that does not mean that we can not use them to better our world.
Amy Carr
Mar 18, 2010 Amy Carr rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
While the story is strangely very similar to Horton sitting on his egg (with an easter twist...and a bunny), nothing compares to Jan Brett's exquisite illustrations. I bought the book simply for that reason...and my kids and I have loved looking through the book and noticing all the little details. Story is weak, illustrations are breath taking!
May 02, 2011 Luann rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2011
As expected, Jan Brett's illustrations are intricate and fabulous! I love the variety of amazing Easter eggs she illustrated. The story itself is just okay, but seems better than it actually is because of the illustrations. All Jan Brett fans will want to read this, and anyone else who likes Easter eggs or the Easter Bunny.
Green Bean
Mar 09, 2013 Green Bean rated it liked it
Jan Brett showcases her exquisite and detailed illustrations to tell the tale of Hoppi as he competes with the other rabbits to have the best decorated egg for Easter. Feeling discouraged after seeing how beautiful others have done theirs, he goes to the woods to reflect but stumbles upon an unexpected discovery. Readers will love the surprise in this charming, unforgettable picture book.
Apr 19, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library, easter
35 months - if I ever see this book in the thrift store I'll pick it up. A cute and different Easter story where Hoppi visits his friends who are making unique eggs. He's trying to find his own "style" for making a special egg. Appeals to my artistic side. Jan Brett's book as always is beautifully illustrated.
Mar 12, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, easter
Hoppi hopes to make the best egg for the Easter Rabbit. He sees all of the creative work that other bunnies are doing, but instead he takes care of the lost robin egg. To the surprise of all of the bunnies, the empty blue shell is the winning egg. All bunnies of many different breeds are happy for Hoppi and he will hide the eggs with The Easter Rabbit.
Apr 04, 2011 Katherine rated it really liked it
The is a really cute book about bunnies decorating eggs for a contest, and learning in the process that helping others is the best prize of all. This would be a cute book to read to children who celebrate the easter holidays. Various activities could result from this book where children could decorate their own eggs, count eggs, etc.
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I reme
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