A rather timely children's book from my childhood collection today. Actually this is from my sister's childhood. She was going to get rid of it a few years ago so I kept it. I really never was a fan of this book as a child, and I don't think my sister was either which is why she decided to unload it. I always thought the story was a tad dull. However, the pictures are very pretty; more appreciated by adults perhaps. Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present was written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Maurice Sendak (yes, Where The Wild Things Are author). It was published in 1962. This copy is from the mid-70s.
I recently read a review of this book and the illustrations were described as a Monet, impressionism style. That is right on. They really are lovely (oh, a tie in to the book title!). It makes a lovely Easter decoration too! I have it sitting amongst some of my Easter decor at the moment.
Have a "lovely" day!