What I Like: The author does a good job finding balance. Everyone can find something they appreciate in the way this family celebrates this all-important holiday. It is an uplifting story sure to excite children still learning about Easter. I also like the size. Most of the author's books are done in standard-size board books. This one is a hardback and much larger in size. It allows for a greater focus on the inviting illustrations.
What I Dislike: Very little explanation is provided about the reason and meaning for Easter! It's all about traditions and what the family does, but not about why. In 32 pages only one paragraph offers a reason: "It's all about Easter, and how Jesus gave His life for us all, so the world could be saved." First, Easter is not about Jesus' death; it's about His resurrection. Second, as a holiday celebrating the basis of our salvation and faith, much more explanation is needed (especially considering the target ages provided by the publisher). Why did He have to die? What is the world being saved from? While this book is cute and fun, it is leaves a huge theological hole.
Overall Rating: Good
Age Appeal: 4-8, though my kids like it at 19-months and 3-years old
Publisher Info: Ideals Childrens Books, 2007; ISBN: 0824955528; Hardback; $8.99
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Additional Info: While the main family featured in this book is caucasian, several ethinicities are shown in the church congregation including Asian, African American and Latino.
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