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Michael Hague's Family Easter Treasury

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ISBN 10: 0805038191 / ISBN 13: 9780805038194
Published by Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Michael Hague's Family Easter Treasury

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Michael Hague

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Illustrator

Edition: First Edition

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Beloved illustrator Michael Hague has brought together thirty-two of his favorite stories and poems in a joyous commemoration of Easter. There are entries for the oldest and the youngest family members to enjoy.

The collection is divided into four sections: A Time of Faith, which recounts the story of Christ's death; A Time of Rebirth, which rejoices in the resurrection; A Time of Celebration, which extols the traditions of the Easter rabbit and painted eggs; and A Time of Love, which celebrates the wonder and new growth of the season. The anthology includes works by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Oscar Wilde, and many others.


Like its sister holiday, Christmas, Easter has become a cultural event as well as a religious holiday. And because traditional Easter customs also represent pagan celebrations of spring and renewal, there is much information for children to digest this time of year. Recognizing and sorting these diverse and fascinating elements in an Easter anthology is quite an ambitious task. Fortunately, renowned illustrator Michael Hague (of The Velveteen Rabbit, The Teddy Bears' Picnic, and The Wizard of Oz) pulls it off with great success. In fact, there are three key reasons why this anthology will become a lifetime keeper. First, the anthology is sensibly divided into four sections: "A Time of Faith" speaks to spiritual belief in a time of death and darkness; "A Time of Rebirth" celebrates the themes of resurrection and renewal; "A Time of Celebration" explores the traditions of eggs, baskets, and bunnies; and "A Time of Love" glorifies nature's wonders and the renewal of a season. Second, the selections are exquisite, with beloved classics such as Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant," William Blake's "Spring," and F.E. Corne's "Why the Easter Bunny Lays Eggs." Third, Hague's generous pastel-and-watercolor illustrations are child-pleasing and versatile--shadowy and somber as Mary mourns the death of her son, and joyfully sunny for stories such as "The Boy Who Discovered Spring." This fine treasury is a wonderful resource for any family that celebrates Easter. (All ages) --Gail Hudson

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