Easter Morning, Easter Sun Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“Anderson tucks careful, child-friendly details into the simple compositions, rendering flora and fauna with greater realism than the bipedal, clothed felines. The fact that one of the assumed parent cats is a black cat is a nice change from the usual stereotypes around black cats….This Easter story focuses on things like springtime renewal as opposed to delving into the religious background of the holiday. Instructions for preparing decorated eggs close the book.

A simple, secular Easter story best suited for younger readers.”

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School Library Jounal

“Rhyming text paired with jewel-tone images will encourage children to read and rhyme along using picture clues. The truly courageous can pair this with an egg-coloring project. VERDICT Purchase for large collections and include in Easter or spring holidays programming/displays.”
–Heather Maneiro, Glenn Elem. Sch., Durham, NC

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Publishers Weekly

“The creators of Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round reunite for this easy-to-read secular celebration of Easter, which features a community of multicolored cats….A mellow color palette and expressive characters mark Anderson’s approachable art, done in oil-based colored pencil and mineral spirits, rounding out this simple seasonal offering. Back matter includes instructions for Easter egg dyeing.”

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Youth Services Book Review

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 What did you like about the book? A family of cats and mice come together for an Easter celebration on a beautiful spring day–and there is even an appearance by the Easter Bunny at the end of this story. The rhyming text shows all the wonderful things about Easter – hot-cross buns fresh from the oven, pastel colored decorated eggs, beautiful Easter outfits with fancy hats, an Easter egg hunt, and a yummy picnic outside. All the wonderful things about springtime are included in this story as well including ducklings, baby birds, frogs and beautiful flowers. The fun-filled day ends with an Easter dinner with none other than the Easter Bunny himself.

The illustrations provided by Tara Anderson are done in pastel-hues and feature all the colorful things about spring–this includes bright green grass, purple lilacs, blue skies, and yellow daffodils….

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of three and five, especially if their family is preparing for the Easter celebration….

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our ‘to read’ piles? Yes”
Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian

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YA Books Central

“EASTER MORNING, EASTER SUN is a board book about a cat family on Easter. The story is told in simple rhymes, such as “Easter morning, Easter sun, Easter breakfast, Easter bun.” Softly colored illustrations depict the lovely Easter day for this family well, including a visit from the Easter bunny.

What I loved: This board book has a great rhythm with the simple phrases and rhymes. Repetitive words will work well for the youngest of readers. The images tell the story of a family enjoying their Easter together. The colors are soft and work well for a book about spring.”

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CanLit for LittleCanadians

“For those who celebrate Easter, Rosanna Battigelli and Tara Anderson will give life to your celebrations of hot cross buns, Easter egg hunts and family feasts. For those who don’t, Easter Morning, Easter Sun shares springtime festivities that herald a new season of colours, freshness and connection of family and friends. So, we’re all invited to enjoy Easter Morning, Easter Sun….

Rosanna Battigelli delighted us with her debut picture book Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round (2019), which was also illustrated by Tara Anderson, giving us a holiday-themed rhyme perfect for young children. They’ll appreciate the rhythmic verse and repetitive nature of the text, sure to know the words after just a few readings. It’s simple in its vocabulary but meaningful and comprehensive in its story. This is all the more so due to Tara Anderson’s artwork created with oil-based coloured pencils and mineral spirits. There’s a texture to her illustrations, from her medium to her technique, that emulates the grain of a blanket or the grass, the water or the cats’ fur. What’s more, her cats never fail to bring joy and smiles from their expressions and antics, and now we have mice from Tara Anderson that do likewise.

It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Easter or not because Easter Morning, Easter Sun will take you into one cat family’s festivities to partake in their traditions–you can even decorate your own eggs with the recipe provided–and rhyme along as they enjoy their day.”

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