Anthony DeStefano. The Story of the First Easter Bunny. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2024. Hardcover $17.95. eBook $9.99. 32 pages. Available from the publisher.
Ever since I was a little girl, Easter has been my favorite holiday. While it’s true that I am somewhat of a chocoholic and spring fills me with delight, I think my love of Easter went deeper. Although Christmas was imbued with excitement, I felt like Easter had a certain peace and hope that could simply be enjoyed.
The Story of the First Easter Bunny reclaims the true meaning of Easter for the young — and young at heart. Children will learn about virtue through the selfless journey of a young bunny who demonstrates courage and compassion in his adventure to find healing for his ailing mother. Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano’s masterful rhyming helps little ones enter the rhythm of the final days of Jesus and experience the glory of His resurrection.
Indeed, DeStefano penned a “‘wonderfully creative” story to “capture the imagination of children,” shared Dr. Dick Eastman, Every Home for Christ president.
In his CatholicLink article, “Should Catholic Parents Allow Their Children To Believe In The Easter Bunny?,” DeStefano explains the advantage of utilizing secular symbols to teach children about spiritual truths. “This interpretation offers a fresh and meaningful way to connect the secular symbol of the bunny with the profound religious significance of Easter. Thus, while the Easter Bunny itself is not inherently Catholic, it can be effectively employed by Catholic parents as a ‘spice’ to add to the festivity of the Easter celebration, without replacing the ‘meat’ of the Easter banquet. Such an approach not only preserves the joy, innocence and fun of childhood but also instills a deeper, richer, understanding of the Christian faith to children. An additional benefit, of course, is that, by essentially ‘baptizing’ the Easter Bunny, we can cleverly strike back at the secular culture and turn its worldly message to our advantage.”
Reviewers shared that this is “A story your child will love.” “This book is perfect for teaching your kid about true celebration of Easter while allowing them to enjoy the sweetness of the beloved Easter Bunny.” “This is such an incredible creative story about the first Easter bunny. A story of love and renewal that will be the perfect addition to your Easter traditions.”
Beautiful illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist, Randy Cowdrey enliven each page and help share the faith with young readers. In this delightful book, children – and adults – will bask in the peace and hope of Easter anew.
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