Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Story of Easter, retold by Gwen Ellis & illustrated by Steve Smallman

My six year old daughter and I sat down and started a new childrens book last night (and finished it up tonight). It is the "Read and Share" version of The Story of Easter. The book is broken up into thirteen 2-page spreads that tell a part of Jesus' life leading up to his death and resurrection. I was pleased at the accuracy of the story - taken directly from scripture, although paraphrased. It was completely appropriate for her age bracket; I think it's best for younger elementary aged children. At the end of each portion of the story, they have a question or a clarification point. I read those to Lynn and she responded. It was a great way to dig into the story further and bring up different things. At the end of the book they have four pages of photo snapshots of different parts of the story with the question "Can you retell the story?" That was great! We were able to recount the story again. The book also comes with a dvd. I thought the animation was well done and it held my daughter's attention despite it not being as "flashy" as television cartoons. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

Lynn said, "The pages were colorful. It was clever because any kid can learn from it because it's real and true. The movie had pretty pictures and has great coloring sheets (an extra on the dvd)."

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their
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1 comment:

w said...

my daughter loved the "can you retell the story" part too!