Looking for an Easter idea? This year I’m giving the special little one in my life this beautiful picture book!
Rabbityness by Jo Empson is about Rabbit who enjoys doing un-rabbity things! It’s a great book that not only celebrates individuality but also creativity! It’s a little sad, but I think it has a very positive approach to dealing with loss.
My favorite thing about it is the illustrations, especially the pages that are splashed in color and ink. They remind me of my niece, who’s a little girl with a big personality and a lot of creativity. Her favorite activities are drawing, singing, and stealing her dad’s drumsticks so she can drum on pretty much everything! (She’s 18 months old, and she can already hold a beat almost as good as her dad!)
A tradition I started with my niece is that whenever I buy her a book for a holiday or birthday, I write a short message about why I chose the book for her. My gift at my sister’s baby shower was a starter library for my niece, and in the covers of those books I wrote a short wish or blessing that I hoped my niece would discover both within the pages of her books and in life.
With Rabbityness, I explained why the book reminded me of her as well as why I was giving it to her for Easter. She might not understand my reasons now, but I hope one day when she picks this book up again, it will ring true for her then just as it does for me now.