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The Legend of the Easter Egg Hardcover – February 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; English Language edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310224470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310224471
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

One April morning Thomas and his sister Lucy are gathering eggs from the hens and discussing Easter. But Lucy falls ill with scarlet fever before she gets a chance to tell him about Easter eggs. Thomas is sent to the local candy shop merchants, John and Mary, while his sister is quarantined. One day, when Thomas is lonely and frightened about Lucy, Mary gives him a chocolate Easter egg and tells him the story of Jesus's resurrection.

"But why do we have Easter eggs?" Thomas asked.

Mary explained. "Just as a chick breaks out of an egg, so had Jesus broken free of the tomb of death. Easter eggs remind us that Jesus conquered death and gives us eternal life."

Written by the author/illustrator team of Lori Walburg and James Bernardin, and featuring the same setting and characters from their bestselling The Legend of the Candy Cane, this story reveals the significance of Easter, which lies far beyond the wholesale gobbling of chocolate eggs and jelly beans. (Ages 6 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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One April morning, a boy and his sister go outside to gather eggs. “Let’s pretend we’re hunting Easter eggs,” Lucy says. “What are Easter eggs?” Thomas wonders.

In The Legend of the Easter Egg, young Thomas learns the deeper meaning behind Easter eggs and the Easter story itself. When his older sister, Lucy, falls sick, Thomas goes to stay with John and Mary Sonneman at their candy store. But all the candy he could desire does not cure Thomas’s aching heart. Only when Mary Sonneman shares with him the story of Easter does he understand the hope he has—and what he can do about his sister’s illness.

Featuring the beloved setting and characters from the best-selling Legend of the Candy Cane, this moving story takes us deeper into the mystery of Christianity. Dramatic illustrations by James Bernardin underscore the chilling fear of separation and death—and the dazzling joy of reunion and new life.

From the darkness of Good Friday to the light and life of Easter, this beautiful story will remind Christians everywhere that because of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, we too will conquer death and receive the glorious gift of eternal life -- Publisher


More About the Author

Lori Walburg attended Dordt College and graduated from Calvin College and the University of Iowa.  Lori is the author of the bestselling The Legend of the Candy Cane and The Legend of the Easter Egg.  She lives with her husband and two children in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Customer Reviews

Purchased this book as a gift for a seven year old.
nana daisy
This particular story ties the Easter egg to the true meaning of Easter.
Lynn Robinson
Every family, daycare, church, school needs this book in their library.
CrowMoma2

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tartarbinks on May 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this book based on other reviews and the fact that I wanted an Easter book that focused on the true meaning, rather than the bunny. While its a cute, sweet book, I was disappointed in the story a little. Its about a boy who's sister falls ill and he goes to live with some family friends. Easter is coming and he wonders what the point of Easter Eggs are and he is told the story of the resurrection. He dyes eggs and prays and then goes home to his sister who is now well. It was a nice story, it just seemed like the author got bored and so ended it abruptly. Don't get me wrong--its a nice story but I just would have ended it with comparing the egg and Resurrection to new life and tied that in with his sister's new chance at life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janette Fuller on April 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
"The Legend of the Easter Egg", by Lori Walburg, is a fiction story about the meaning and orgin of Easter Eggs. A legend is defined as "a story handed down through the years and connected with some real events, but probably not true in itself". This book was illustrated by James Bernardin and was published by Zondervan, a Christian publishing company.
The setting of the story appears to be a farm in the late 1800s. A young boy is sent away to stay with John and Mary Sonneman while his sister recovers from scarlet fever. The Sonnemans own a candy store so Thomas feels like he has died and gone to heaven. He helps John work in the store and on Good Friday he goes to church with the Sonnemans. Thomas listens to the story of Jesus's death. Mary Sonneman explains to Thomas that "just as a chick breaks out of an egg, so had Jesus broken free of the tomb of death. Easter eggs remind us that Jesus conquered death and gives us eternal life."
On Easter morning, Thomas fills a basket full of colored eggs and walks home to see his sister. Lucy is recovering and Thomas is anxious to tell her about his faith in Jesus, his hope for new life and the Easter eggs.
There is a page in the back of the book that explains the traditions and symbols of Lent and Easter.
I think this is a wonderful book to share with children. Children will hear the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and learn the meaning of new life through the symbolism of the Easter egg. Parents and teachers will want to share the entire Easter story with their children after reading this book. This is a great story to read at Easter or anytime of the year.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LibraryLady on August 17, 2007
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This is one of several Easter-themed books our family owns, and it is one we return to again and again no matter what time of year. It contains many of the various elements of Lent/Holy Week, and weaves them into a lovely children's story. The illustrations are outstanding, particularly the one of the angel outside the empty tomb on Easter morning. Currently we have the board book version (which is of course abbreviated) and like it so much that we want to buy the full-length version. I'm confused as to why a previous reviewer gave it only 3 stars but had no criticism of it. It's a 5-star book in my opinion and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on April 20, 2013
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Before ordering books, I often scan a copy from the library, but did not have a chance to do it in this case. It turned out that it was still age appropriate for my grandson (age 9). We enjoyed reading it together. This was a very nice copy and looked new. It was well packed and arrived in excellent condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G.Schmidt on December 8, 2013
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I try to get books for each holiday, especially books that explain the reason for the holiday. This is excellent for family reading and understanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nana daisy on April 11, 2013
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Purchased this book as a gift for a seven year old. The story of the Easter egg was good but also included the true reason for the celebration of the Easter in the celebration of Christ's resurrection. Nicely done for children to read and understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alexander isgut on April 1, 2013
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There are a few good Easter books but this isn't one of them. I was looking to purchase some Easter books to read every year at Easter, wish I had borrowed this one from Library instead. There really isn't much to the story, only two pages about the real meaning of Easter. The illustrations are beautiful but the story is not well written, falls flat.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have never heard of 'why' there are Easter Eggs all my life; so when I was looking for stories to read to my special needs teenage sons and my 2 year old Granddaughter and came across this book I was excited-interested. After checking it out from our library and reading it the illustrations are wonderfully done realistic but yet shows the love the artist has for drawing, pulling you into them even without the story.

Story begins with a young girl and her brother gathering regular chicken eggs. She mentions to him that Easter is soon and they should pretend that it's Easter Eggs they are gathering. He asks why they have Easter Eggs but before she could explain the chickens run away and make a fuss. The next morning he is awoken by his parents saying he has to go live with another family for a while as his sister is badly sick. He goes and stays with a local family who run a candy store. He has to stay with them for a long time while his sister is sick. He misses her and his family but the couple he stays with is fun and they understand him and his feelings. They also explain to him about Easter and Christ and explains and compares the modern day Easter egg to the way chickens are born out of the egg into a new animal so are we as human when we are reborn in Christ. (Didn't write that as pretty as it is in the story but maybe you'll get what I'm trying to say.) His sister recovers and on Easter Sunday he gets to go home and he's not only happy to see everyone again but Happy to tell his sister how he does understand and KNOW for himself Christ in his life
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