Easter is here! And we all know what that means – reading time and lots of it! The extended weekend is the perfect time to relax with a great book (or three) whilst you eat your own weight in chocolate Easter eggs. Bliss!
Now you may be thinking “So which books would be perfect to read during the Easter break?”, and that’s a very good question. There is an absolute tonne of children’s books that centres around Easter, but Easter books for grown-ups are a bit more difficult to come by.
To be honest, I was struggling to come up with even one book for adults that deals with Easter (if you know any, do let me know in the comment below!). Sure, there are books like Harry Potter where Easter is mentioned and experienced, but it’s not a central part of the story. So I’ve decided to do something completely different! I have instead found some classic children’s stories that are perfect for adults too, and all of them feature one of the most (if not the most) iconic Easter animals of all time – the (Easter) bunny!
The five four-legged furry animals in these famous stories are sure to put a smile on your lips (well, maybe not so much the last one, but it’s still a great story), and all of the books are perfect for some light holiday reading (Uhm, maybe not so much the last one, but it is a pretty good story!).
So here are four wonderful tales about five famous bunnies:
1. Peter Rabbit – The Tale of Peter Rabbit
We first meet Peter the rabbit in 1902 when Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ is published. One of only two books on this list to feature a rabbit as the main character, Peter has managed to become one of the most famous bunnies in literature. This is a great little book if you want to (re-)read something sweet and uncomplicated. If you love naughty Peter Rabbit, you can find him in five more books by the same author.
2. Rabbit – Winnie-the-Pooh
Even though he’s not the protagonist, Rabbit is an important part of the little gang of merry misfits from the Hundred Acre Wood. We first meet this bossy bunny in chapter 2 in Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, which was published in 1926. Rabbit is also one of the only animals in the Hundred Acre Wood who can read and write, which gives him plus points in my book! Don’t (re-)read this book for Rabbit alone, though. He may be a great character, but he really shines when he is with the other lovable animals.
3. The White Rabbit – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Next on the list is a bunny in a hurry. When we meet him in chapter 1 in Lewis Carroll’s book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ from 1865, he is running late. Though he may not have a big role in the story, he is extremely important because he is the one who catches not only Alice’s attention but ours too. When we hear that the white rabbit is talking AND is pulling out a watch from his waistcoat, we know that we’re about to go on an adventure!
4. March Hare – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
We all know that a proper tea party ought to have a March Hare. Without one, it can be a pretty dull affair. Luckily, Alice gets to meet the… Uhm… unusual March Hare at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Besides offering wine to a minor, he knows the importance of using quality butter when fixing a watch. The March Hare is completely bonkers, but as we know, “all the best people are”! And he makes such a great addition to the story.
5. Hazel – Watership Down
Alice in Wonderland may have two of literature’s most famous bunnies, but the last book on this list is filled with these fluffy creatures. Published in 1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams features the struggles of a small group of rabbits as they try to find and establish a new home for themselves in the English countryside. The main character is a rabbit named Hazel, who – spoiler – becomes the leader of the rabbits when they reach Watership Down. However, this book has such a fantastic bunch of characters like Fiver and Bigwig that you shouldn’t read it just for the protagonist. With about 413 – 478 pages, this isn’t a “light read” you can finish in five minutes, but it’s well worth the extra time.
I hope this little list of famous bunnies can get you in an awesome Easter reading mood. Have you already read some (or all) of these books? If you have, which one is your favourite?