My friend Jeanne Byington who runs a PR firm in New York, JM Byington & Associates, has a blog of her own called The Importance of Earnest Service (http://blog.jmbyington.com/). On 1 May, she had a post about the Children's Books Awards and wanted to know about our own favourites. So, I, of course, commented on some of my favourites and now thought I'd post the first of many on my own site.
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes as told to Jennifer by Du Bose Heyward, Pictures by Marjorie Hack was first printed in 1939 by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston.
It is the delightful tale about how a plain country bunny competes with the big Jack Rabbits to be one of the 5 Easter Bunnies (which I did not realise until now) to deliver Easter eggs around the world. While it is delightfully illustrated and will captivate it's listeners, it also offers a message to our youngest readers (and even those reading it) that just because you may be a plain country bunny, and not run as fast as the big Jack Rabbits in order to succeed on your mission in life, you also need to be kind and wise and even brave. You can buy The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes on Amazon, http://www.amazon.co.uk/.
This is a message not only appropriate for children to hear at Easter time. It is something we should all be keeping in mind day by day. Especially with the global recession. Many of us feel particularly vulnerable and it is easy to get off track and freaked out. It is time to reach out to others, your neighbours, friends and family to make sure they are doing okay and even if it means you give them the opportunity just to have a chat with them to vent frustrations and fear. Let them. We all need to stick together and reach out to others to help us all get through these unnerving times. It's time for us all to be a little bit kinder, wiser and even braver!
That's my little message for the day.
Now onto some other favourite things. You've heard me mention my artistic mother throughout this blog and so I just wanted to show you the two cards we received from her for Easter this year. I'll be doing a bigger post about her in the future - well I could do several as she continues to inspire me with her amazing artistic talents and wonderful outlook on life.
The cards we received this year were a pair of spotted eggs and this delightful striped and dotted bunny.
While I continue to push her to get her site up and running properly, you can see a tiny glimpse of her talent on her website: Jilly Walsh, http://jillywalsh.com/. Email her and tell her you want to see more!!!!