The Story of Easter: Read and Share [NOOK Book]

Overview

From the Read and Share Bible brand, this retelling of the Easter story is explained in a way that helps young children understand the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

The story of Christ's last week is carefully told in a way that teaches children about the amazing gift Jesus gave us. Events include His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through His appearance to the disciples and His ascension.

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Overview

From the Read and Share Bible brand, this retelling of the Easter story is explained in a way that helps young children understand the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

The story of Christ's last week is carefully told in a way that teaches children about the amazing gift Jesus gave us. Events include His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through His appearance to the disciples and His ascension.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418578190
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 202,747
  • Age range: 3 months - 4 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gwen Ellis has been writing and editing all kinds of books for many years. HerRead and Share Bible
and its ancillary products have sold over one million units. She has also written numerous books for Reader’s Digest
children’s division and a redo of Streams in the Desert for Zonderkidz.
Gwen is fierce in her endeavor to communicate the Word of God to kids, and she is the proud mother of two adult children and two wonderful grandchildren.

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The Story of Easter

READ AND SHARE
By Gwen Ellis

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2007 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4185-7819-0


Chapter One

Jesus Borrows a Donkey Luke 19:28–35

The first Passover happened when God's people left Egypt long ago. After that, God's people celebrated Passover every year. One year Jesus and His closest followers went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.

Before they got there, Jesus said to His followers, "Go into town and find a young donkey colt. Untie it and bring it to Me. If anyone asks where you are taking it, say, 'The Master needs it.'" When the men got back with the donkey colt, they spread their coats on its back. Jesus climbed on the colt.

Why do you suppose Jesus needed that donkey colt?

Jesus Rides Like a King Luke 19:36–38; John 12:12–16

The donkey started to clippity-clop through the town. People came running. They threw their coats down for the donkey to walk on. They took palm branches and waved them in the air. "Praise God!" they shouted.

Some of them remembered the scriptures that said, "Your king is coming ... sitting on the colt of a donkey."

Why do you suppose they laid their coats down for the donkey to walk on? Did they think Jesus was a king?

The First Lord's Supper Matthew 26:26–29; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25; Luke 22:18; Mark 14:25

While Jesus and His closest followers were eating the Passover dinner, Jesus took some bread and thanked God for it. He broke the bread apart and said, "Take this bread and eat it. Do this to remember Me."

Next He took a cup and said, "When you drink this juice of the grape, remember Me." Jesus knew this was His last meal with His followers because He was about to be killed. He wanted His followers to always remember Him.

Today in church we still eat bread and drink the juice of the grape to remember Jesus. We call this time of remembering Communion or The Lord's Supper.

Jesus Prays for Help Matthew 26:36–40; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39-46

Jesus and His followers went straight from dinner to a quiet garden. Jesus wanted to pray and ask God to make Him strong for what was about to happen. He took three of His closest followers—Peter, James, and John—apart from the others. Jesus asked them to wait and pray.

He went a little farther into the garden to pray by Himself. It was very late, and the three men were very tired. They couldn't keep their eyes open to pray. Soon they were asleep. Jesus woke them twice, but they went back to sleep each time.

When we have tough things ahead of us, we need to pray and ask God to help us.

Jesus Is Arrested Matthew 26:45–56; Luke 22:45–51; John 18:10–11

The third time Jesus woke His followers, He said, "We must go. Here comes the man who has turned against Me." Just then a big crowd carrying torches and clubs came into the garden. Judas, one of Jesus' followers, was with them. He kissed Jesus on the cheek. It was a signal to the guards to arrest Jesus.

Peter pulled out his sword and cut off the ear of one guard. Jesus told Peter to put the sword away. Then He healed the guard's ear.

You might think the crowd would let Jesus go after He healed the man's ear. Well, they didn't. They arrested Him and took Him away.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Story of Easter by Gwen Ellis Copyright © 2007 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Teaching children about Holy Week

    This book, The Story of Easter, certainly did not disappoint my kindergarten age son or I. The book starts with the procession of Palm Sunday, with Jesus riding on the donkey, then takes the reader through Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and finally Easter Sunday. I was quite impressed with the close to truth telling of the story, as it is sometimes difficult to tell this story to children. It is written in a simple, yet truthful manner for all to understand. The illustrations are also a plus, giving the reader an often needed visual (yet not too scary with the events of Good Friday). I entirely recommend this book for all families who have small children and want to explain a bit fuller the truths and events of Holy Week.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2010

    Beautiful Retelling of the Easter Story for Children!

    The Story of Easter is a beautifully illustrated hardback book with Gwen Ellis retelling the timeless Easter story truths from the Bible.

    This book is perfect for young children to understand the true meaning of Easter, and even includes a dvd for them to watch to reinforce the story!

    The story comes from the best-selling Read and Share Bible, and is based on the International Children's Bible.

    Each section of the story references relevant scripture. Children will love to read this book year after year!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

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    "The Story of Easter" by Gwen Ellis

    "The Story of Easter" by Gwen Ellis and illustrated by Steve Smallman is a delightful children's book in the Read and Share collection. It tells the story of Easter in easy to understand terms, with plenty of pictures for little ones to look at. Some Bible verses are even given (reference, not exact quotations) so kids can feel the urge to look them up. At the end of the book, there is even a part where kids see pictures of the Easter story and can put them in order chronologically. Also, a DVD is included that uses 3D graphics that look almost like clay figurines to narrate the story of Easter plus a few other New Testament stories. The only thing left out if that the author says Jesus resurrected and showed Himself to women--the women are not named as they are in the Bible. Overall, this is a book that will make readers want to purchase the other Read and Share editions.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    What a great book for children!

