Age Range: 3 to 7
‘The Night Before Easter’ is a rhyming storybook which follows a similar format to ‘The Night Before Christmas’. We always read ‘The Night Before Easter’ at bedtime on Easter Saturday.
The Story: Easter baskets have been left on the table in preparation for the Easter Bunny’s visit and a little boy and his sister lie in bed dreaming of sweet treats. The little boy wakes up and watches as the Easter Bunny fills the baskets with sweets and lollipops then carefully hides eggs around the house. As the rooster crows the Easter Bunny leaves a note on the table and leaves with his empty wheelbarrow.
We traditionally read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve so it was great to find a similar book to read at Easter. The rhyme is really easy to read and there are subtle similarities to ‘The Night before Christmas’. Kathy Couri’s beautiful illustrations include soft pastel colours and each picture fills a whole double page spread. Aided by a chicken (wearing very cute shoes!) the Easter Bunny goes about his task with infectious enthusiasm and there are so many wonderful details to look at in the pictures. The cat joins in the fun as does a little mouse who creeps out of his mousehole with his tiny basket to collect some goodies. My daughter and I enjoy choosing the sweets that we would like to eat!
This is a lovely story which we also like to read at other times of the year.
Author: Natasha Wing / Illustrator: Kathy Couri