So did you know that it’s Spring? Yeah I know, I keep forgetting too. But no matter what the weather is like, Spring is here, and so is Easter! Eggs, chocolate, bunnies, chocolate bunnies, the whole thing. And as usual, I am here to enhance all that holiday fun with books! Books with poetry, books with lessons, and books with bunny rabbits! Lots of bunny rabbits. So join me in hopping down the Bunny Trail (I’m sorry, just one Easter pun I promise!) as we look at some of the ways to celebrate Spring (especially if you’re a talking rabbit).
This is a classic Easter book written back in 1939, about a cute little rabbit who wants to be an Easter Bunny. Thankfully, she lives in a Rabbit society where there are snobby rich white rabbits with monocles and overconfident jackrabbits who mock little country bunnies when they aren’t being beaten in races with tortoises, and five Easter Bunnies who are chosen by the great Grandfather Bunny, who lives in the Palace of Easter Eggs. How people haven’t caught on to this magic rabbit society I`m not sure, but whatever. She wants to be an Easter Bunny, but she is both a hick country rabbit, and a girl, so that’s never going to happen. So she gets married and does what all rabbits do: has a million babies. Does her bunny army make her dreams impossible? This is a fun little story, and surprisingly modern, with its girl power motif, and message that being a Mom or being a simple country girl shouldn’t stop someone from living their dreams. It’s a fun little piece of late 30s fun, when even though the country was a mess, kids could still read about the magic Easter Bunny world, and the little bunny that could.
Did you ever read the Little House on the Prairie books? It was one of the first book series I ever read as a kid, and it sort of left me with a bit of a soft spot for covered wagon “prairie style” stories. There was something about the great expansive outdoors, and the little family trying to make it in the great outdoors as the grass blows in the wind and the great sun sets in the West. This might be why I liked Dandelions, a children’s picture book about a family moving out to the prairie and trying to survive. But what I really love are the pictures. It’s beautifully drawn, with lots of great colors and pictures of the prairie and the sun and flowers growing. To me, I always associate this sort of story with Spring. The fresh start, the flowers symbolically blooming on the prairie (this happens in A LOT of these sorts of stories), and the importance of the great outdoors. And if nothing else, it will give an appreciation of pretty colors, and your GPS (you could get really lost on those prairies.)
So you might have read some of the things written by Thoreau in some English class, and you may or may not remember it. Thoreau was a 19th-century writer, naturalist, and philosopher who was really into nature and how being in the outdoors could help your emotional and political life. He wrote a lot of things in his life, on a TON of topics, but his favorite subject was nature, and his favorite thing was Walden Pond. Walden Pond is actually not a pond at all, but a pretty sizeable lake (much bigger than you would expect reading this book- I’ve been there, and I swear it’s huge) in Massachusetts where Thoreau lived alone in a cabin for a while. If you want to do some reading about the importance of nature, and the beauty of Spring, this is a good place to look. Thoreau’s writings are generally quite accessible, and he has a lot of interesting things to say about a variety of things, but I love his stuff about Spring on Walden Pond. To me, while it’s not exactly poetry, it’s pretty darn close. Nowadays, Walden Pond is a big tourist place with gift shops and a beach, but it’s still easy to find a nice quiet place to enjoy the outdoors. And that is kind of the point of Spring right? Just sit back, relax, and watch nature do its thing.