Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- Lamb's Easter Surprise Christine Taylor-Butler, illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson (Review)

Published: February 2012
Age range: from 3 to 5
28 pages
ISBN: 1-4027-8622-0
ISBN13: 9781402786228
Board; all in color
8 X 8


This sweet reissued Easter story now has soft flocking on the cover and every spread, so kids can pet fleecy Lamb as he prepares for a surprise Easter party!

“Wake up, Little Lamb! Morning is here. The time for Easter fun grows near.” But before they can play, Lamb and all his friends must gather eggs and dye them; decorate the barn, pick fresh flowers, and make an Easter egg trail to lead a very lucky girl to her special party. Can they get it all done in time? The cuddly animals and lilting rhyme will make this a perennial holiday favorite.

My Thoughts:

When I think of Easter, I always think of cute little animals, including bunnies.  But, a lamb?  -- Not one of the first animals that comes to mind, that was, until I read this Easter themed book with Savannah.  This is another board book sent to me by the folks at Sterling Children's Books.  I have quickly become a fan of this children's publishing company, as all the books I have been sent to review and share with Savannah has provided us with hours of entertainment and snuggle time.  And, with this book, Savannah loves being able to feel the crushed velvet lamb, as I turn each page.  The story in itself is cute, as it shares common Easter traditions like egg decorating, picking flowers and enjoying an Easter party together.  This easy-to-read rhyming book, along with its interactive feature of touch and feel, kept my daughters entertained from start to finish.  As a parent, I loved the adorable illustrations of the baby lamb and its friends, as well as the beautiful spring backdrop, which got me excited for the season, and upcoming Easter holiday.  I can't wait until Easter nears and I color and decorate eggs with Savannah for the first time.  I plan to read this book after our egg decorating party, and look forward to sharing this book with them for years to come.

About the Author and Illustrator:

Christine Taylor-Butler is the author of Sterling's A Pony to Love, in addition to several other children's books. She has also written two easy readers for Scholastic's Just for You! series. Christine lives in Kansas City, MO.

Cathy Ann Johnson is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, in addition to several children's titles. She illustrated poet Nikki Giovanni's The Girls in the Circle for Scholastic's Just for You! easy-reader series. Cathy Ann lives in Kansas City, MO.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the author in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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