LS: Kids give us the scoop on famous rabbit April 12, 2009

The Easter Bunny eats “carrots and cheese. “RYENN NOLAN6 years old, left, with her sister, McKenna Nolan, 8



Brooklyn Lancaster has seen the Easter Bunny.

He looked like a bunny with a “fluffy, fluffy tail,” she said.

Brooklyn, 6, knew the Easter Bunny was a boy rabbit because only “boy bunnies have fluffy tails.”

Oh.

Other Grand Junction children also have ideas about who the Easter Bunny is. At Creative Avenues on a recent Wednesday night, several children shared their thoughts on the Easter Bunny.

For example, Andrew Bruce, 8, looks forward to the candy the Easter Bunny brings Easter morning, especially Lemonheads because they are his favorite candy. In addition to candy, the Easter Bunny leaves Andrew sports-themed gifts.

“The Easter Bunny brings me footballs, usually the light-up footballs or the Nerf footballs,” Andrew said.

The best present the Easter Bunny ever brought McKenna Nolan, 8, and her sister Ryenn Nolan, 6, was an animated Bratz movie, but McKenna is confident the Easter Bunny has gifts for other children.

The Easter Bunny, who McKenna said has pink, green and blue polka dots on his ears, leaves presents for the sisters to find Easter morning before they participate in one of three Easter egg hunts at the homes of extended family.

“I think he has lots of baskets full of action toys,” McKenna said. But she didn’t know why.
Maybe the Easter Bunny makes his own toys, or at least Anna Bruce, 10, is pretty sure he does.

“I think he lives in an underground society with other toy-makers like Santa Claus, but Santa lives at the North Pole,” said Anna, Andrew’s older sister.

The Easter Bunny also wears colorful pants and a vest, she said.

The one normal bunny thing the Easter Bunny does is eat carrots, Anna said.

Ryenn also thought the Easter Bunny eats carrots “and cheese,” of course.

Ellis Bonin, 9, said the Easter Bunny eats chocolate and caramel eggs.

The Easter Bunny doesn’t look much different than the rabbits at the Mesa County Fair with his white and brown fur, pink ears and pink nose, Ellis said.

When it comes to hopping, however, the Easter Bunny stands apart from other rabbits, according to Ellis.

“He can jump seven feet high,” she said. “He’s magical.”

Not every Grand Junction child celebrates Easter with a bunny.

Zoe Shanahan, 10, spends the holiday at her church, she said. An Easter tradition in her family is the cracking together of red hard-boiled eggs, a Greek Orthodox tradition.

Zoe’s disbelief in the Easter Bunny’s existence didn’t stop the other children from continuing to believe, though.

Brooklyn Lancaster is still the only person she knows of who has seen the Easter Bunny.

When Brooklyn told her older sister, Mikaela Lancaster, 8, dismissed her sister’s claims.

“I didn’t believe her,” Mikaela said. “When we go to my grandpa and grandma’s, my Uncle Shawn dresses up as the Easter Bunny.”


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