Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: "The First Easter Ever" Illustrated by Dennis Jones

"The First Easter Ever" tells of Jesus' baptism and Earthly ministry. It shows Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, his arrest, and beatings. It tells how they put Him on the cross to die, but it does not show it other than a partial sideview, so it isn't gruesome for younger children. The book then tells of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. I was disappointed in the line about what happened when the angel came down from heaven. It says, "The soldiers did not know what to do! So they ran!" In Matthew, it says that they trembled from the fear of him [the angel] and became like dead men. The book finishes by telling of Jesus appearing to the disciples, giving the Great Commission, and his ascension into Heaven. 

The illustrations are very colorful and cartoon-like. They would be appealing to children. I liked how the book included the earlier parts of Jesus' ministry even though it was called "The First Easter Ever". 

I would recommend this book to those who have or work with children. 

"The First Easter Ever" is available in paperback (and for $1.99, a pretty good value):
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (February 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310740843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310740841
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.1 x 7.5 inches

Or in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 8564 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (February 3, 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English

I received a free paperback of this book from Zonderkidz to review through their zblogsquad.  All opinions are my own. 

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