This is a favorite spring time book at our house. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Flack was first published in 1939. I love the pictures of rabbit domesticity and all the aprons and smocks.
I think the story was ahead of its time. In the story, a little country girl bunny dreams of becoming one of the five Easter Bunnies who bring eggs for boys and girls. The fancy white bunnies and fast Jack Rabbits made fun of her for thinking she could be one of the Easter Bunnies. She was, after all, just a little country girl bunny.
She grew and had a large family to raise but taught all of her children how to work together and take care of the home. The girl and boy bunny children share equally in the household tasks.
She even taught the importance of music, dance, and art to keep everyone "gay and happy" while they worked.
She proved herself to be "not only wise, and kind, and swift, but also very clever" and became one of the five Easter Bunnies. The first girl Easter bunny. But that part was not as important as HOW she behaved. She just did what she thought was the right thing as she lived her life and it paid off for her. She quietly did the her Easter Bunny duties and continued to live her life as a wise, kind and swift mother bunny as she did before she became one of the chosen Easter bunnies.