Monday, March 26, 2012
Simon and the Easter Miracle
Simon is a farmer headed in to Jerusalem to sell the products of his farm when he is stopped by a Roman soldier and ordered to carry a cross for a criminal. He sets his wares down and carries the cross for Jesus. When he comes back for his things all that is left to take home again are a dozen eggs. Sunday morning the eggs have hatched and then a dozen doves fly away and he knows a miracle has happened.
Excerpt from the book
My children gathered around as I read this story to my youngest son. We enjoyed the illustrations and the words of the story. I'm not sure if my children understood the meaning behind the story but it will make a good introduction to the meaning of Jesus' death on the cross. I appreciate that the story ends on a light note of hope and peace and new beginning. I did feel that something was missing at the end but maybe that's where I need to take up the story of God's love for us and what it means in our lives.
Overall, Simon and the Easter Miracle, was an interesting story and I felt the illustrations were well done and interesting to my children.
I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publishers in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.
From Kregel Publishers:
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.
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.