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The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

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The country bunny attains the exalted position of Easter Bunny in spite of her responsibilities as the mother of twenty-one children.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 3rd 1974 by Houghton Mifflin Company (first published September 9th 1939)
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This seems like sort of an old-fashioned book at first glance, definitely from before the mid-century explosion of children's picture books. But reading it again as an adult, I see how revolutionary it really is. The Country Bunny is told she can never be an Easter Bunny for a variety of reasons: [a] she is brown [b] she is rustic [c] she is a girl bunny [d] she is a mother. Although we are talking about bunnies here, undercurrents of race, class, and gender run through this book like freight tr ...more
Nikki Spencer
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this children's book many years ago, and although the plot confused me as a child I liked the book--you can't go wrong with bunnies!

Then, as an adult, I read it again.

The story FLOORED me.

As a mom of three very young, very active children (one of them special needs) I was slowly but surely disappearing. My "me" was lost, and I sorely missed it. Although I loved my kiddos and being a mother...had I missed my chance to be something? (Here we could go into the debate of how motherhood is th
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written in 1939. It's a classic in every sense of the way. On the surface, it tells the story of a little brown country bunny who would like to become one of five world-wide Easter Bunnies.

It's important that the bunny is brown because there is a scene where the rich white bunnies make fun of her for never possibly being good enough to become an Easter Bunny. So yes, this book is about overcoming racism. Written with a can-do spirit by a white man in 1939!

However, the book has ano
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-preteen
This story is about how wise bunnies can become Easter Bunnies if they are smart enough or if they run fast enough. This must mean that stealing vegetables out of Mr. McGregor’s garden isn’t a wise choice of jobs.

So Cottontail decides that she wants to be an Easter Bunny, but a Jackrabbit told her that that was foolish because he could run faster than she. Well, in time she grew up, but she got married and had 21 little bunnies. And Jackrabbit laughed.

As the babies grew she taught them how to c
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Without a doubt this is one of my favorite books to read to children. DuBose Heyward is famous for many books but this is the only children's book he ever wrote. He made up the story at the request of his daughter and eventually had it published. The tale is set at Easter and the grandfather bunny is too tired and old to continue so a competition is held to select the new Easter Bunny. The Country Bunny has 21 little bunny children whom she has taught various household skills such as washing dis ...more
Kari Sommers
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This is one of my favorite books from childhood. I bought a new copy to share it with my boys, as mine was falling apart (literally). Well worth the investment! This book was originally published in 1939, and it has the best portrayal of working motherhood in any picture book I have seen. Did I mention it's from 1939?
If you have kids, you must read it to them. If you don't have kids, read it anyway. You won't regret it.

One of my favorite quotes:

"One day a little country girl bunny with a brown
Theresa Marsala
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a children's book published in 1967 about Easter Bunnies it sure touches on topics in an underlying way that are still relevant today. Race, Gender stereotypes, wealth (or lack of) & motherhood are all addressed with regard to social conventions & it's crazy to see these are still hot topics today! The plot was a lil far fetched but it is a children's book about an Easter Bunny after all! But I enjoyed the underlying message which is Yes, regardless of being brown, country, poor, a m ...more
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zeke
This is a very strange story about a determined little country bunny who manages to run a perfect household (mainly by using her excellent delegating skills), raise her 21 children to be well-behaved and accomplished, all while enjoying a great career as an Easter Bunny, delivering eggs to the boys and girls of the world.
We all wonder if it is truly possible to balance motherhood and career, and give equal weight to each. This bunny has done it and done it to perfection. And maybe when Zeke is
Erma Talamante
I recall this one as an Easter story that I read to my brothers oh, so long ago. It was a cute story about how the littlest one can sometimes be the best of all, and if you grow up humble, you will be loved.

Or something like that.

Will have to borrow this from the library for the little one, and see this again.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"when one of the Easter Bunnies grows old and can no longer run fast, the old, wise and kind Grandfather Bunny who lives at the Palace of Easter Eggs calls the bunnies together from the whole world to select the very best one to take the place."

oh my gosh this book was adorable and wonderful and inspiring all at once. it's about a little girl country bunny who has a dream of growing up to become one of the five Easter Bunnies. she tells her dream to other, more grown up bunnies and they just lau
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby-h-books
This is the longest book my mom has ever read to me! I heard her tell my grandma I needed a nap and she thought it would put me to sleep, but I stayed up until the very end!

