Children’s Easter Books

I still have a small sack that contains the Easter books I used to read to my sons when they were little.  They are now in college.  Some things are just too hard to part with and their childhood books are one of them.  I have their names written in most of the books and one day when they have children of their own (God willing), I will give these books to them and hope that they also will read them to their children.

These were some of our favorites.

1.  Clifford’s Happy Easter- by Norman Bridwell

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This is a cute story about Clifford, the big red dog, who helps Emily Elizabeth celebrate Easter by dyeing Easter eggs and going on the Easter egg hunt with her.

2.  The Grumpy Easter Bunny- Bu Justine Korman and illustrated by Licinda McQueen

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This is a cute story about Hopper the grumpy bunny. Hopper’s tired of working hard making Easter candy and goodies, only to have to run around like crazy delivering them all over.  He finds it tiring and hard work.  So one year he decides to do something a little different which ends up teaching Hopper a valuable lesson.  I love the colorful illustrations in this book and the “moral” of the story.

3.  Pooh The Very Best Easter Bunny- by Ann Braybooks and illustrated by Josie Yee

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When Rabbit is too busy with his garden to play the Easter Bunny, the residents of the Hundred-Acre Wood search for a suitable solution. Eventually, they discover that it is easier to help Rabbit do his gardening than it is to fill his bunny suit!

4.  The Story of the First Easter- Retold by Bill Yenne

The Story of the First Easter

A story we never tire of reading. Beautifully illustrated, Bill Yenne retells The Story of the First Easter for children to learn and understand the wonderful story of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the reason behind the Easter holiday.

5.  The Day Jesus Died- by Bryan Davis and illustrated by Ron Gordon

The Day Jesus Died

Arch books are designed for children ages 5-9.  The illustrations are also age appropriate.  This book gives ideas of ways to discuss the crucifixion of Jesus to children of this age group.  It’s a great resource for Easter.

6.  The Story of the Empty Tomb- by Bryan Davis and illustrated by Len Ebert

The Story of the Empty Tomb

“The Story of the Empty Tomb” tells the well-known Bible story through easy-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations. Children, ages five to nine, will enjoy these spiritually sound stories that are easy to remember .

7.  Happy Easter Little Critter- by Mercer Mayer

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Mercer Mayer’s popular Little Critter experiences all the joys of Easter, in spite of his little sister constantly tugging at his sleeve. The Critter family goes to church on Easter Sunday. Afterward there is egg-dying and an egg hunt. Little Critter doesn’t like dressing up for ‘Easter but otherwise enjoys a very special family holiday.

Both my kids loved this book.  It was read and reread every Easter!

8. Bugs Bunny in The Little Surprise- by Frank Ridgeway and illustrated by Art and Kim Ellis

Bugs Bunny in The Little Surprise

This is a Golden Little Look-Look Book.  A sweet, short story about the adventures of Bugs Bunny and his friends when they take part in an Easter Egg Hunt.  Bugs comes across a little surprise egg while on the hunt.  Cute book with a cute ending.

9.  Peter Cottontail- by Amanda Stephens and illustrated by Christopher Santoro

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Oh, no! It’s Easter morning, and somebody has stolen all the Easter eggs! Can anybody save Easter? Peter Cottontail can! Here is a delightful illustrated, brand-new story featuring Peter Cottontail as the bunny who saves the day!

10. Precious Moments:  The Wonder of Easter- by Matt Mitter and illustrated by Sam Butcher

Precious Moments: The Wonder of Easter

Celebrating Spring, new life, new things and Easter (the book focuses more on spring than the actual  meaning of Easter but it teaches us about blessings we should be thankful for at Easter time).

Gail ♥

 

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Do You Remember These?

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When I was a little girl, there was a local five-and-dime within walking distance from the neighborhood I lived in.  Every year at Easter time, they displayed dyed Easter chicks in their front window, just like you see in the photo above.  My friends and I would ride our bikes or walk to this store where we would stand at that window and gaze at these very colorful little chicks.  I was mesmerized by them, yet I always felt sorry for them because in my little brain, I imagined the baby chicks just being dunked into a vat of dye.  Even my four-year old little self often used to wonder why the poor chicks didn’t just drown.

