Synopsis from Edelweiss:
It’s a bright Easter morning, and all of Sesame Street is gathered at the park for the Great Easter Race. Who will win the day? Will it be the turtle, who moves slowly and steadily toward the finish? Or will it be the bunny, who runs faster than thunder, but seems easily distracted? What could be more important for the bunny than the race on Easter? Fun surprises wait around every turn, so come along with Elmo and all the Sesame Street friends!
About: The Great Easter Race! is a children’s fiction written by Craig Manning and illustrated by Ernie Kwiat and Sesame Workshop. It was published on 2/1/2017 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, an imprint of Sourcebooks, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s fiction, and holiday/celebration. This book is intended for readers ages 5 to 7, grades K to 4. According to the publisher’s website, “Sourcebooks’ mission is to reach as many people as possible through books that will enlighten their lives. We are a company bound together by the idea that Books. Change. Lives. For us, it means a passion for books and a dedication to the belief that books change lives. It means innovative publishing, where every book is personal and every author’s voice has a place. And it means not being afraid to say “I don’t know” and forging a new path when we have to. We are a group of passionate, energetic and enthusiastic book lovers, and we are committed to helping readers experience each book.” Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Great Easter Race! for my toddler’s bedtime on 4/13/2022 and we finished it that same night. We have since read it again every night after (well past Easter) per my toddler’s request. An excellent rhyming story. The race with Elmo and friends along with the woodland creatures was cute, especially with the Easter baskets as distraction during the race. My toddler loved finding the hidden bunny in every page. We also had fun locating fun little ducky, chocolate bunny, fire truck, strawberry, cupcake, etc hidden among the colorful eggs on the inside of the book cover. The race looked fun and they seemed to having a merry time. Each one was super happy when each found something to their liking on the race path.
This book started with Elmo and friends at the park. They were getting ready for a race. Big Bird announced the race and the woodland creatures wanted to join in. Big Bird agreed and they all stood in line. The bunny led the race and the turtle brought up the rear. Monster was stopped by a basket of cookies. Ernie was distracted from the race by a basket of duckies. Bert was stopped by pigeons taking a bath. Big Bird saw a nest and wanted a rest. The race went until one winner at the end. A surprise wait for everyone at the finished line.
The Great Easter Race! is a book I will read for my toddler at every Easter: before, during, and after. I loved the smiley characters. They all celebrated the winner at the end of the race. No one was upset about not winning. It’s fun to see Elmo and friends in colorful big shoes while the woodland creatures wore no shoes. The Easter celebration in this book made Easter a fun day. I’m glad to read this book to my toddler and I highly recommend everyone to read this book too!
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author and Illustrator:
Formerly known as the Children’s Television Workshop, Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind the production of Sesame Street. Also written by Craig Manning and illustrated by Ernie Kwiat. (Couldn’t find book on publisher’s website).
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