Jack and Tabolt Bunny were getting ready for their
first big, Easter Egg Hunt,which they wanted to have
for their forest friends.
Their den was filled with eggs.
"Talbot,"said Jack,"I think we have gathered enough
"Yes,our chicken friends are very tired,"said
"Now all we have to do is paint the eggs,"said Jack.
"Let's go to Mrs.Rouge's paint shop,"Talbot
suggested."She'll help us pick out some great
And off hopped Jack and Talbot to Mrs.Rouge's paint
"Good afternoon, Jack, "said Mrs.Rouge,"And good
afternoon to you too,Talbot.How are you both today?"
"Feeling very hoppy today,thank you,"said Talbot.
"Mrs.Rouge,"said Jack,"Talbot and I need your help
picking out colors to paint our eggs for our first big
Easter Egg Hunt."
"Okay,come with me."
Mrs.Rouge went to look on the shelves at the back of
"Let's see, it looks like we have lots of red, lots of
yellow and some blue.And then there's white, and
there's also black.
Jack looked at Talbot, and they both looked at Mrs.
"Well, Jack said,"I think that will be good for now."
"We'll take them all!Thank you, Mrs. Rouge."
"You're welcome," said Mrs. Rouge. " Now go and have
yourself an egg-cellent time."
And Mrs. Rouge burst out laughing at her egg joke.
"Jack,"said Talbot," I wonder if we should get more
colors?"Mrs. Rouge didn't have any purple or orange...
"Well maybe later we'll go to Uncle Earl's Over the Rainbow
shop,and check out what he has, said Jack." For now let's
get started with these eggs.
Jack takes the paint cans and some eggs and places them
on a small table were he will be working.
Talbot turns around to ask Jack something but instead he's
shocked on the huge mess that he made.
"What are you doing Jack?" said Talbot.
"I'm painting the eggs," said Jack.
"Your dropping paint all over the floor and your stepping
in it.Now you and the floor are a colorful mess," said Talbot
"Why didn't you place a sheet down on the floor to catch the
paint? " asked Talbot.
"Sorry,Talbot I didn't mean to be such a messy bunny," said Jack.
As he looked down at the floor and his feet.
Talbot asked Jack with a very puzzled look on his face."Where
did you get the other colors from?" I don't remember buying
purple or green.
Sounding very confused." What do you mean?" I don't have those colors,"
" Just look again on the floor or your feet your covered in purple and
So Talbot checked out what he had and realized that the drippings
mixed together. And when you mix certain colors together you get
" Okay Jack let's start mixing together some colors," said Talbot.
They both worked on mixing colors and found out that ...
By mixing red and blue together you made purple.
By mixing blue and yellow together you made green.
By mixing red and yellow together you made orange.
By mixing blue and orange you made brown.
By mixing red and white you made a lovely pink color and
black and white together just made grey.
They were both very excited on what they had figured out.
"Talbot,"said Jack," I was wondering if we should make
a special egg?"
"A special egg,"wondered Talbot."Why make a special egg?"
"So if someone finds it there could be a special prize to go
with it,"replied Jack." What do you think?"
" That's a good idea, Jack, "said Talbot.What should
the prize be?"
" The prize could be a big hollow chocolate egg, and
inside could be Grandma's homemade raisin and
jellybean oatmeal cookies."
" That sounds like a Great Idea!" exclaimed Talbot.
" What color should we paint the prize egg?"
" I'm not sure, "Jack replied. " Let's go ask Grandma if
she will bake the cookies and we'll decide on the
Grandma said yes and the bunnies went back to work
painting the eggs.It took days and days, and still they
had no idea on a color for the Prize Egg.
When they had finished painting all the other eggs,
Talbot asked Jack to see what colors were left.
" We have some green,and some brown, and a little bit
of yellow, " he replied.
" Then we will just have to use up what we have left, " Talbot said.
The day of the Big Easter Egg Hunt arrived and all the
eggs had been hidden in the forest.The special Prize
Egg had been hidden by a log near a creek.
All Jack and Talbot's animal friends were ready to
" The one who finds the oddly-painted egg will win the
prize, " said Talbot.
" What's the prize? " everyone wanted to know.
" The prize is a hollow chocolate egg with Grandma's
special raisin and jellybean oatmeal cookies inside,
" announced Jack.
Off everyone went to find eggs. What hours of fun they
all had.At last it was time for everyone to come together
and check their baskets to see if the Prize Egg had been
Jack yelled out, " Who's the lucky one?"
No one answered.They just looked around at each
" Well, someone has to find it! " said Talbot. "Look
Everybody went back to the forest to look for the
special egg, but they soon realized they had found
all the eggs except for that special one, which nobody
could find anywhere.
" I'll go to where we left it and see if it's still
there ," said Jack.
Jack took off to the spot where he placed the Prize
Egg, but it wasn't there.
"Someone must have knocked it out of the way while
walking," he decided.
As he walked back he shook his head to Talbot to let
him know that the Prize Egg wasn't there.
Everyone looked very disappointed.
Then Grandma said, " Well, let's open the cookies and
I'll bring out some of my homemade carrot cake, and
there's plenty of carrot juice, so we'll all keep having
a fun time."
So that's what they all did.It was food, games, and
plenty of laughter.
A week later, Jack and Talbot were out with Grandma
picking berries and dandelions. As they walked closer
to the creek Talbot almost passed out .
" What is that smell?" he wondered." Could it be a skunk?"
" No, it must be a litterbug," Grandma said." Someone
left their trash behind.
Grandma followed that stinky,stinky, smell all the
way to a log by the creek.She bent down and laughed.
"I know egg-actly what it is."
Talbot and Jack hopped over to Grandma, laughing at
her laughing at herself.
" Why, what's in the log?"they asked.
" Not in the log, my dear bunnies," said Grandma, but
next to the log."
" What? What is it?" they asked.
" Well, the next time you paint an egg,don't use
colors that match the ground-you camouflaged it."
Talbot asked Grandma, " What does camel-large mean?"
" Camouflage, bunnies, means to hide something-to
hide something very well without actually hiding it at
all.You see, you painted the egg so it blended into
the colors of the ground.You chose the green, brown,
and a little bit of yellow, which matches the ground
very well,and so no matter where it rolled no one
could see it and they just kept going by.
"OOOOH, so that's why no one found it, "the bunnies
said with a laugh." Well, now that WE found it let's
get rid of that rotten egg and put it far, far, far,away."
Which they did and held their noses while they
walked off further in the woods.
Copyright 2004 Victoria Costanzo