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J Is for Jesus: An Easter Alphabet and Activity Book

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Rhyming couplets tell the story of Holy Week and Easter, "the last week Jesus lived on earth." O'Neal's own delight in spring days and the secular celebrations is obvious as is her own belief that "God loves you and me!" The illustrations burst off the page in a pallet of spring colors, using borders of flowers, swirls of color, dots, butterflies, splatters, and spots—all sorts of embellishments to give the story a feeling of accessibility to young listeners. O'Neal does not gloss over the fact of Jesus' death on the cross, but presents it matter-of-factly: "Then he died on a cross that was carved from a tree" is the line on the T page. Beginning with "As all (for the A) of the people stood lining the street, the children waved branches (for the B) and danced with their feet."—And ending with, "And Jesus, the Savior, for me and for you, is waiting in Zion when this life is through." Some of the couplets strain for meter to make the rhymes work, but all in all this is an appealing presentation of the Christian celebration. In the backmatter there are instructions for four craft projects to use with children to help them create special Easter memories. I would love to work with children in creating their own interpretation of the illustrations for their own recounting of this special week.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806651231
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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