The Legend of the Easter Egg, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of a Favorite Easter Tradition

The Legend of the Easter Egg, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of a Favorite Easter Tradition

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by Lori Walburg, Richard Cowdrey
     
 

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One April morning when the air was soft and sweet, a boy and his sister went outside to gather eggs.

“Easter’s coming,” the sister said. “Let’s pretend we’re hunting Easter eggs.”

“What are Easter eggs?” the boy asked.

When Thomas’s older sister Lucy falls ill, Thomas goes to live with the Sonnemans

Overview

One April morning when the air was soft and sweet, a boy and his sister went outside to gather eggs.

“Easter’s coming,” the sister said. “Let’s pretend we’re hunting Easter eggs.”

“What are Easter eggs?” the boy asked.

When Thomas’s older sister Lucy falls ill, Thomas goes to live with the Sonnemans in their candy shop. He gets to eat peppermint sticks, fill candy jars, and weigh chocolate on the tippy scales, but he misses Lucy. When Easter comes, Mrs. Sonneman gives Thomas his first chocolate egg and Thomas learns the true meaning behind Easter eggs, the empty tomb, and the hope found in Jesus.

This classic story of faith, love, and wonder is sure to be a treasured reminder of the miracle of Easter.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
Fifteen years after its original publication, this sentimental story that explains the symbolism behind Easter eggs and their role in remembering the Resurrection receives new illustrations. The story of Thomas, who is whisked away in the middle of the night and deposited with the kindly owners of a candy store when his sister falls ill with scarlet fever, is done no favors by the new illustrations. Cowdrey's pastel-colored illustrations harken back to an undefined, idealized past of wood (or coal) cookstoves and genuine penny candy. They are certainly cheery in palette, but the characters tend to stare out at readers with fixed, earnest expressions, and the little white dog that appears on most pages often looks downright creepy. The story is a long and disjointed one, devoting a whole spread to a hailstorm that does nothing to move the plot along and neglecting to explain to readers the reasons for Thomas' exile (the notion of quarantine is never discussed). Children will naturally wonder why Thomas' parents never come to visit him at the candy shop, and Cowdrey does nothing in the illustrations to fill this or other narrative gaps. They will also likely grow impatient before the connection between Easter eggs and the Easter story is explained. The layout, which crams the text into thin columns on the far edges of most double-page spreads, does little to help the pacing. Missable. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310735458
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,113,256
Product dimensions:
12.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Lori Walburg is a freelance editor, a writer for the NIrV Kid's Devotional Bible, and the author of The Legend of the Easter Egg. She lives with her family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Richard Cowdrey’s favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and His creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard's bestselling children's books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas.

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The Legend of the Easter Egg, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of a Favorite Easter Tradition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
What is Easter? This beautiful over-sized hardcover book is an inspirational telling of a favored Easter tradition. The story explains the tradition of the Easter egg. Thomas and Lucy gathered eggs, pretending to hunt for Easter eggs. That night Lucy became very sick with scarlet fever, and Thomas was taken to stay with the Sonneman's at their candy store while Lucy recuperated. During his stay with the Sonneman's he learned about the tradition of the Easter egg and the story of Easter.  This is a timeless story with beautiful, colorful and vivid illustrations that represent a time many years ago. The focus of scarlet fever also leads one to the conclusion that this story is based in the past. It's a sweet and poignant story of a little boy's journey to understanding some confusing and concerning issues. Told with a simple message the story of Easter is rich in representing Christ and the resurrection.    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.