Wednesday, February 20, 2008

An Easter Gift for Me

An Easter Gift for Me was written by Crystal Bowman and illustrated by Claudine Gevry. Together they have created some wonderful die-cut boardbooks with strong Christian themes. This book is no exception.
The book tells about Jesus' life. It quickly explains He was born a long time ago, sent by God from Heaven to Earth. When He grew up, He told people He was God's Son and, if they believed in Him and followed His instructions, they could live forever with Him in Heaven. Jesus performed many miracles. "But some of the people did not understand the way Jesus fit into God's special plan. He hung on a cross and that's where He died ... But Jesus is God so He didn't stay dead." The book ends with a mother explaining to her daughter that this story is true! She then tells her how if we believe and obey, we can see Jesus in Heaven someday.
This book is saturated with vibrant colors. The illustrations are simple and friendly. (Note: Two illustrations depict a man seemingly to be Jesus.)
What I Like: It's so colorful! It's biblically accurate and perfectly child-friendly. I like the easy transition from Christ's life to His death. Some books assign blame or have disconnected storylines. This book creates a seamless timeline. Also, I appreciate how, other than the cover, this book makes no reference to egg hunts or secular Easter traditions.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 4 and under
Publisher Info: ZonderKidz, 2007; ISBN: 0310711592; Boardbook; $6.99
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Special Info: This book is a wonderful choice for gifts -- from Sunday school or preschool teachers to grandparents. Christianbook.com offers a bulk discount: buy 10 or more and pay only $4.99 each.
See our reviews of other books by this author-illustrator team.










2 comments:

Kristina said...

Tanya, I agree. This is an excellent Easter book for young kids. The text is well written and the illustrations are vivid and interesting.

the160acrewoods said...

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