Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward, ill. Marjorie Flack
At long last we discover what became of Peter Rabbit’s sister Cottontail.
Sometimes you just want to read a bizarre 1939 feminist take on the Easter Bunny tradition. Right? I mean, am I right? Look, after last week, I wanted to give Kate something old and worth remembering. And this downright magnificent tale of single motherhood, gaslighting, phallocentric patriarchy, and cute bunnies fit the bill. Let’s talk about a book that wasn’t just ahead of its time but, I’d argue, is the gold standard of Easter picture books in this day and age. Don’t believe me? Then you obviously have never read The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes for yourself. Trust me. You’re in for a treat.
Do be so kind as to check out the Washington Post piece A Brown Feminist Easter Bunny’s Inspiring Triumph which really breaks down why this book is so remarkable.
Can you tell which bunny is, as Kate says, “Enjoying his job SO MUCH!” So this page perfectly exemplifies how wide this 1939’s color palette was. LOOK at all these colors! How the heck did this book get away with this array? It’s a Houghton Mifflin title, so could someone go ask them for me?
Wow. Jerk bunnies are immediately identifiable. Who knew that jerks transcend time?
The best line in this paragraph? “And they went away liking themselves very much.” Wow! Has that ever been said better about awful people?
Kate has created a whole alternative narrative here about this bunny with a hat who is secretly a human spy in a rabbit suit, spying on the whole of the proceedings.
Superhero bunny! It’s like the Seven League Boots have been repurposed for rabbits.
You know what these are? These are the world’s most expensive sneakers. The Solid Gold OVO Air Jordans that command a price of $2 million. And this bunny is strong cause those puppies were 50 pounds apiece!
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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