Lent/Easter

Little Colt’s Sunday – Michelle Medlock Adams

I was very excited to find a picture book for Palm Sunday. Little Colt whose great-great-grandpa carried Mary to Bethlehem is honoured to be selected to carry Our Lord for His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the story is told from the perspective of Little Colt. Warm illustrations, rhyming text, quite cute and appealing. 4 Star


Introduction to the Liturgical Year – Inos Biffi

My friend Jenn has urged me to collect all of Inos Biffi’s books, when I purchased this one I was very pleased I did.  (Thanks Jenn) To be used throughout the whole liturgical year.  We read several pertinent pages . Extremely in depth and yet concise.  The illustrations have an iconic feel. Excellent!! 5 Star+!

 

The Way of the Cross – Inos Biffi

Another Excellent!  5 Star+! book of Biffi’s.  Perfect for children to gain an indepth understanding of their Faith, by no means watered down.

 


Children’s Stations of the Cross – Susan Andrews Brindle

Lengthy text both in English and Spanish.  Brindle’s books are too waffly for me, gathering dust. 1 Star

 

 


Benjamin’s Box – Melody Carlson

One of our very, very favourites:) the children eagerly look forward to this book on Good Friday morning and the accompanying treasure egg hunt. Benjmin has gathered treasures that represent moments throughout Holy Week  5 Star

 

 

The Little Rose of Sharon – Nan Gurley

A beautiful story of sacrifice, a rose gives up her most prized possession (her lovely petals) to save a baby dove. The illustrations are beautiful, a favourite. 4 Star


Easter Swallows – Vicki Howie

The Easter story retold by a pair of swallows who are building a nest in the garden in which Jesus is buried.  Simple enough to hold the interest of little ones.  My favourite line is “Backwards and forwards they flew, carrying great globules of mud in their beaks.”  Isn’t globules a delicious word?  Very simple illustrations, light colours, sweet, but undiluted. 4 Star


The First Easter – Carol Heyer

Clear illustrations with straightforward text describing Holy Week and Easter.  The Last Supper needs some alteration for clarity to reflect our Catholic worldview, this book bothers me a little. Easy for the younger children to follow. 2.5 Star

 


Petook An Easter Story – Caryll Houselander

Petook the rooster and Martha the hen become the proud parents of 12 chicks. A young boy enters the vineyard and Petook rushes to protect his family, but all is well the boy is gentle.  Years pass and Petook is unhappy, on the hill three crosses stand and unknown to him on one Cross hangs the boy. Three days later Petook and Martha have a new batch of chickens. A reflection of the joy of the Resurrection.  Gentle introduction to the Resurrection and the symbolism of the Easter egg. 4 Star

The Tale of The Three Trees – Angela Elwell Hunt

We found this copy at the op shop, now totaling three books based on the similar storyline.  Three trees, all have grand dreams, it appears that their dreams fail miserably and yet…. their dreams do come to fruition. A big favourite.  Clear illustrations. 4 Star

 

The Story of Easter – Mary Joslin

An easy to follow storyline, the story of Easter, with soft illustrations. My only reservation about this book is early on when the author writes “Mary traveled to Bethlehem with her husband-to-be Joseph.” This inaccuracy jarrs in an otherwise great book. 3.5 Star

 

The Story of the Cross – Mary Joslin

Every year we use this book for meditation on Good Friday, very basic but clear to children.  4 Star


On That Easter Morning – Mary Joslin

Retelling of the Easter story from Palm Sunday through to the Resurrection.  Accurately told, a fair amount of text on each page, the casual rewording of Scriptural style is slightly jarring. Soft illustrations. 3.5 Star

 


Easter in the Garden – Pamela Kennedy

Micah a gardener’s son finds bird eggs in a tree, climbing down he hears and sees a crowd of angry people and Roman soldiers, he runs come scared to his mother.  His mother is crying and tells him their friend Jesus is dead. On Sunday morning Micah runs to the garden to see how the eggs fare, he sees the women on their way to the tomb and a man in a white robe who speaks to the women.  He realises Jesus is alive and then watches the eggs hatch.