Mom says she loved this book as a little girl and she loves it even more now because it turns out to be a tale about a working mother who beats the naysayers with class, kindness, and hard work. I thought it was just about some nice bunnies, but OK! -M
Even better than I remembered. Art, moral, everything.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing better than reading Country Bunny and loving it as a child is sharing it with your own child. Little country bunny is laughed at by everyone when she says she would one day like to be one of the five Easter bunnies that take eggs to children all over the world. She grows up, has a family, and settles with never realizing her dream until one of the bunnies retires and she is given her big chance. Her kindness, wisdom, and bravery help her achieve her dream.
One of the greatest picture books ever, I read this over and over as a kid. The story of a sweet little brown mother rabbit who dreams of being an Easter bunny is just utterly delightful. The pictures are simple but I love the color palette, which seems to have sort of gray undertones that somehow remind me of Easter eggs.
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
The Country Bunny is a true lady. I love what it says on the back of the book. It's difficult to believe that this very modern feminist tale was originally written in 1939...A gem of a fantasy. - Learning
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Self confidence, perseverance, a woman achiever who manages to mix work and kids and has great love for kids, and gorgeous pictures of beautiful Easter eggs. What more could you want from a book?!
Jean Frost
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite children's books.
Kimberly Probst
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book inspired me as a child!
Amy Adams
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
DuBose Heyward is a pretty big deal in these parts. He was born in Charleston, and he wrote the novel Porgy (which eventually was adapted into the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess) while living here at Folly Beach. So, there's a local historical connection that makes this work significant to me. I also think there's a lot more symbolism behind the story than is credited to it.
The illustrations, by Marjorie Hack, have that old-timey Easter feel, which I like. The colors are so vivid and bright!
Rochelle Sondae
1939!!! Such a different world. WWII was on the horizon. Rosie the Riveter was a few years off. Jackie Robinson was in college (he debuted in 1947). I mention him in particular because I had to look up the meaning of the phrase "before you could say Jack Robinson" and thought it referred to him. It doesn't. There are so many other subtle stereotype bending references that given the original publication date I am curious to know how many children of that time were read this book and could referen ...more
This is the other of my sister's and my most-beloved books of early childhood. For years I had forgotten what it was called, but had a distinct memory of a little Easter Bunny taking a beautiful egg to a sleeping child. While in college, I was looking for books for my nieces and was excited to find it once again.

When I was a child, I think it was the pictures that captivated me. As an adult, and now a mother, I love how it shows all the work, planning, time-management, and love that goes into do
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just re-read this classic, which was first copyrighted in 1939. Wow, how things have changed!

In today's market, this would've been considered too long and unfocused. Plus, I found that it had elements of sexism, subtle racism, and abuses of the child labor laws. Ha!

In the end, the problem was solved by the hand-of-God rather than the main character solving it for herself. If I had received this for critique, the poor author would've been chastised beyond belief.

But, the art is wonderful and co
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have magical memories of this book so when I saw it on someone's goodreads account, I quickly added it. I can't wait to get it at the library and relive the magic. was even better than I expected! As a child, the magic was in the piles of colorful Easter eggs at the palace, the five swift Easter bunnies, and the final most beautiful Easter egg of all. As an adult, I love, love, love the against-all-odds-and-others'-opinions, the rewarded-for-goodness, and the be-a-good-mother messages--
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just bought this book for my daughter. This was one of my favorite books to read as a child. The story and the pictures are priceless and invite the imagination to wander. I highly recommend buying this as a bedtime story for your kids, they will love it. I recently read it in my daughter's class (they have a parent come in a read the child's favorite book for their birthday in lieu of treats or cupcakes) and my daughter was VERY worried that the boys wouldn't think it was cool. The boys actuall ...more
Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)
Logan just loves this story and how can I not love a 1930's book that pits a little brown mama bunny against a bunch of arrogant male rabbits and ends with the mama bunny besting them all!? Way ahead of its time. It was not uncommon then to read of young, single women or girls doing tomboyish things, like Nancy Drew. But I don't recall anything where a busy mother manages to still get and hold down a demanding job. Very sweet pictures and an unusual take on the Easter Bunny myth. I never mind re ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books as a child. I'm not sure why, exactly; but reading it now, I am touched by the little country bunny who is raising her (21) children all by herself and is tasked with the enormous and very important job of delivering all of the Easter eggs all around the world when the previous Easter Bunny falls ill. This is a difficult task, and her last delivery is a very difficult one and she is afraid she will fail the little boy who is looking forward to her visit. In the ...more
This is a favorite from when I was a child that our daughter now enjoys. It is a great read at Easter as it relates to the Easter Bunny, but we read it year-round. This is a favorite book though because of the themes it contains. Themes include the importance of everyone helping mom around the house (yeah!), believing in yourself and setting goals, the importance of educating children, the value of different talents and contributions we make in our homes, and the power of mothers and how they ca ...more
The Reading Countess
The tale of a beleagured mama rabbit with 21 little bunnies to care for takes on a new adventure: Easter Bunny. After assigning her babies household chores, she hops off to be the fifth Easter Bunny. She thought caring for all of her furry ones was hard, but delivering baskets worldwide is a real challenge. When the Easter Grandfather assigns her with the hardest task of all, she is able to fulfill it and save the hopes of a sick child far, far away with the help of her special shoes.

Very much
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I drank this book as a child. I loved the devoted mother and was enchanted by the creative jobs given to all of the rabbit children and thier united, happy demeanors as they all worked together. I loved the "old, wise and kind grandfathers" powerful gentleness, and more than anything, I loved "the beautiful, sleeping boy".

As a mother, the story can become tedious, when read over and over and over again (which is what my children requested), because it is a bit lengthy and not especially poetic,
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I loved this book when I was little. I remember the lovely illustrations and recall admiring the very determined mother bunny... I loved the part when they all dart off across the field for the eggs - she being just a simple brown bunny, not fast like the traditional jackrabbits, was out of place, but she was sure she needed to do this for her children... I could practically feel the mother bunny's heart racing to the top of the mountain, there's something about having a grass roots, life or dea ...more
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Edwin DuBose Heyward was a white American author best known for his 1925 novel Porgy. This novel was the basis for the play by the same name (which he co-authored with his wife Dorothy) and, in turn, the opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin.

Heyward was born in 1885 in Charleston, South Carolina and was a descendant of Thomas Heyward, Jr., who was a signer of the United States Declara
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“Cottontail knocked on the big front door and was admitted to the Palace. There she stood in her funny country clothes but none of the other four Easter Bunnies laughed, for they were wise and kind and knew better.” 4 likes
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