The Bottom Line
- Jan Brett's artwork is a delight.
- The theme of kindness and sharing is illustrated in both words and pictures.
- The artwork in the borders that frame each double-page spread extend the story.
- While the artwork will appeal to all ages, the story is for young children.
- Author: Jan Brett
- Format: Picture Book
- Recommended for: Children ages 3 to 6
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, A Division of Penguin Young Readers Group, The Penguin Group
- Publication Date: 2010
- ISBN: 9780399252389
Guide Review - The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Overwhelmed by all he has seen, Hoppi hops into the woods to think. Realizing that creating the best egg is harder than he thought, Hoppi decides, "I guess I don't have to win. I just want to make an egg I am proud of." Even that goal slips his mind when he hears Mother Robin squawking and realizes one of her eggs has fallen out of the nest.
Hoppi comes to the rescue, sitting on the egg to keep it warm while Mother Robin cares for the two eggs still in her nest. While caring for the egg day and night, Hoppi endures rain and cold and scary sounds. Finally, the egg hatches.
Meanwhile, the other rabbits complete their eggs and on Easter morning, are there to greet the Easter Rabbit who arrives in a beautifully decorated wagon. The scene of the flowered and Easter egg draped wagon pulled by a team of hens is illustrated on a triple-page spread, with an extra page unfolding to give a panoramic view of the wagon, the Easter Rabbit, and the bunnies there to greet him.
Despite the fact that Hoppi has not decorated an egg, the Easter Rabbit is aware of what he has done. Virtue is rewarded when the Easter Rabbit declares Hoppi the winner, and all of the other rabbits cheer for him. It's nice to find a book about a group competing for a prize who help one another rather than being so eager to win that they treat one another badly in their quest to win. I recommend The Easter Egg for children ages 3 to 6, but older children and adults will also appreciate the engaging illustrations.