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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever wondered how the story of the Easter bunny and colored eggs began? Well, there is a tale of a certain bunny, William Jackrabbit, that occurred just outside the small village of Annaheim in Saskatchewan on Canada’s vast prairie. One winter, William Jackrabbit brought his young family to live in a barn full of farm animals to escape the mean fox who was trying to eat them for his dinner. Once settled in the barn, the Jackrabbit family learns the fox has been stealing the hens’ eggs. The conflict intensifies and closer to Easter it comes to a head, one that started a tradition in Annaheim of coloring eggs at Easter and sharing them with the children.
Susan Hathiramani’s early chapter book story, The Tale of William Jackrabbit, is a charming tale of a jackrabbit family and their animal friends on a prairie farm. With simple language and a simple plot, this story will appeal to young readers. Written in the storytelling style of Gene Stratton-Porter, this compassionate retelling of the original Easter bunny and the colored eggs he always brings at Easter will warm the hearts of young and old. The story is told with grace and care, making the characters, mostly animals, both believable and loveable. There is plenty of dialogue to move the story along and the colorful images at the beginning of each chapter add a touch of elegance to the already superb tale. The author has also provided some historic details of Annaheim and the Dauk family, one of the early pioneering families, whose original farm is the setting for the story. A real gem of a story not just for Easter but any time.