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The Easter Story Hardcover – January 1, 2000
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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)
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- Publisher : Eerdmans Pub Co; F First American Edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0802851894
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802851895
- Reading age : 5 years and up
- Grade level : 1 - 2
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.5 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #490,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is told, somewhat, through the voice of the donkey, which "freshens" the familiar story line.
The art is the real show-stopper, though! Simply gorgeous! In looking this up again on Amazon, I learned that the author/illustrator has done other works, so I will be investigating them now, too.
The author/illustrator explains it best when he says, "It is the world's greatest story, burning with history, passion, and tragedy. I decided that the best way of expressing this epic drama was to teat it like grand opera, to create the sets and place the characters within them, capturing the symbolism of the Crucifixion and Resurrection in color, shape, and form."
The gold-toned illustrations are absolutely breathtaking. The text is very simple and perfect for our young ones. WE ADORE THIS BOOK!