- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Concordia Publishing House (January 31, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758606273
- ISBN-13: 978-0758606273
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Very First Easter Paperback – January 31, 2004
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The author does make a couple of interpretations that aren't universally accepted. He states that Jesus miraculously appeared in the locked upper room (Luke 24:36 and John 20:19) because after the Resurrection He was able to appear and disappear at will. The biblical text doesn't explicitly make this claim, and some scholars believe it's possible Jesus simply unlocked the door and walked in. Maier also states that during the Ascension, "Jesus moved into a higher dimension of reality -- beyond our human ability to see." This might be true, but it would have been simpler to just say the cloud that hid Jesus was a cloud of glory, often associated in Scripture with the presence of God (Exodus 16:10, Exodus 19:16-20, Luke 9:28-36). Still, most of the content is both factual and enlightening, and children and adults will learn quite a bit from it.
Ordaz's artwork is impressive, although the Biblical characters look more European than Middle Eastern. (Someone with a better art-history background than mine might be more appreciative of the artistic conventions.) Maier is a good writer, but Chris's conversation with his parents is rather contrived, and the information could have been effectively presented without the question-answer setup. That said, this is a great resource for helping elementary-aged children transition from simply rehearsing the Easter events to understanding their historical and spiritual significance.