The Easter Egg

The Easter Egg

by Jan Brett


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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 with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he declares the empty blue eggshell the very best one to reward Hoppi for his kindness.

Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the Robin’s family drama unfolds.

A gatefold surprise reveals the Easter Rabbit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399252389
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 83,030
Product dimensions: 11.24(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

With over forty 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 remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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The Easter Egg 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As is typical with most of Brett's work, this title is absolutely gorgeous. The details in the decorated eggs, the subtle changes in flowers around each page's picture frames, each hair on each rabbit! - all of it is sublime and beautiful. Going through one of her books almost causes over-stimulation of your visual cortex - there's so much to look at! In this title, Hoppi visits all his rabbit friends looking for an idea of how to decorate his Easter egg for the annual egg decorating competition. This gives us the opportunity to appreciate how diversely and interestingly each rabbit has chosen to decorate his or her eggs. All are gorgeous - some very intricate, others beautiful in their simplicity. There's a slight twist to the ending as Hoppi cares for a fallen robin's egg and ends up winning the Easter Rabbit's "best egg" contest. All around lovely, but noted especially for its art.
fnborries on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about Easter with a moral lesson. It is Easter time and all the rabbits are making Easter eggs for the Easter bunny. Hoppi wants to find the perfect egg and make the best one. When he was out looking for an egg to decorate he saw a robin egg. He knew he had to do the right thing and protect it and keep it warm until it hatched. For doing the right thing Hoppi is rewarded for his bravery and courage.
mjhartley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book for children around Easter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The illustrations of the eggs are amazing. Some reviews are criticizing the story. It's fine, but the eggs are what keep the whole family coming back to this book, even the son who's getting older.
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KitNY More than 1 year ago
I have followed Ms Brett for years, her stories are engaging and the artwork is some of the best I have ever seen. If you have little ones this is a book for them. If you have a love of a good read and beautiful art this is for you also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the story leads to an unexpected ending, the story is engaging, teaches a nice lesson and, as always, jan Bretts illustrations are totally awesome, altough this aspect may not be as appreciated by children as it is by adults.
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CamilleNYC More than 1 year ago
This book was just not up to the standards that previous Jan Brett books have set for us. The artwork is without question beautiful, but the story simply did not engage my 3 1/2 year old did the way other's have in the past. She has not asked once for me to read it to her again. I will definitely pause before I automatically buy another of this author's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Brett's illustrations are stunning. The lesson of giving of oneself instead of winning a contest is a great lesson for all students. Beautiful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 7 y.o. daughter bought this book with her birthday money because she says she "loves Jan Brett." The story is great and the illustrations are beautiful. Overall a great book to add to our collection.
magicdragongirls More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old daughter loves this book. She was fascinated by the illustrations and loved the ending to this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely visual. My son and I have so much fun just looking at the bright and colorful pictures on each page. We see something different every time we read it. And the story is a unique creation on how the Easter bunny does his job. I love that it incorporates many bunnies including the main character who finds out that doing the right thing in this book gives him the experience he wants most. What an enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She said, "Oh, this is my favorite author!" when she opened the box that surprised her in the Saturday morning mail. My 7 year old niece couldn't wait to begin reading the Easter books I had sent, and this was the first she opened. Jan Brett certainly does it again with this intriguing story and the gorgeous paintings for which she is so famous. Spring is literally bursting through the illustrations of the birds and flowers and all things natural. I will give this book again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful story with amazing illustrations. A must add to your Easter library.
MormorSM More than 1 year ago
I have been buying Jan Brett's books since my daughter was little and now am buying them for my grandson. The illustrations are wonderful and, as usual, the additional story in the border is always such a bonus. I love her artwork and this book met all of my expectations.
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poohmama More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Jan Brett. Keep them coming.