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Easter comes to Victoria – book review

Happy Easter!

I spotted this book in a shop recently and noticed the connection to some of the Christmas books I have read and reviewed, like Santa comes to Australia. It also looked cute so I grabbed it and will add it to my book reviews here.

The Easter Bunny comes to Victoria

Book cover of 'The Easter Bunny comes to Victoria'by Lily Jacobs
illustrated by Robert Dunn
Lake Press, South Melbourne, 2016

Obviously, this is a bit of a trend as when I looked it up, this book doesn’t just cover the states of Australia and other countries (eg Ireland and Wales), it also covers cities such as Bendigo, Canberra, Newcastle) and areas like the Gold Coast.

Age group: preschool to early primary school

The story

Two Victorian children get a new pet bunny who is actually the Easter bunny for Victoria. The bunny travels the state delivering eggs before returning home with baskets of eggs for his new friends.

My review

Not surprisingly, this is a cute little story with some nice cheery pictures. It includes rhymes so will enthrall young children.

Of course, I have to say it’s a pity the story is about a bunny rather than a bilby, especially as the Easter bunny in this book only had to cover Victoria (implying one bunny doesn’t do the whole world). True, bringing a bilby home from the pet shop is quite unlikely, but in fiction all is possible!

The rhymes are carefully done so specifics can be changed in each version of the book – for example, “Melbourne and Portland and Ballarat got treats” is easily changed into cities or suburbs in other places. And things like visiting a ‘tall building top’ can suit anywhere with a different picture – although I can’t see “He smashed a quick Easter six” suiting everywhere outside of Australia!

Having said that, as long as you don’t get books set in multiple places, that flexibility won’t be noticed.

So if you are after a cute little Easter book, this one does tick a lot of boxes and is a nice addition to a seasonable bookshelf.

Shows a page from the book 'The Easter Bunny comes to Victoria'

The Easter Bilby made it – phew!

Some very happy people in our house this morning to discover that the Easter Bilby had found our house – and hidden eggs inside to protect them from the rain 🙂

little girl with chalk & chocolate easter eggs

Chalk Easter eggs were just as exciting as the little chocolate ones!

The Bilby left the littlies a carton of egg-chalks (yes, not so much chocolate and great ongoing activities!) as well as leaving too many little eggs to find.

However, it was nice to see the kids sort the eggs into colours (and into matching coloured construction toys!) and then just eat at will – maths skills and sharing/no greed in one go.

As the Easter Bilby, the Easter Bunny and Santa are friends, we’d like to take this chance to wish you all a Happy Easter – and no belly aches from too much chocolate!

sorting colours of Easter eggs

Sorting colours is a maths foundation skill

colour sorted easter eggs in construction toys

Colour sorted into construction vehicles!

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