Friday 6 April 2012

The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale by Nette Hilton & Bruce Whatley

This is the third Easter Bilby book put out by this duo (The Smallest Bilby and the Midnight Star and the Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games being the other two books).

I find it curious how in the past 10 years or so, Australians have gradually changed the tradition of receiving chocolate eggs from the Easter Bunny to the Easter Bilby. (I use the word tradition loosely as obviously the tradition of giving chocolate at Easter is a modern invention in the first place.)

In fact, the Bilby has become a little like Santa's helpers; an idea that Hilton reinforces at the beginning of this story.
We see "the big rabbits" giving advice to Billy Bilby and his friends as they head out on their Australian run for the first time. They need to be very quiet and not miss anybody.

Naturally there is a mishap along the way. And Billy Bilby has to come up with a bright idea to save Easter for all the Australian bush animals.

This is a sweet story (no pun intended!) packed with loads of wonderful Whatley pictures of the Australian bush and Australian animals. The perfect Easter gift for family & friends overseas.

Happy Easter and Happy Reading.

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