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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers; F First American Edition edition (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802851894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802851895
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Wildsmith, well-known illustrator of more than 30 picture books (including Brian Wildsmith's ABC, for which he won the venerable Kate Greenaway Medal), has this to say about the traditional Easter legend: "It is the world's greatest story, burning with history, passion, and tragedy."

Wildsmith's own passion for the story of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection is unmistakable in his glorious, metallic-gold-hued illustrations, which tell the story more vividly than words ever could. In fact, to his credit, Wildsmith adapts the story of Jesus's last days in as simple and straightforward a manner as possible, allowing young readers to glean the substance from the paintings, symbolism, and, most likely, discussion with grownups who may be reading along. The donkey's-eye-view of the events allows a slightly different perspective from the standard, without being overly intrusive as a literary device. Lush jewel tones capture the richness of the narrative, and mesh in a strangely beautiful way with the simple paintings of Jesus, the angels, Mary Magdalene, and others in the biblical cast of characters. The Easter Story will make a gorgeous addition to any Easter basket. (Ages 5 and older)

From Publishers Weekly

Wildsmith has masterfully condensed and simplified the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ for young readers, and provided luminous paintings as accompaniment in his latest picture book. The child-friendly text describes seminal events, as when Jesus rides a faithful donkey into Jerusalem and celebrates the Last Supper with friends. Although the miracles depicted here hold particular significance for Christians, all readers can appreciate Wildsmith's gently rendered artwork and its judiciously applied metallic paints. Expansive scenes of the Holy Land sites are awash in soft watercolors and often flecked with gold. Hovering winged angels and throngs of people wear brilliant, multicolored garments. An ornate purple and gold spread in the Garden of Gethsemane is especially stunning. This sumptuous volume serves well as an introduction to the Bible and also allows room for private interpretation. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The illustrations are very well done.
Phatchick
And, the story line is captivating and easy to follow, unlike other children's versions I've read.
J. Kitchen
This is a book we will enjoy for many years to come.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
We use this book in our church school classes, mostly because of the way it depicts the events of Holy Week. The illustrations often take a panoramic perspective, giving the sense of the crowds in Jerusalem during the Passover. The story is told from the point of view of the little donkey that Jesus rode into the city on. This is somewhat distracting but the wonderful illustrations make this much more of a discussion than a read story. There are some illustrations that are not quite true to Jerusalem at the time of Jesus - the trial before Pilot is held in a strange amphitheater setting, but the view of the Last Supper is right on target. The best part about the book is the way the angels (in all their glory) watch over the events. For young children the ideas of the crucifixtion are particularly alarming. Here the sky is filled with angels that remind us that Jesus was never abandon during this horrible time. The scene at the Tomb gives an interesting interpretation of all the gospel versions with angels sitting atop the tombstone, hovering aloft and waiting inside. This book does a wonderful job of supporting discussion and deepening mediation.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
I am so glad that I purchased this book for my children! The story is written in a very simple and straightforward way which is easy for children to understand. This book could be a very useful tool in opening up biblical discussions for the whole family. The illustration is beautiful and captivating.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Kitchen on April 5, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
I originally checked this book out from the library for my son last Easter. My husband and I were so impressed we bought it this year for him as a gift. The illustrations positively glow. And, the story line is captivating and easy to follow, unlike other children's versions I've read. It's a beautiful book that my two year-old will continue to enjoy for many Easters to come.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom C on March 23, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
My almost 6 year old son was asking a lot of questions about Easter from what he has learned in Sunday School. I was looking for an Easter book which explained Easter, and the events leading up to Easter, in a simple, yet Biblical way. The book is not too simplistic, nor too complex and wordy. Also, the illustrations are magnificent, and are worth the price of the book alone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne E Greydanus on April 26, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
We bought this book because my daughter became very upset at the thought of having to return it to the library! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is an excellent adaptation of the Bibilical story of Easter - beginning with the Triumphal entry and going on to Jesus' ascension.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DONALD G. FOX on April 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was very impressed by the beauty and pathos of this slim volume. Although the story is of Christ's passion, resurrection, and ascension, the story is really through the eyes of the humble donkey which Christ chooses to carry him into Jerusalem. It strikes me that children will be able to connect with the donkey's innocence and faithfulness, as a reflection of the person of Jesus Christ. Of course, it all makes for very interesting theological reflection. If anything, as other readers have mentioned, read it for its simplicity and the beautiful illustrations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Derek's mama on March 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed other books by Brian Wildsmith and after reading the reviews on this one I was excited to order it. However, when it arrived I was shocked by the size, about 5x4 inches! Evidently it's a miniature version, though nowhere was there an indication. I wanted to compare the ISBN, thinking the marketplace seller had listed it wrong, but since Amazon didn't have the ISBN on the product page, that wasn't possible. The print is so tiny we can barely read it, so while it may be a fine story, getting through it is such a strain, it's hard to enjoy. Sorely disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2002
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The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and make you think differently about the Easter story. I had never really thought about there being so many people there watching it all happen. It's a beautiful family book, for everyone to gather around and read.
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