Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hippity Hoppity!

Easter snuck up on me this year, but I did manage to find a few goodies for my grandson’s basket. Here's the first item:





Easter springs up brightly and vividly in this interactive novelty book. Every spread in this cased board book features a substantial novelty, including hanging Easter eggs, cards, pop-ups, pull tabs and flaps within flaps.


It was the inspiration!


Easter baskets are typically filled with eggs and bunnies, but this year I decided to include a Jemima Puddle Duck doll instead. She was on the cover of the Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt pop-up book, so I knew it would be adorable. Here’s a link to Castlemere Books if you’d like to purchase one too:

http://www.castlemerebooks.com/WebStore/Beatrix_Potter.html

(They have an adorable selection of children’s books and literary plush dolls.)

Next up:




Written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins

Illustrations by Pamela R. Levy


For more than fifty years, this charming little Easter song has captivated children and adults alike. Now this classic comes alive with vibrant and enchanting watercolors by Pamela R. Levy as Peter Cottontail prepares for Easter, from dyeing the eggs to hiding them for the children. Young people everywhere will love this delightful Peter Cottontail.

Take a closer look at the contents of the Easter basket:


Can you see the Peter Rabbit jelly beans?


YUM!


We also read The Night Before Easter:




Illustrations by Kathy Couri


"Twas the night before Easter, just before dawn, Not a creature was stirring out on the lawn."

The Easter bunny takes center stage in this delightful spin on Clement C. Moore's beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!


Here's our follow-up activity:



An Easter egg!


Materials: Cardstock, white tissue paper, assorted pastel construction paper, glue, and yellow ribbon.

(I hole-punched the pastel construction paper and added dots to the egg.)

And I couldn't resist picking up one small item for me:




(Click here for details.)


Butterfly sandwich, anyone?

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