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Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs Hardcover – February 5, 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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From the Back Cover

What are the treasures in Benjamin's Box? Come along with Benjamin and see. Like all boys and girls, Benjamin is very, very curious. When Jesus comes to Jerusalem, Benjamin decides to follow him and find out who he really is. At first, Benjamin thinks Jesus is a teacher, then a king. At last, he learns the good news---news that every child (and grown-up!) will want to share. Can be used in conjunction with Resurrection Eggs(R) from Family Life!

About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. "I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction," she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.

Jack Stockman designs paper airplanes and snowmen. He has a whole collection of tin toys, yo-yos, and kites, but only one wife, one daughter, one son, and one daughter-in-law. He loves them all.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; unknown edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310715059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310715054
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely LOVED the idea of this book, and when it got here I absolutely loved to read it with the kids. We do bible study daily in our homeschool, and they are learning God's Word and truth. My point? Well... they (my kids) are now relating a child named Benjamin and some of his friends and intertwining it with the real account in the bible, and I'm just not comfortable with that. I like the story, but now when my kids are telling the story of Jesus' death and resurrection, they are now talking about how "...then Judas gave Benjamin silver..." And I'm forced to tell them "Benjamin isn't part of the REAL story...but yes, the other characters are..." I'm just not sure if this will be a part of our reading any longer, just because I cannot expect them to believe the word of God if there is a fictitious character added to it, as in this book. It's causing confusion with the Word. I suppose for us, we'll stick with the original story in the bible.

I reeallllly liked this book... just cannot use it any longer. Perhaps this won't be a problem for anybody else.. but it was for us.
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To start the season off, I finally decided to buy Resurrection Eggs for my family and CCD class. Call me lazy because you could surely make these yourself, but I liked having them done for me instead of searching for the pieces for inside the eggs.... Plus the resource book included came in useful.

If you want an awesome resource to go along with the eggs, you need this book (Benjamin's Box). The story is great and matches the eggs perfectly. It is nicely illustrated and each page tells a story to match the item in the egg. The kids seem to enjoy the story and hearing it from the point of view of a little boy. I highly recommend getting this book to compliment the eggs. My kids ages 5 and 8 really enjoy this book. I am also sharing it with my third grade CCD class and they love it too.

I hid the eggs around my house and told my kids to find them but not open them. Once we had all 12 eggs we took turns reading a page from the book and opening the egg that went along with the page.

I used Benjamin's Box to help me create a printable to match the Resurrection Eggs activity. If you search Teaching Heart Mom on Google and then go to Easter you will see it. You can download it free here. It is five pages. The last page (foldable eggs) you will need to print three times on colored card stock. All other pages get printed once on regular paper. My kids enjoyed making the books and we will refer to them through the season.
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The only real issue with the book--but it's a big one for Catholics--is that it refers to the Body and Blood of our Lord in the eucharist as being a symbol or picture of Jesus' flesh and blood, rather than his actual flesh and blood, as in Catholic doctrine.
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I bought this book to go with our new Resurrection Eggs, and for the most part it works well. There are a few times that the book doesn't line up with the eggs (like the color of the egg is different than it is in the book, or there is a plastic donkey in the egg rather than a tuft of donkey fur). But overall, I was pleased with how well the two correspond. However, in the book, Benjamin is actually IN the story of the crucifixion. He is the one who tells Judas that there is silver being offered to whoever betrays Jesus, and subsequently feels extreme guilt when Jesus is crucified. That was a heavy, heavy emotion for little kids, in addition to simply not being Biblical. There are a couple other small things that I thought were too old for my kids, like stating that the piece of leather Benjamin picked up was soaked in Jesus' blood - just a little too graphic for us, and took some quick thinking on my part to change it as I was reading aloud. Unfortunately I don't think we will be using this book with our eggs in the future.
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I bought this for my daughter who is 4 1/2. We used the resurrection eggs last year, but I just talked w/ her about what each egg meant. This book is great to use with the eggs now that she is older and tells the story of a little boy who lives in Jerusalem and follows the events of holy week. He picks up an item at each scene that depicts what is happening to Jesus. The box in the story was his grandfather's and had a bit of hay in it from Jesus' birth. At the end he shares the story of Jesus w/ his friends. Well done!
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If you are Catholic this book has one sentence in the Last Supper section that refers to the Eucharist as "symbolic." But the book is so great otherwise parents just black out one word and use it. GREAT KIDS BOOK!
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This story is wonderful. My 4 and 10 year olds love it. One problem - however this problem is NOT with this great book- was that after reading reviews I purchased the "Resurrection Eggs" from Family Life to go with it. The story matches up fairly well but there are a few pages that don't have eggs in that set, and there are a few eggs that don't match the pages. That is because they do NOT go together. The Resurrection Eggs are a wonderful set and have a little booklet inside that tells the story of each egg- not quite as well told as Benjamins Box. The Benjamin's Box book is an awesome book and at the top of each page shows a color of egg and a topic (I don't have it in front of me, so for example blue egg, whip). I'm not sure if there was a set of eggs at one time that was sold with this book. It doesn't matter. My 10 year old and I decided that next year, we make our own Resurrection Eggs! We will get the right color eggs and scavenge around until we can fill them to match the book and store them in an egg carton:) Then we will have two sets of Resurrection Eggs to choose from each year and two books. We are totally happy with our purchase of this book. I got my misinformation from some other reviews. But if I hadn't, we wouldn't have these two great products and a fun plan for 2015!
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