Friday, April 11, 2014

Hippity-Hopping, Easter's On Its Way: Here Comes Peter Cottontail by Steve Nelson

Easter is on its way, and for those family members looking for healthy (or at least non-chokeable) treats for an Easter basket for the very youngest, there is a brand-new book,  a wired-for-sound version of  the evergreen hit from 1950!

Steve Nelson's Here Comes Peter Cottontail!
(Candy Cane Press, 2014) has more to offer than the average seasonal  holiday kiddy book. Within a super-sturdy brand-new board book edition, this one features quite charming and appropriately pastel pink and purple-hued illustrations by artist Jack Rollins.

Peter, an amiably bespectacled bunny, assembles a basket-barrow of spring bouquets, an Easter bonnet and orchid corsage for Mom, colored eggs and a chocolate bunny to boot, "that he's hiding everywhere!" for the children. Along with all the words to the familiar song, two lines per page, to read aloud, there is a large, easy-to-press blue button on the cover which plays a soft and pleasant run-through of the tune, with blissfully only one repetition per push, for sing-along or read-alone fun!

For more Easter basket treats for tots, add Tad Hill's best-selling board book, Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny!, Oliver Dunrea's Ollie's Easter Eggs board book (Gossie & Friends), Laura Numeroff's Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...),  or some weebly-wobbly unbreakable Easter eggs, Playskool Weebles Spring Basket, Lamb and Chick. to brighten up that first Easter basket.

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