As Spring has officially started (though given the weather today, Spring’s appearance seems a little doubtful at the moment), I thought for my book of the week I would choose a Spring-themed book. Blue Manatee has a wonderful selection of Spring, Easter, and Passover books in the window display, and as I perused my choices, one cover jumped out at me. Now I know you are never supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it’s just too easy to do so. The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown (with pictures by Leonard Weisgard) has a lovely cover of a beautifully decorated egg and a sweet bunny. Throw in the fact that Margaret Wise Brown is the author of such classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny and I couldn’t resist.
The Golden Egg Book tells the story of an all alone bunny who finds an egg. He can tell there is something in the egg, but he can’t think what. He wonders if maybe a little boy, or maybe another bunny, or (rather improbably) a baby elephant are inside the egg. The bunny decides to try to crack the egg open to meet who or what is inside. Now, as he’s just a little bunny, he doesn’t meet with much success. Before long, his efforts wear him down and he falls asleep by the egg. What eventually hatches from the egg is a little yellow duck, but more importantly, a friend for the bunny hatches from the egg.
Truly a charming story perfect for the Spring time!