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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Binny the Bunny by Steve and Jean Goodwin, the Easter holidays are fast approaching and the Easter Bunny Team is looking for three new recruits this year. Binny believes she stands a good chance of making the team. However, the other bunnies think otherwise and are very cruel to her. Binny is different from the other bunnies; one front paw is larger than the other, her ear is bent over and her fur is a different colour. Follow Binny's determination to prove everyone wrong and reach her goals against all the odds. Binny manages to prove that everyone has unique gifts that they can use to make a difference to the world and those around them. Binny not only triumphs but changes the traditions of Easter forever.
I found the concept of this story simple but with such a powerful message cleverly threaded through it. I thought the illustrations were superb with so much detail, such as the little creatures around Binny with supportive smiles even though the white bunnies were showing intolerance. There are opportunities on every page to discuss the life lessons of the story with your child. I loved that Binny had confidence in herself and I feel that came from the encouragement of her parents. I found the cruelty of the other bunnies quite emotional at times, and that for me is a testament to the great storytelling ability of the authors. The message of tolerance of others and the importance to forgive those who are hurtful is told in an innocent but powerful way. What a great addition this would make to every child's bookshelf, as well as school libraries as a tool to teach that respect for everyone, regardless of their differences, is vital.