Cottontail: A small bunny with a big dream.


Cottontail is a small bunny who wants to be an Easter Bunny, one of the bunnies who delivers eggs on Easter Day. She is also mom to 21 children and spends her days taking care of her bunnies.

When Cottontail gets a chance to compete for the Easter Bunny job, she hops to the Palace where  interviews are taking place. The other bunnies - who are all faster and stronger - make fun of her for being small and poor. Each bunny has a turn to show off their talents and explain why they should be the Easter Bunny. When Cottontail’s turn arrives, she shows how raising children brought her many talents, such as being kind, wise, and fast. Is that enough to become the Easter Bunny? 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
My favorite thing about this book is its message: You don’t always have to be the strongest, the richest, and the fastest to be good. Other traits are also important. In addition, it carries a very strong and very important message that girls and women can be just as good, if not better, than boys and men. Although I would mostly recommend this book for children, its message is universal and can be appreciated by anyone.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Young readers will cheer for Cottontail! This seasonal picture book helps kids see that there is more to being successful than the fastest or the biggest!

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is a seasonal picture book about how a rabbit got to be the Easter Bunny.
Educational Themes:

Although the focus is Easter, this is a book with themes that are valuable all year 'round. Judging others jumps close to the top, and there are opportunities to ask about how your child would feel if they were Cottontail.

It is also a great book about believing in and being true to yourself. Cottontail looked at her life experiences and how they made her who she is. What things would your child talk about for themselves? What would you share with your children about what you've learned as their parent?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 8
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is fun to read a couple of times, but it is unlikely to last more than one Easter season.

Title The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
Author Dubose Heyward
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers © 2010 (Anniversary Edition)
Illustrators Marjorie Flack
ISBN 9780547144184
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.99
Genres Animal Character, Easter, Christian, Children's Classics
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