I’ve since learned that there are two different methods of attaining dyed Easter chicks. One is by spraying the chicks with the dye and the other is by injecting a non-toxic dye into the still developing egg.  Supposedly, it is harmless to the chick and the dye doesn’t last long as when the chick starts growing its adult feathers, they come in in normal color.

When I was six years old, my dad came home one day with three of these dyed Easter chicks.  One for me and one for each of my two older sisters.  My chick was pink and had the very original name of Pinky.  The other two chicks were green and orange (if I recall correctly, one sister named her chick Tiny and the other was named George).  Yes, after George Harrison, of the Beatles.  (Don’t ask me why).  My best friend down the street had a pink chick too.  I can’t deny these little colored chicks were very popular back in the 60s.

I can still hear my mother yelling at my father when he walked into the house with the box of dyed chicks.  And I can still remember hearing her asking him WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS HE THINKING?!  Did I mention that we had a full-grown German Shepherd in the house?  Yes, a full-grown German Shepherd who would have liked nothing more than to devour all three of those baby chicks.  (Thankfully that didn’t happen).  Yes, my father was in the dog house for quite a while after his little purchase.

Our once calm household soon became quite the scene of chaos.  I loved my little Pinky   but as with most “Easter Pets,” our three baby chicks grew rapidly and we had to make other plans for them.  My mother found a woman at the local drugstore who had a farm who said she would be more than happy to take the chicks off our hands (who by the way all turned out to be roosters).

Within just a few years of my dad’s memorable purchase, I stopped seeing dyed Easter chicks in the five-and-dime store window.  I still saw chicks but they were their normal yellow color.  And while they were not near as visually stimulating to look at, I was somehow glad for them.  I think the whole dyeing process was banned for a while in most of the US. I read that after a 45 year ban, that some of the states lifted the ban and made it legal once again to sell dyed Easter chicks.  I’m starting to see and hear about colored chicks again.

While I don’t  think the process is harmful to the chicks, I can’t say I’m really for dyeing chicks (or any animals for that matter– I hear they also do this to bunnies at Easter time).  It’s just not natural.  Some people say it is stressful on them.  While I don’t think it’s the dyeing itself that’s stressful (it’s a non-toxic vegetable dye that’s injected into the egg), I do think it’s the crowding of the poor little chicks into cardboard boxes for shipping that is the stressful part.  I also think it encourages animals to become throw-away pets.  As a veterinarian, I can’t tell you how many times I used to see families with small children come in right around Easter time with a baby chick, bunny, or duckling.  When I would inquire about the pet months later, the answer I heard was always the same:  “Oh we had to get rid of it because it got much too big!”  Did they not think it was going to grow when they purchased it?  I always found it a little sad.

I think if my father were alive today and you asked him about his purchase of the three dyed Easter chicks back around 1966, he would be the first to tell you that it was one of the biggest mistakes he ever made and one of his biggest regrets.  And one he didn’t forget for a very long time.

Gail ♥

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Monday’s Question

Question:  What reading material do you have on your bedside table this month?

My Answer:

  1. Staying Positive in a Negative World: Attitudes That Enhance the Joy of Living- by Roger Campbell.  I so need this book.
  2. Love’s Enduring Promise (Book 2 in the Loves Comes Softly Series)- by Janette Oke.  About to finish this one up.  I love this series!!
  3. Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers: Coping wisdom for heart and soul after the loss of a beloved feline- by Liz Eastwood.  Hoping this one will help me through my “loss of kitty” grief.
  4. Praying God’s Word for your Husband- by Kathi Lipp.  I came across this book in Lifeway bookstore.  When I showed it to my husband, he said he needed all the help he could get!  :)

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Gail ♥

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Monday’s Question

Question:  It’s the last day of March.  What are a few things you learned this month?