Gentle Resurrection and egg symbolism story. 4 Star

The Thornbush – Michael Laughlin

A small thornbush grows in the streets of Jerusalem, the bush feels ugly and unwanted.  Jesus passes with his hands tied and gazes at the bush with gentle care.  The soldiers make a crown of thorns from the bush’s branches.  The bush is ashamed and refuses to bloom, but when Jesus’ rises from the dead, the bush blooms.  Illustrations use warm colours.

Gentle, reflective. 4 Star


The Legend of the Three Trees – Catherine McCafferty

A beautiful story about three trees who have big dreams, dreams involving grandeur, their dreams are doomed to fail or so they think. A favourite of ours suitable for either Christmas or Easter. 4 Star

 

 

The Very First Easter – Paul Maier

This book has lengthy text, plenty of Biblical quotes and beautiful illustrations.  The text is so long I rarely read it, tending to give to an older child to read to themselves.  Told mostly in a dialogue style between a child and his parents, not Catholic in tone. 2 Star


The Proud Tree- Luane Roche

This storyline is similar to the ‘Three Trees’. ‘Rex’ thinks he is a tree worthy for a king. But to his horror he is chopped down to be a cross for a crucifixion. However the proud Rex learns a lesson from the humble, gentle Jesus. A longer text, black and white illustrations. 4 Star


The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

Another story about continual self-sacrifice, the Giving Tree continually gives to a boy/man who took and took and never appreciated the sacrifices of the tree; the fruit, the branches and finally the trunk. Truthfully I find this book boring but it appeals to some of the children.  2 Star


Easter Story – Gennady Spirin

After reading reviews highly recommending it we ordered this book.  Based on the KJV with gorgeous illustrations, it is just perfect! 5 Star

 

The Legend of the Easter Egg – Lori WalburgBy the same author as ‘The Legend of the Candy Cane’. Written for little ones to explain the meaning of Easter.  I was disappointed as it wasn’t as well done as the ‘Candy Cane.’ 3 Star

The Easter Story – Brian Wildsmith

The story of Easter retold through the eyes of the little donkey that carried Jesus. From Palm Sunday throughout the events of Holy Week till the Resurrection we follow the donkey. Incredibly illustrated like all of Brian Wildsmith’s books, a treasure we love. *Contains an inaccuracy,  Mary the Mother of God goes to the tomb on Easter Sunday morn. 4.5 Star

Egg Books:


The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes – Marjorie Flack

A fun tale about five Easter Bunnies who delivered eggs to all the boys and girls. 3 Star

Easter Eggs for Anya – Virginia Kroll

Another new purchase, Anya’s family is too poor to buy eggs to decorate then Anya finds goose eggs and plans a surprise for her family. But God has an even better surprise in store. My children were mesmerised. The illustrations are very colourful, informative information about pysanky eggs and their symbolism.  5 Star

 

The Egg Tree – Katherine Milhous

Katy is on an egg hunt on Easter morning at her Grandmom’s when she finds a special set of eggs. Grandmom decided to hang the eggs from the branches of a tiny tree – an Egg Tree, beginning a very special Easter tradition. 4 Star


Rechenka’s Eggs – Patricia Polacco

Vibrant pictures depicting the decorative beauty of Ukrainian painted eggs. The tale of Babushka who is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in an injured goose who shows her miracles happen. We enjoy looking at the pictures for inspiration when we paint our eggs5 Star

Chapter Books


The Silver Chalice – Thomas B Costain

The story of Basil of Antioch who was commissioned to make the casing for the Chalice Jesus used at the Last Supper.  Basil travels to Rome to meet the apostles, braves persecution and makes a fateful choice


The Spear – Louis de Wohl,

For the older reader by one of my favourite authors. The last days of Christ, climaxing at the Crucifixion written from the eyes of the soldier, Longinus, who pierced Christ on the Cross. 5 Star

 


The Robe – Lloyd C Douglas

The story of a soldier’s quest to find truth in a corrupt world.  The soldier Marcellus, wins Christ robe during the Crucifixion, thus begins his quest.

 


The Big Fisherman – Lloyd C Douglas

Set before the robe, this book focuses on Peter although not exclusively.


Vinegar Boy – Alberta Hawse

This as our Lenten read aloud each year. The story of a disfigured boy who takes the vinegar to Christ on the Cross and his life is changed forever. 5 Star

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