Very First Easter

Very First Easter

by Paul L. Maier, Francisco Ordaz (Illustrator)
Trade Paperback, 32 pages
Price: $8.99

This is not just another picture book adaption of the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. As Christopher and his family read through this most important story, they also discuss it.Christopher, like many children, wonders why Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, why Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead if he could have gone and saved him anyway, and how Jesus could go through walls once he was raised from the dead.

Of course, you could always just go straight to the Bible and answer your children’s questions yourself.Though this book’s illustrations are amazing, and the idea overall is an original one, the truth is you shouldn’t need a picture book to interest your kids in the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. Also, the writing is a little lacking, with some forced and unrealistic dialogue.

Despite the poor writing (and a snide comment about fiction), this book’s illustrations and the discussions make it worth your time. Though it’s more effective to go straight to the scriptures and discuss it with your children yourself, this book is nonetheless an intriguing read and a good discussion starter for young children.

Review by Hadley Payne (nee Ayers)
Hadley was an exemplary employee at Exodus for several years. Full of life and laughter, she is an avid reader who loves both classics and popular literature. Her reviews are clear, helpful and often witty. Check more of them out here.

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