Friday, March 30, 2012

Simon and the Easter Miracle by Mary Joslin

Simon and the Easter Miracle
A Traditional Tale for Easter
Author: Mary Joslin
Illustrator: Anna Luraschi
Publisher: Lion Children’s Books
ISBN: 9780745960586
Hardcover: 32 pages

About the Book:
The gospels tell of Simon of Cyrene--"a man coming in from the country"--who was ordered to carry Jesus' cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into a Polish folktale. In the tradition of The Three Trees this folk tale gives a fresh perspective on the Easter story.

When Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his items--bread, eggs, and wine--will become important symbols of Jesus' passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.

This picture book retelling of a traditional tale is both thought-provoking and engaging.

Click to view an excerpt complete with illustrations.

My Thoughts:

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Simon of Cyrene and his roll in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Rich in symbolism: broken bread (broken body of Christ), spilled wine (Christ's spilled blood), empty eggs (empty tomb) and flying doves (Christ is risen), this story will delight readers of all ages.

With a Polish heritage, I was eager to read the story I remember my grandmother telling me a child.  It brought back so many memories and will be a continuing tradition as I share it with my children!

About the Author:

Mary Joslin, published exclusively by Lion, is known for her children's books on belief and spirituality. Her books, which include The Story of the Cross and On That Christmas Night, have sold more than 200,000 copies.

About the Illustrator:

Anna Luraschi has illustrated a number of books for Usborne.

This book was provided by the author/publisher for this tour hosted by Kregel. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.

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