Thursday, March 29, 2012

Simon and the Easter Miracle by Mary Joslin and Illustrated by Anna Luraschi - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Lion Children's books)

The gospels tell of Simon of Cyrene - ""a man coming in from the country"" - who was ordered to carry Jesus' cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into Polish folklore: When Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his produce - of bread, eggs and wine - will become important symbols of Jesus' passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages. Together with sophisticated artwork, this picture book retelling of a traditional European tale is both thought-provoking and engaging, with the events and meaning of the first Easter at its heart.

My Thoughts:

This is a really beautiful children's tale, and it's obviously not an "American" folk tale. That's what adds an interesting touch to a commonly told part of Christ's crucifiction. The authors approach the story from Simon of Cyrene's point of view, and explore an unusual occurance in his daily life. By the time Simon makes it back to his home, he realizes that things are no longer the same. The story is sort of open ended, and parents will have an oportunity to further explain the significance of what Simon experienced. It's always important that picture books provide an interesting introduction to young children regarding a foundational spiritual truth.

The Author and Illustrator:

Mary Joslin is the author of The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers, The Lion Book of Day-by-Day Prayers, The Lion Day-by-Day Bible, On That Christmas Night, and The Story of the Cross. Anna Luraschi is the illustrator of numerous books, including Bedtime Rhymes, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Stories for Little Children, and The Usborne Book of Christmas Poems.

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