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On That Easter Morning Paperback – 2006

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Kindergarten-Grade 3 This attractive retelling of the Easter story mirrors this team's On That Christmas Night (Good Bks, 2005). In straightforward prose, the author relates the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection, beginning with Jesus's triumphant arrival into Jerusalem. Each spread is devoted to a key scene. Joslin incorporates dialogue and descriptive imagery about the setting, such as the jingling coins in the temple and the hundred flickering lamps that illuminate the faces of Jesus's accusers, to bring the story to life. Interesting details about the culture of the time also enrich the writing. The inspirational narrative highlights Jesus's actions and his lessons of love and forgiveness, touching only briefly on the role of his disciples. The graceful illustrations, which are framed by decorative borders, reflect the emotions elicited by each scene through the expressive faces of the biblical figures and the color palette. One slight drawback, however, is the placement of the text within the framed illustrations, because the typeface does not stand out against some of the darker shades. Overall, though, this pleasing celebration of the New Testament story is a fine addition to most collections. Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Mary Joslin is a Good Books author.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561485179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561485178
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Childs on March 2, 2008
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Here is a picture book for older children that retells the biblical Easter story. It's beautiful pictures have a gentle feel, even when dealing with harsh parts of the story. Starting with Palm Sunday, it goes on to tell of Jesus driving out the money changers, washing the feet of his disciples, sharing the Last Supper with them, and then of his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. We read of the trial that convicted Jesus, the crucifixion, and then of his body being laid in a tomb by those who loved him. The gentle joy of Easter morning, that builds more and more as the good news is spread, is depicted in soft colors, and art that has delightful elements of both realistic and folk art. This story is nicely done, a lovely way to enjoy the Easter story. I love the ending sentiment: "The dark power of death was defeated. God's own love lit the world on that Easter morning."
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