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Michael Hague's Family Easter Treasury

Michael Hague's Family Easter Treasury

by Michael Hague

Beloved illustrator Michael Hague has brought together thirty-two of his favorite stories and poems in a joyous commemoration of Easter. There are entries for the oldest and the youngest family members to enjoy.

The collection is divided into four sections: A Time of Faith, which recounts the story of Christ's death; A Time of Rebirth, which rejoices in the


Beloved illustrator Michael Hague has brought together thirty-two of his favorite stories and poems in a joyous commemoration of Easter. There are entries for the oldest and the youngest family members to enjoy.

The collection is divided into four sections: A Time of Faith, which recounts the story of Christ's death; A Time of Rebirth, which rejoices in the resurrection; A Time of Celebration, which extols the traditions of the Easter rabbit and painted eggs; and A Time of Love, which celebrates the wonder and new growth of the season. The anthology includes works by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Oscar Wilde, and many others.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The miracle of Easter remains one of the most difficult religious observances to explain to children. But Hague (The Teddy Bears' Picnic) admirably takes on the task with this well-rounded collection of Biblical passages, stories and poems focusing on the sacred as well as secular aspects of the spring holiday. Hague's approach is four-pronged, beginning with a section entitled "A Time of Faith," followed by "A Time of Rebirth," "A Time of Celebration" and "A Time of Love." Each section opens with a passage from the Gospels of Mark, Luke, John and Matthew as they appear in the King James Bible. Though there is often little distinction between the sections' themes, the first two focus primarily on rebirth after death, employing Bible stories of Jesus' Resurrection as well as texts which highlight the new life of the spring following the dead time of winter. Among the highlights are "The Selfish Giant" by Oscar Wilde, "The Waking Year" by Emily Dickinson and "Spring" by William Blake. In the thorough and fascinating "In the Easter Basket," (part of "A Time of Celebration"), Elizabeth Hough Sechrist explains variations on the traditions of dyed Easter eggs, Easter baskets and the Easter Bunny from around the world. And in "A Time of Love," Hague again pays homage to the wonders of spring. His pastel-and-watercolor artwork spans the ages, from Biblical to modern times, using images holy, fantastic and ordinary. From sweeping spreads to borders and small spots, Hague gives each text entry a style and flavor all its own, yet his consistent palette unifies the volume as a whole. A compendium families will revisit year after year. All ages. (Mar.)
Children's Literature
Poems by William Blake and Emily Dickinson, a story by Oscar Wilde, and pertinent Gospel readings combine felicitously in Family Easter Treasury. Michael Hague coupled some of his favorite readings with his own richly detailed paintings to create a fun and informative holiday commemoration. 1999, Holt. Ages All. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K Up-Collecting a fine variety of Easter stories and poems is more difficult than finding quality material for a Family Christmas Treasury (Holt, 1995), yet Hague has done an even better job with this book. Some selections, such as Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant" and William Blake's "The Lamb," are old favorites, but many of the others are less familiar, and all are very well chosen for a sweet, traditional, uplifting celebration of the various aspects of the Easter season. Each of the four sections-"A Time of Faith," "A Time of Rebirth," "A Time of Celebration," and "A Time of Love"-is introduced by the slightly differing Easter portions of the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the King James Version of the Bible. Stories of bunnies mingle with spiritual and cautionary tales. Padraic Colum, Raymond Alden, and Alice Sligh Turnbull, and poets Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Christina Rossetti are among the authors included. With his usual meticulous elegance of artistic style, Hague decorates and illustrates the large, handsome book with richly colored mixed-media pictures in all shapes and sizes and a variety of moods, among them fanciful, realistic, and dramatic.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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8.82(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt


The Gospel According to St. Luke
23:33-34, 44-46, 50-56, 24:1-31


And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

    And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

    And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counseller; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

    Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre,bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words. And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

    It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass. And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about three-score furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass therein these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

All Ye Christian People!


Sing, all ye Christian people!
Swing, bells, in every steeple!
   For Christ to life is risen,
   Set free from death's dark prison.
With joyfulness, with joyfulness your
   alleluyas sing,
For Christ has come again to greet the spring.

Green now is on the larches;
Springtime in triumph marches,
   And every day uncloses
   A host of new primroses:
Then daffodils and marybuds
   let us in garlands bring,
For Christ has come again to greet the spring.

Skylarks, the earth forsaking,
Soar to their music-making,
   And in the roof-tree's hollow
   Now builds the trusting swallow:
So cries to him, so flies to him
   my soul on fearless wing,
For Christ has come again to greet the spring.

Smile Praises, O Sky!

Translated from the Latin by Elizabeth Charles

Smile praises, O sky!
   Soft breathe them, O air!
Below and on high,
   And everywhere.
The black troop of storms
   Has yielded to calm;
Tufted blossoms are peeping,
And early palm.

Arouse thee, O spring!
   Ye flowers, come forth,
With thousand hues tinting
   The soft green earth;
Ye violets tender,
   And sweet roses bright,
Gay Lent-lilies blended
   With pure lilies white.

Meet the Author

Michael Hague has illustrated many best-selling books for children, including The Teddy Bears' Picnic, A Child's Book of Prayers, and The Velveteen Rabbit. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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