Mary Packard The Great Easter Egg Hunt

ISBN 13: 9780761109006

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

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9780761109006: The Great Easter Egg Hunt

Introducing the great easter egg hunt, an innovative storybook set that's fashioned like a basket and opens to reveal 12 small egg-shaped board books to hide around the house or yard. A twist on the Story Book Set & Advent Calendar series, this book uses a similar premise of little numbered, four-page board books, but with a different purpose. Colorfully decorated like Easter eggs and nestled in a backer, the books are meant to be hidden on Easter morning and then, when they're all found, to be read in sequence. The original story by Mary Packard, who co-wrote The Nutcracker and other titles in the Story Book Set & Advent Calendar series, is a whimsical tale not of one Easter bunny, but of four-Betsy, Bradley, Bonnie, and Ben-who probably should have asked Mrs. Hen before borrowing her eggs to decorate and hide. For a favorite holiday tradition-the Easter egg hunt-it's a new way to celebrate. Illustrated by Carolyn Croll. Suitable for children ages 2 and up.

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This delightful package has everything you need to stage an exciting indoor Easter Egg Hunt--no hard-boiling required! When you open this flat, three-paneled book, you'll discover 12 colorfully decorated, egg-shaped board books, numbered 1 to 12. Hide the Easter egg books around the house for your kids to find, enact the hunt, and when the kids have found all of them, you can all sit down and read them in order. Together, the 12 egg books weave one whimsical, endearing Easter story about four little bunnies who discover the Easter holiday's message of renewal when they borrow Mrs. Hen's eggs for decorating and hiding, only to discover that the eggs are her future chicks. You'll also find a brief history of Easter, and a description of the symbols of Easter--the Easter Egg, the Easter Bunny, white lilies, and hot cross buns. This is the perfect indoor Eastertime activity for any family, and, unlike actual eggs, these little books can be used year after year. (Ages 4 to 8)

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THE CELEBRATION OF EASTER

Honored all over the world as a way of celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter is the oldest and most important of Christian holidays. Easter festivities usually include worship services, a family gathering around the dinner table, and the wearing of new clothes-a tradition linked to an old superstition that it was unlucky not to do so.

Though the exact date changes from year to year and is determined by the timing of the full moon, Easter always falls in Spring. With trees in bud, crocuses and daffodils beginning to bloom, birds building their nests and days growing longer, it's as if the earth itself is mirroring Jesus' Resurrection.

THE SYMBOLS OF EASTER

The Easter Egg, the Easter Bunny, white lilies and hot cross buns-with a meaning rooted far back in time, each has become part of celebrating Easter.

Both eggs and rabbits are ancient symbols of the new life that occurs in the spring. One way of celebrating this vital time of renewal is the custom of decorating and sharing hard-boiled eggs. Hand in hand is the old myth of a hare who delivers the eggs, transformed today into the Easter Bunny.

The white lily, as a symbol of the Resurrection, is the special Easter flower. And hot cross buns were adapted by Christians from an even earlier custom of the ancient Greeks and Romans, who ate bread marked with a cross during certain festivals.

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