I recently learned that my dear friend, Kelly Connaghan Dengler, wrote a children’s book, Bunny in the Basket, that comes with a plush bunny in the basket that your child can name. The simple story explains to children (and parents) how the bunny works, it’s similar to the Christmas elf idea for Easter time.
Through the bunny, Kelly tries to give parents that extra set of eyes and gives kids a little motivation to exhibit good behavior since the bunny is watching and reporting back to Peter Cottontail.
When our package arrived, I wasn’t sure how it was presented so even though Anna was dying to open the newly delivered box, I waited until she went to school to check it out. I didn’t need to worry, it was child-friendly and packaged with the book and bunny together peeking out through the box. I read the book and left it, with the pale blue bunny in the basket, for my daughter at her place at the dinner table.
When she came home, she immediately spotted the bunny and couldn’t wait to read the book. She was so excited and right away wrote her name in the back and started coming up with names for her bunny. At dinner, we each had to go to the voting booth and vote on a name, she also sought out write-in names. Fluffles beat out Herbert by one vote. Bunford, Bunnykins and Rufis were the losing choices.
She brought her bunny to her room and found the just-right spot, way high up, like the book says. From a parent’s point of view, it’s much easier than the way we do our mischievous Christmas elves, the bunny sits up high and may (or may not if someone forgets) change places. Even though he goes back on Easter with Peter, he loses his magic until next Easter so you could leave him out and not be obligated to make any bunny magic.
Anna is thrilled that we’ve welcomed a Bunny in the Basket into our home this Easter!
*I received no compensation for this post; I received a complimentary set for me to review.