The Story of Easter
I read The Story of Easter, retold by Gwen Ellis and illustrated by Steve Smallman, in the Read and Share series, which includes a DVD.
This book, aimed at pre-school and early elementary school-aged children, tells the Easter story from Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem to the Ascension. Each brightly illustrated two-page spread is a “chapter”: Jesus Borrows a Donkey, Jesus Rides Like a King, The First Lord’s Supper, Jesus Prays for Help, Jesus Is Arrested, Pilot Questions Jesus, Jesus Is Killed on a Cross, A Dark Day, Jesus Is Laid in a Tomb, A Big Surprise, Jesus Is Alive, Jesus Appears to a Room Full of Friends, and Jesus Goes to Heaven. The book ends with four illustrated pages inviting young readers to retell the story. The DVD includes six stories, each only 3 or 4 minutes long: The First Lord’s Supper, Jesus’ Resurrection, The Holy Spirit Comes, Saul Becomes Paul, Philip, and Peter in Jail.
Ellis sets the story in the context of the Gospel Message and the Early Church; I appreciate that she includes Scripture references with each chapter, so we can read the Bible along with the book. From the Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem to Easter to Pentecost and the Apostles’ missions, children will enjoy the bright, engaging illustrations in this story so clearly and lovingly told. This is a set that children will want to read and view again and again. Also includes DVD-ROM coloring pages and wallpaper.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com