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The Toys' Easter Surprise: A Springtime Tale    illustrated by Susanna Ronchi order for
Toys' Easter Surprise
by Susanna Ronchi
Order:  USA  Can
Blue Heron, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The cover of this oversize embossed picture book displays a glittering spring cornucopia - of Easter Bunny, chicks and eggs, toys and chocolates - with bluebirds looking on.

The story begins early on Easter morning, when Teddy awakens, 'all cold and wet with morning dew' in the garden, where he was left overnight, when the other toys were tidied away. But he soon dries off and is excited to find, hidden behind a flowerpot, 'a big, beautiful, chocolate Easter egg, all wrapped up in colorful yellow paper!'

Teddy's tapping on little Max's bedroom window wakes up the other toys, and soon they all start to collect different sized eggs, inside and out. It's a 'full-scale Easter egg hunt!' And guess who they meet? You're right - the Easter Bunny, who's busy with his chick helpers - hiding eggs. Ooops! Silly toys! But they soon make everything right - and are rewarded for it too.

The Toys' Easter Surprise is a cute story, filled with a variety of charming toys and all the colorful paraphernalia of Easter. Though the tale itself is simple, kids will devour the contents of each busy, bright, bustling page.

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