Wednesday, March 25, 2009
What is Easter?, written by Michelle Medlock Adams, uses simple rhyming verse to question the reason for this holiday. The text asks about bunnies and chocolate, eggs and new clothes; are these what Easter is all about? Halfway through the book, the answers begin. There the author explains that all of these things are nice and fun, but they're not why we celebrate. She tells of Jesus, God's Son, who came to earth "to die for everyone." He had to die in order to save us from our sin. After three days, He rose again. The author goes on to explain that Jesus now sits next to God in Heaven. "He wants to live inside you too and fill you up with love!" The book concludes by reiterating it's point: Easter is all about God's Son.
The illustrations by Amy Wummer are soft and sweet. They feature lots of spring colors and joyful faces.
What I Like: This is one of very few Easter books that actually explains the why of Jesus resurrection: that He died to save us from our sins. It also offers a brief, but important application: that we can invite Jesus to live in us and fill us with His love. Also, the illustrations are really cute.
What I Dislike: The text is a little lame in some spots, and the rhyme isn't always perfect.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: Baby-Preschool
Publisher Info: Candy Cane Press, 2006; ISBN: 0824966392; Boardbook; $6.95
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