Here on the blog we have a category dedicated to all things vintage called the Friday Find and this week I found our Friday Find on Pinterest while searching for vintage Easter books. Some of my favorite memories of Easter are picking out my Easter bonnet with my Mom and reading my favorite books about bunnies and Easter. While pinning I stumbled upon my favorite Easter book, The Golden Egg Book, by Golden Book and a few others that brought back Easter memories. That is the beauty of Pinterest, you can quickly scan through hundreds of images that link back to the perfect website to find what you are searching for. The article from KC Edventures gives suggestions for their top eight vintage books including my two favorites, perfect to get everyone in the spirit of the season.
The Golden Egg Book (Big Little Golden Book) When I was little I would carry this book around and stare at the cover, I just loved the bold colors and how it felt like instant Easter to me. Published in 1947, the book tells the story of a little bunny who finds an egg, hears sounds from within the egg and imagines all kinds of animals who might hatch, so he tries to open the egg to meet a friend.
The Country Bunny (And the Little Gold Shoes) Written in 1939 and still widely read today. It’s the story of how the Easter Bunny gets all the eggs delivered in time for Easter morning by choosing helper bunnies. The first four bunnies chosen are all boys, but the fifth bunny chosen is a mother bunny to 21 little rabbits. She demonstrates that she has the skills needed to join the Easter Bunny’s team. Sweet book.
Now onto those sweet Easter Bonnets, their history dates back farther in time than Easter itself. The first bonnets consisted of a simple circle of leaves and flowers, symbolizing the cycle of the seasons and the coming of Spring. The Easter after the Civil War was called the Sunday of Joy, on this day mothers and daughters were allowed to come out of mourning wearing pastel colors and incorporating the spring flowers. In 1870 the first Easter Parade was held in New York City, permitting women to proudly show off the latest Spring fashions and Easter bonnets. This tradition continues today with slightly more creative versions of the bonnet. On Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 check out the Easter bonnets in New York City as you wander along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets (the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the ideal place to see the parade running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m).
When my daughter was little I could never find just the right color to match her dress. The solution, Esty and their fabulous handmade Easter bonnets. One of my favorites is created by a Grandmother who started making bows and later hats for her granddaughter before she could even wear them, Isabella’s Hats and Bows. Are you a fan of Easter bonnets and have you ever attended the Easter Parade in New York City?