My Answer:

  1. I’ve never liked or cared to fly but I really, really, really don’t EVER care to fly again. How can a Boeing 777 just disappear and no one seems to have any inkling where it might be or what has happened to the 239 people on board?  Very. Scary.
  2. I worry that I’m getting more apathetic as I age.  Sometimes I feel like I’m withdrawing into some sort of turtle shell.  I watch the news on TV or watch television and realize that morality is on the decline in our society.  Sometimes the world seems to be getting crazier, scarier,  and well…. meaner.  And I want to retreat to my “shell” sometimes and just stay there and hide forever.
  3. There’s something about the sound of a purring cat that makes me smile and feel wildly happy.
  4. None of us are promised a tomorrow.  We all better love hard while we’re here on this earth.
  5. If you’re having a bad day, sitting down and writing thank you notes to others can cheer you up like nothing else can.   Reading a good book can do wonders too.
  6. I love Janette Oke’s books.  I’ve always wanted to read her books but never have until recently.  I’m not sure why.  I might just have a new  favorite author.
  7. I haven’t handled my empty nest well at all.  I haven’t “let go” completely or with much ease.  That’s fixing to change.
  8. The older I get, my body has a harder time adjusting to moving the clocks ahead one hour for daylight savings time.  It takes me weeks to catch up on losing that one hour of sleep.
  9. Sometimes people can just do incredibly sweet things for you for no reason and it makes your day…. like when your uncle who lives on the opposite side of the country just decides out of the blue to  send you a 2.5 lb. bag of the most awesome tasting oatmeal!
  10. I have a new favorite Disney movie– Frozen!  Love, love, love it!!!
  11. I can’t wear high heels anymore.  And I’ve decided 54-year-old women probably shouldn’t be wearing them anyway.
  12. I still hate red wasps.  WHY do they get confused and want to spend early spring INSIDE my house and basement?
  13. Worrying really is a big waste of time.
  14. Putting your fish oil capsules in the freezer unfortunately does NOT eliminate fishy burps like some people say it will.
  15. Seeing a freeze-dried dog for the first time was just plain and simply creepy.  I could not do that to my pet (nor could I afford it) but to each his own.

What are some things you learned this month?

Gail ♥

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

In this week’s photo challenge, we are to depict the word reflection.  This photo of my cat Bigfoot, shows (through his reflective retinas) how he was “reflecting” on where his next meal was coming from.  And no, we did not allow him to eat at the table (only in his dreams)!  Ha!

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Gail ♥

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Daily Prompt: Linger

Today’s daily prompt:  Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end. What is it you love about these times? Why do you wish you could linger forever?

I love the season of fall.  Always have, always will.  It comes as such a relief as here in the south we have such hot and humid summer days (which seem to be getting only hotter and more humid with each passing summer).  So fall is always such a time of refreshment for me.  It’s a time I can enjoy being outside without the unbearable heat and humidity that leaves me sweating bullets and where the stifling heat leaves me quite frankly feeling like I can’t catch my breath.

I love everything about fall.  I love walking and hiking in the woods and hearing crunching leaves.  I love the colors of the season– the beautiful reds, golds, oranges and browns.  I love the nighttime chill in the air and sleeping with the windows open.  I love the bluer skies.  I love cooking chili and all things pumpkin.  It’s a time for making and eating pumpkin everything…. pumpkin bread loaves and muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin butter.  Fall brings memories of Halloween, my favorite time of the year when I was a child.  Happy childhood memories come flooding back to me every fall.

So yes, I long for fall to linger when it’s here.  For I know that the hot humid summer is gone and the dreaded cold gray winter is upon us.

Gail ♥

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Daily Prompt: I Believe

Today’s daily prompt:  For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false.

Three things I believe in my heart to be true:

  1. I believe that God is the creator of the universe and that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for my sins.  I believe this is my greatest gift…. the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
  2. I believe animals go to heaven.  Period.
  3. I believe God answers our prayers and that he speaks to us.  Sometimes it’s in the most unlikeliest of ways; in ways we would never expect.

Three things I believe in my heart to be false:

  1. That we reach a point in life when we are too old to learn.
  2. That people are inherently evil.
  3. Probably most of what I read on the Internet!

Gail ♥

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