Why Rabbits are Part of the Easter Celebration

Why are rabbits part of the Easter celebration? This might be a question children ask. They may equate Easter only with candy, toys, colored Easter eggs, and rabbits. But many will know it has an important religious significance. A large part of the world  celebrates the glory of the Resurrection and shares the joyful news of the Risen Christ.

In the book How the Rabbit Became the Easter Bunny, the people in Oohs and Ahhs land also had questions over the celebration of this day. Other holidays had various traditions. But there was none that would show the special significance of Christ’s resurrection into heaven. So they asked the Wise Man what to do.

The Wise Man knew the animals were smart and could help him. But what could the chicken do that would show gratitude for the many blessings of rebirth and new life?  How could a pig offer forgiveness, peace, and love. What qualities did the rabbit have that would help deliver special Easter symbols.

This story for children ages 3 to 10 offers a reason why the rabbit is the ideal animal to express the love and hope of Easter throughout the land. Interaction among the reader and listeners is encouraged by imitating the vocal sounds of animals.

Author Bob Bohlken is a noted story-teller and expert in the field of listening. He imparts his love of words, communication, and listening methods in his books. He is the author of four other “listening” books, including Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, Bobby Grow Up While Grandpa Listens, Listening to Rural Midwestern Idioms/Folk Sayings, and Learning to Listen with Significant Others.

If you go to Amazon and order right now, your children can have this beautiful 8 1/2 x 11-inch softbound book on Easter morning, or sooner. They will finally know why the rabbit is the ideal animal to express the love and hope of Easter.


Lee Jackson