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Apr 21 2014

We're going on an egg hunt by Laine Mitchell and Louis Shea

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Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743620410.
(Age: 3-5) Easter, Rhyming story, Read aloud. Five animals, a fox, pig, chicken, kitten, and a kid goat set out to find eggs at Easter time. Using the same rhyming sequences and refrain as We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, this version resonates with Easter, eggs, chocolate and bunnies, making it a useful tool for Easter time with kids.
The group has to cross the biggest hurdles, a nest, a maze, a lovely garden full of flowers and bees, and finally a warren, which like the cave in Rosen's story, ends with the five bumping into the Easter Bunny in his deep dark warren. They all take fright and run away, running through the obstacles they first had to pass, until they finally arrive at the bird's nest where they started, finding eggs along the way. The last page shows them all covered with chocolate. A fitting end to this story.
Kids will love the tale read aloud, will thrill at the rabbit in his warren, and smile at the eating of the chocolate eggs at the end. Accompanying the book is a CD with the rhyme read aloud, another treat for the listeners. Astute teachers will use this with the original, We're going on a bear hunt (Rosen and Oxenbury) because using the two will underline the humour in the text, the rhyming sequence used by Rosen and the fun of the hunt.
Fran Knight

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