What does the Easter Bunny do after depositing chocolate eggs at the bottom of the garden on Easter Sunday? Bounce into the pages of a storybook or hop into a film, that’s what.
Rabbits have captivated creatives for ever with their delightful twitching, jumping and thumping. From Richard Adams’ Fiver, the small rabbit in Watership Down, to Dick Bruna’s Miffy and Peter Rabbit in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit, these furry critters have leapt into our hearts regardless of their capabilities for delivering the good stuff on Easter Sunday. Generations of children have depended on it.
A wonderful ‘rabbit’ book is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo. It’s about Edward, a china rabbit who, after falling from a ship into the ocean, gets handed from owner to owner. Being loved and loving is at the heart of this gorgeous story where loss and recovery sees Edward hop towards self-discovery. The play Harvey, written by Mary Chase and then adapted for film in 1950, is another beautiful example of what it means to find friendship in the most unlikely of places with the most unlikely of buddies. The 1950s film stars James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, who has befriended an invisible 2m rabbit – or ‘pooka’ – named Harvey, and explores the themes of kindness, acceptance, madness and make-believe.
Whether you believe in the Easter Bunny or not, one thing is certain: bunnies bring out the best in people. And why not believe in something you’ve never seen – or maybe you have. Either way, Easter is just around the corner and the eggs are on their way. Enjoy the day and celebrate with loved ones. We hope the Easter Bunny brings you chocolate eggs in abundance and much love and laughter. Go to Mornington Peninsula Magazine’s new website and search the What’s On section to find Easter events happening near you. If you’re hosting your own Easter event, you can upload it there too for free.