Reader Review: Ebba, the First Easter Hare – Leen Lefebre


Before we dive into the review itself, I just want to announce that the giveaway for ‘Ebba, The First Easter Hare‘ is indeed now closed. It was a lot of fun being able to host the giveaway for this book on the blog, and I look forward to getting the chance to host more giveaways in the future! Thanks for reading this little announcement and now I’ll let you get to the review!

Ebba, the First Easter Hare:  ★★★★

With Easter just having passed, I think it’s rather suited that I was recently contacted by Leen Lefebre offering a free copy of her book ‘Ebba, the First Easter Hare’ in exchange for an honest review. I’ll admit, at first, I didn’t think the premise of the book sounded all that much like it would suit me as a reader personally but, as I’m always looking to expand on my reading preferences and experiences, I decided to give the book a shot either way. It’s definitely not a book that I would pick out for myself, thought this gave me all the more incentive to accept the review request and give it a read – so I did and, pleasantly, it was a nice journey.

King Stern is known to be the cruel ruler over an empire of hares. Not only does he reign with a stone fist, but he makes it known that if anybody happened to go against his wishes and leave the field that the empire is confined to, they shan’t ever be allowed to return. Though his brother Atta leaves, taking his life into his own hands and hoping to find a field of his own before his love Hulde gives birth to their daughter. Day after day, Hulde awaits the return of Atta but soon finds herself caring for their daughter Ebba on her own. Hulde soon notices that, as Ebba ages, she becomes more like her father with an itch for leaving the field where she has grown up. When the two of them stumble across an abandoned birds nest, Ebba takes on the challenge of leaving to find their mother, though is she as brave as her father was?

First off, the book is largely suited to younger readers and general younger audiences. From the start of the novel, you can tell that it would make a wonderful seasonal family read, but it can really be read at any time throughout the year which means it’s all the more appealing to the reader base that it’s marketed towards. There’s obvious family appeal, which I think is greatly effective for the book because it’s directly appealing to the audience demographic. I think the tone of the book is also nicely introduced and well-maintained throughout it’s entirety because it continuously feels welcoming and has a rather ‘homely’ nature to it. It’s appealing for the audience and, even if you’re an older reader, it still has a nice tone to it that allows you to immerse yourself and enjoy the premise.
When it comes to the premise itself, it’s definitely very original and that’s something that makes it stand out straight away. It’s refreshing in the sense that it’s not something the reader will have experienced before and this pulls in their attention all the more. The plot is developed, constructed, and entirely well-written which makes it obvious that the author has put a lot of thought into the narrative and the characters who are introduced throughout. This is also shown through the nicely provided descriptions and imagery that the various scenes create and maintain as-well. I think this is especially important for this particular type of book targeting a younger audience base as it’s going to make the story come much more alive and they’re going to enjoy it a lot more.
Despite the story being rather short, it doesn’t lack in pace and it doesn’t take a long time to get moving. I actually found that I really liked the pacing of the book – it didn’t feel rushed and I was still able to follow the storyline with my attention maintained. Once again, this is good for younger readers as they’re less likely to lose interest. All in all, the author definitely knew how to write and construct the book for her specified audience base and has done so very well.
As I said at the beginning of the review, this wasn’t a book that I would’ve thought is suited to me as a reader personally, and I still stick to that statement. It’s not my type of book – I don’t ever read children’s fiction, and I’m not sure if I would pay any attention at all to the book had I not been contacted by the author directly. However, with that being said, it was still a pleasure to read and I found that it was still enjoyable. It was a nice, easy read that was funner than I thought it would be at first, which is always a good thought to come away with in regards to any type of book.
As the narrative progressed and developed further, I definitely picked up on specific messages that were being conveyed throughout the storyline. The plot-line does well to portray good messages of character strength and the importance of perseverance for younger readers, which is obviously quite an important life message for them to learn from a young age. I also really liked how the book portrays messages regarding respecting all different types of life – and it reinforces the fact that family doesn’t necessarily just have to be who we’re blood related to.
It draws to an end nicely which doesn’t leave the story unfinished but keeps younger readers thinking about the world that’s been created and the characters that they have come to know. This has been done effectively because, especially with a younger audience, this is going to make the book more memorable for them and they’ll be interested in exploring more of the author’s similar works.
To put it simply; this isn’t a book that appeals to me as an older reader, and that’s something that I knew when I accepted the review request in the first place. However, I was pleased to find that the read was still a pleasant, easy one that makes good representation of important messages regarding overcoming adversity and realising that our families are more than just our blood ties. It’s a great family read and it has obvious appeal for it’s targeted younger audience demographic, and, overall, it’s written very nicely and creates a great story for children to get lost into.

Thanks for reading this short review and I’ll write you later. 

If you’re looking for a nice seasonal family read, then I definitely suggest that you check out this book, along with the rest of the author’s works.

If you happen to just want to be expanding your reading preferences and explore a new genre that’ll remind you of good childhood times, then why not check this book out and give it a shot.

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