    I was anxious for this book to come, because as a new Christian I don't really know how to explain Easter to my children without being to graphic for a four year old.

    When I got the book, I read through it first before reading it to my son Daemon. I was impressed with the way the book was laid out. It was broken up into short chapters with bright illustrations on each page. Perfect for keeping the interest of small children. Then at the end of the book they added a section called "Can you retell the story" and had all the illustrations from the book mixed up so children can go through the pictures and try to recall the story themselves. I thought this was a great learning tool.

    The thing I was most worried about was how they were going to approach the death of Jesus. The book approached it very matter-of-fact. They told what happened, left out the more 'gory' and upsetting details and explained in a little blurb at the bottom of the page that the day Jesus died was a very sad day but God still had a wonderful plan.

    Overall I was very impressed with this book. It was very age appropriate but still conveyed the message of Easter in a way that children can grasp it. I enjoyed the book, but more importantly my four year old son enjoyed the book.

    I recieved a free copy of this book to review from booksneeze.com. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    The story of Easter: Great Kids Easter book

    I read The Story of Easter, Retold by Gwen Ellis and Illustrated by Steve Smallman. This is a children's book, and includes a DVD with short videos related to the story of Easter, coloring pages and Trailers like "Hermies and Friends "Skeeter".

    The book is based on the story of Easter as told in the Bible. Each scene in the story is referenced by the passage in the Bible that it can be found.

    It's a wonderful book that explains the truths of Christ's last days on the earth in a way easily understood by younger children.
    I was surprised at the level of detail that was included in such a simple book.

    I liked how this book was clear in presenting the message it intended. The illustrations are colorful and pull the reader into the story; to capture so much emotion on simple cartoon characters.
    I would definitely recommend this book. What a great book to share with your young ones.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    A great retelling of the story of Easter

    I read The Story of Easter, Retold by Gwen Ellis and Illustrated by Steve Smallman. This is a children's book, and includes a DVD with short videos related to the story of Easter. The book is based on the story of Easter as told in the Bible. It starts with the request of a donkey colt by Jesus and tell the story of how He went from that point to His death and into Heaven. Each scene in the story is referenced by the passage in the Bible that it can be found. It also as a "thinker" box that asks a question or makes a statement to help promote discussion. This book is for children as young as 3, but with the "thinker" boxes it can easily be utilized with older children as well.

    I liked how this book was clear in presenting the message it intended. The illustrations are colorful and pull the reader into the story. I liked that there was the basic part of the story for young children, but also challenging things for older children to think about and discuss with a parent or mentor. The DVD that came with the book contains illustrations and animations parallel to the book. The stories are accurate with what the Bible says and are short and easy to understand. The DVD is more appropriate for older children, and a great bonus to the book.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    easter books can be read anytime of the year.

    the set up of the book is great. easy to read. big "chapter" titles, followed by verse references. the illustrations are relevant and appropriately focus on each chapter's story.

    in the back of the book, there is a "can you retell the story" section filled with scrambled pictures. i loved this part. my daughter was able to point out the pictures in sequence and retell the story.

    short dvd is included. it's only 18 minutes long - but that's plenty with younger kids who don't sit still.

    i received this complimentary book from thomas nelson publishers - specifically for review.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    Great Kids Easter Book

    The Story of Easter retold by Gwen Ellis and Illustrated by Steve Smallman is a wonderful book that explains the truths of Christ's last days on the earth in a way easily understood by younger children. My four year old daughter loved the Story of Christmas written by the same author and this book is in the same vein: clear, simple stories, included DVD of the story, ideas of topics to talk about with your children, and a great section at the back with assorted pictures from the story without the words so your child can tell the story back to you.

    My favorite part of this book is the illustrations. I love the way Mr. Smallman is able to capture so much emotion on simple, non threatening cartoon characters. The story encompasses so much emotion - from the very happiest of happy to the lowest of low - and the illustrator was able to capture those emotions in his drawings in such a way that it was very clear to my daughter how the people were affected by the events of the death, burrial, and resurrection of Christ. For anyone hunting for a Biblically based retelling of the Easter story for their children, I would definitely recommend this book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    The Story of Easter:Retold by Gwen Ellis

    The Story of Easter
    Retold by Gwen Ellis

    The Story of Easter retold by Gwen Ellis is an easy to read and to understand accounting of the resurrection of Christ. The book is divided into sections beginning with Jesus' donkey ride into Jerusalem. The Story takes the reader through the Crucifixion of Jesus to Jesus going into Heaven.

    My four year old listened to me read it and then could easily answer questions and retell the story herself. The Crucifixion part is retold in a gentle way as to convey the message but not the gore. I give this book an A++.

    As a bonus the book comes with a companion DVD. The DVD goes through the chapters of the book and then adds a few other stories from the Bible. The Bible characters are portrayed in a fun but loving way that attracts a child's attention. We watched it over and over. The DVD also includes fun games for children to play on the computer.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com http://BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    An easy to read, yet very thorough retelling of Easter story

    I bought this book for my twin 7-year-old sons as a way to explain the story of Easter. I was surprised at the level of detail that was included in such a simple book. The book covered Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas' betrayal, Pilate's judgement, Jesus' crucifixion and entombment, the Resurrection, and the Ascension. That's a lot of info packed into a book that took about 10 minutes to read, and which had plenty of helpful illustrations.

    I liked this book so much that I read it to the students in my boys' religious education class. It explained the events surrounding Easter even better than the class textbook.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    My first Easter

    What a great book to share with your young ones who are celebrating their first Easter.

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