March 20, 2013

Golden Egg Book

We’re big fans of Margaret Wise Brown, and “The Golden Egg Book” is one of her many delights.

“The Golden Egg Book” tells the story of a little bunny who is all alone, until one day he comes across an egg.

He tries his best to break it open – he shakes it, jumps on it, rolls it down a hill – but to no avail. Eventually, he is worn out by his efforts. As the bunny sleeps, the egg suddenly cracks open and out jumps a little yellow duck. The duck tries to wake the bunny – he jumps on him, rolls him down a hill and so on. At last the little bunny awakes and finds himself with a new friend, never to be alone again.

The sweet illustrations by Leonard Weisgard make it a lovely little Easter story. Each page of the book has a border of different flowers and plants which make you feel like Spring has arrived for good, and the bunny and duckling are both perfectly snuggly.

Brown and Weisgard were frequent collaborators, working on 15 picture books together. Other books written by Brown and illustrated by Weisgard include “The Important Book” and “The Little Island,” which won the Caldecott Award in 1947 (the same year “The Golden Egg Book” was published).

Happy Easter weekend everyone!

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