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The Road to Easter Day
     

The Road to Easter Day

by Jan Godfrey, Marcin Piwowarski (Illustrator)
 

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Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
This picture book focuses on the events that take place the last week of Christ's life—as seen through the eyes of Ben, a small child who happens to be everywhere by himself and is thus able to watch everything. The authors begin each explanation about what happened with "Along the road, along the road, the road to Easter Day�" This catchy refrain has a great rhythm and ties each event together nicely—although readers are left to wish that the actual descriptions of the events would sound as consistent. For example, "Outside in the shadows, Ben looked and listened, he listened and he looked. He saw one of Jesus' friends slip quickly, slip quietly away. His name was Judas." This example begins with a steady rhythm that is perfect for reading aloud to young audiences, but then facts and descriptions are thrown in and jarringly stop the rhythm—even though it is important information that is given. However, the highlight of the book is the great illustrations. The dark-outlined and brightly-colored images are striking on their own, and readers will enjoy looking for Ben on each page—trying to find where he was hidden during each of the major events that lead to the first Easter day. This is a good introduction for young readers (who do not mind the choppy rhythm) to the Easter holiday. Reviewer: Joella Peterson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819864864
Publisher:
Pauline Books & Media
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Pages:
32
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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