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The Very First Easter Paperback – January 31, 2004
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But there's more: The story starts out that little Chrissy doesn't want anything but "true" stories anymore. No more fairy tales for him. Again, why would I want to even introduce an idea as ridiculous as this - I want my boys reading and enjoying fiction for the rest of their lives and refuse to plant a dangerous idea like this into their heads.
Overall, I found the text patronizing to children and chose not to read it at all to them. Granted the artwork was beautiful, but not worth the risk of putting drivel in front of my boys. (The artwork and the idea are what got the 3 stars.) We just went right to the bible and told the story and answered questions from there.
The narrative follows their discussion as they read, with Christopher asking questions that any child might typically ask -- "How do we know Jesus was really God?" "Why did they hang people on crosses, Dad?" "But if Jesus had a solid body and wasn't a ghost, how did he get through the walls?" Maier's format works well in this setting. Quotations from Luke tell the story, but the discussion between Christopher and his Dad explain the Easter story in a way that seems natural and easy to understand.
While the text of this book is quite good, what makes this book a excellent addition to the Easter collection is the outstanding artwork of Francisco Ordaz. Beautiful, full page pictures take up the right hand side of each spread. These realistic and detailed illustrations do a superb job of furthering the viewer's understanding of the Easter story. Especially well done is a portrayal of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane and an illustration showing the women standing in amazement before the empty tomb. The Very First Easter is an wonderful book to share with a child, or anyone, who wonders what more there is to Easter than bunnies and painted eggs.
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This isn't biblically correct on some things. If you know your Bible, really know it, you would catch them but most people just take someone else's word for it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very realistic pictures. Interesting way to present this information.Published 8 months ago by Donna Cigelske
the [pictures are stunning but too mature for small children. this book would be best suited for children 10 and up as the story is really really long as well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amanda Nail
Absolutely beautiful illustrations. A bit too wordy and lengthy for my 7 and 4 year olds but with a little impromptu editing while reading, I've made it work to shorten it.Published 8 months ago by Sarah Chapin
Horrible. I did not get past the first page before putting it down, explaining to my three children why the disrespectful tone of Christopher is not okay, and picking up the Bible... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jean R. Wilson