The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes written by Dubose Heyward illustrated by Marjorie Flack is one of my favorite Easter books. Its main character is a bunny with self-confidence and perseverance and she is a woman who is able to juggle work and children. Amazing when you consider the book was written in 1939. I fell in love with the story the first time I heard it and the illustrious author and illustrator only added to my appreciation of book as an adult.
Taken from The New Yorker
Posted by Kelly Bare on March 16, 2010
“The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes” was published in 1939 by Du Bose Heyward, who is most famous for “Porgy and Bess” (he wrote the novel “Porgy,” co-wrote the play of the same name with his wife, Dorothy Heyward, and wrote the libretto and some of the lyrics for Gershwin’s opera). It’s illustrated by Marjorie Flack, whom you probably know (if you know her) from “The Story About Ping,” and it is the kid-lit total package. Lyrical writing, glowing illustrations, fuel for the imagination, a sense of humor, and, of course, a message: plucky little girl bunnies who defy prejudice and believe in themselves can grow up to become fully actualized lady bunnies who raise smart, happy, kind children and do fulfilling work outside the warren.
The book began as a bedtime story Heyward would tell his daughter, Jenifer. Little brown-skinned girl cottontail wants to be an Easter bunny (there are actually five, don’t you know), but is told by the “big white bunnies who lived in fine houses” and “Jack Rabbits with long legs” to “go back to the country and eat a carrot.” And “by and by she had a husband and then one day, much to her surprise there were twenty-one Cottontail babies to take care of.” Oops! But she doesn’t defer her dream for long. She raises twenty-one industrious, self-sufficient little bunnies who both keep her house and help her nail her Easter-bunny audition. She then goes on to become an Easter-bunny legend for her bravery—bolstered and refined, of course, by raising almost two dozen rabbits.
I found this great composite on the blog page of Emily Winfield Martin. A lovely blog site from an incredibly talented artist. Oddfellow’s Orphanage and The Black Apple’s Paper Doll are favorites and it looks like Dream Animals will be added to my must-have list.