If Jesus Came to My House

If Jesus Came to My House

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by Joan Gale Thomas, Joan G. Thomas, Henri Sorensen
     
 

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It is easy to see why this friendly little book, originally published in England, has already sold 19 editions. It offers the Golden Rule in concepts easily grasped by small children and indirectly suggests some ways to carry them out. See more details below

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It is easy to see why this friendly little book, originally published in England, has already sold 19 editions. It offers the Golden Rule in concepts easily grasped by small children and indirectly suggests some ways to carry them out.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

First published in 1951 and newly illustrated, Thomas's rhyming reflection on the place Jesus has in a young boy's life still provides inspiration and comfort to today's readers. The nameless narrator imagines greeting Jesus, a child "about the age that I am/and about the height of me," at his front door. He describes how he would make Jesus feel at home, giving him a "comfy seat," making him tea, and sharing his toys. The lad realizes that Jesus will never come to visit, but comforts himself with the prospect of going to church to pray, sing, and worship. He takes to heart the timeless mandate from the Gospel of Matthew to do for the least of Jesus's brothers what you would do for him. Painted in glowing jewel tones, McElrath-Eslick's luminous portraits mirror the old-fashioned charm of the text. She depicts Jesus as an appealing barefoot boy dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and in the latter half of the book portrays the young narrator offering a cup of tea to a friend, giving his toys to less fortunate children, and taking a bouquet to an elderly woman. The idyllic landscapes further emphasize the gentle message of the lilting text. Pair this fine addition to religion collections with August Gold's Where Does God Live? (Sky Light Paths, 2001).-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

Kirkus Reviews
With a first-person narration in old-fashioned, rhyming verse, a little boy imagines what it would be like if a young Jesus visited his house as a friend. The unnamed boy invites Jesus into his home and they spend an afternoon playing together. In the second half of the story the narrator describes how he can use the principles that the adult Jesus taught, by attending church and serving others in need. Though the concept of Jesus as a little boy may be a little confusing to younger children at first, there is a distinct delineation between the boy's imaginary visitor and his real life. McElrath-Eslick's attractive illustrations use vibrant colors and a double-page-spread format to add a contemporary balance to the text, which is still in print in an earlier edition from 1951. Although it's regrettable that they portray an all-white cast of characters, the new illustrations make this beloved poem more accessible to today's children while still providing a traditional introduction to applying the Golden Rule in a child's life. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688409814
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1951
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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