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Mar 21 2016

We're going on an egg hunt by Laura Hughes

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Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN: 9781408873861
(Age: 2+) Recommended. Paperback with flaps to lift. Themes: Easter, Poetry, Rhymes.
We're going on an egg hunt.
We're going to find them all.
We're REALLY excited.
Hooray for Easter Day!

Laura Hughes's lively Easter picture book is based on the traditional rhyme 'We're going on a bear hunt.' Four young rabbits start out with their wheelbarrow on the search for ten hidden eggs. The farm setting provides plenty of tricky obstacles, through the sheep enclosure, in the chicken coop, passed the busy bee hives, even at the duck pond there are eggs to collect. The eggs are hidden under logs, flowers, bulrushes and even the milk churn. Each brightly coloured egg is collected in the wheelbarrow, their baskets, buckets and a butterfly net, until they find the biggest egg of all. Hiding behind this flap is a surprise - the big bad wolf. The bunnies hurry and scurry back through the ducks, bees, chicks and lambs dropping some Easter eggs along the way. Of course, they arrive safely back at their house just in time to enjoy the chocolatey treat. Even Mr. Wolf enjoys Easter, munching on the eggs dropped in haste.
This engaging story is just right for sharing with youngsters this is an exciting read-aloud story, with counting, familiar things to find and animals to name. The pastel, watercolour wash backgrounds, rustic settings and charming animal characters make this an entertaining picture book.
Rhyllis Bignell

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