Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I'm going through all our bookshelves rounding up Easter books and bunny books. Here's what we have so far:
The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry, illustrated by Mary Ann Utt. This board book tells the story of Jesus in simple, direct language. It starts out explaining that "when we celebrate Easter, we remember that God gave us his Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior." Jesus' healing miracles and love are contrasted with those who were angry and frightened at his teaching. Scenes of Jesus and his followers are presented from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. This is a good book for families with young children celebrating at home and participating in church services through out Holy Week, introducing children to the Christian holiday.
Why is There a Cross? by Kathleen Long Bostrom, illustrated by Elena Kucharik. A questions my five year old often has is "Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?" That is a hard one to answer for anyone, but especially hard to explain to a young child. I don't like to come down heavy on the sin and punishment rational. I try to emphasis the love and mercy of God. I found this book in the bookstore that does that very well, and includes children of all races.
The National Geographic book Celebrate Easter by Barbara Heiligman. Beautiful photos of people all around the world in their various styles of celebration and worship. Simple, clear explanations of the history, mythology and practices of Easter. Fabulous book!
The Whispering Rabbit, by Margaret Wise Brown. A sweet story about a bunny who accidentally swallows a bumble bee and must find the quietest sound in the world to lure him out. Love this one!
Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Another sweet little story. A lonely bunny looks for a home to share with someone to love. Wise Brown follows the classic quest for home pattern with a satisfying ending.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. We have both the Golden Book version illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres and the little F. Warne & Co. classic version.
Renchenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco. Polacco is a masterful writer and artist. Her illustrations glow with joy. Her stories are often autobiographical and full of genuine folk history and humor from her family’s roots in the Ukraine, Russia and Ireland. She grew up very close to her grandparents and writes most of her stories about the magical relationships between older and younger people. She didn’t start illustrating and writing children’s books until she was in her 40s, another reason I like her! This particular story is full of miracles and revolves around Easter themes. Many of her picture books are very appropriate for middle grade and older children.
I always try to put a few books in the Easter baskets. I'm about to go over to the book store for some solitary browsing while my kids are at school. (Yippee! Mom's holiday!!) What would you recommend we add to our collection this year?