Tuesday, March 27, 2012

{Kregel Blog Tour} Simon and the Easter Miracle by Mary Joslin and Anna Luraschi

Book Description:  Together with sophisticated artwork, a picture book retelling of a traditional European tale, with the events and meaning of the first Easter at its heart
Both thought-provoking and engaging, this is the story of Simon of Cyrene —"a man coming in from the country," as the Gospels refer to him—who was ordered to carry Jesus' cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into Polish folklore; 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 produce—of bread, eggs, and wine—will become important symbols of Jesus' passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.

My Review: This is a traditional Easter story.  Simon is a farmer on his way to the market.  The story centers around the market place, the hub of the city.
As Simon is about to set up his place to sell his goods he is confronted by a solider.  The soldier wants him to immediately put his bags down and carry the cross.  
Simon does as he is commanded for who would go against a Roman soldier with a very sharp sword?  But after the day has worn on and Simon returns to his place he finds that all his bags have been overturned and everything is ruined.
But then an Easter miracle takes place for Simon!
This is a great story for kids!  My 11 year-old immediately read this story as soon as it arrived.  He loved it!  Not just the pictures but he loved the story.  He mentioned that God must have really loved Simon since Simon got to help Jesus, God's Son.  
The art work is colorful and each page stands out in its telling of Simon's story.  This is one of those books that makes a great addition to any child's Easter basket!
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*
  • Reading level: Ages 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lion UK (January 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745960588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745960586

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