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Last summer when I asked my five-year-old son about his goals for this year he told me he wanted to learn to cook, climb trees, and more about Jesus. While I thought we should add in a few other subjects, I was certainly happy to help him learn more about Jesus. When I found out about the The Easter Storybook: 40 Bible Stories Showing Who Jesus Is published by David C Cook, I knew it would be a great way to continue working on that goal.
When The Easter Storybook arrived in the mail my son was excited to open it and had me read the first story that very night. Each story was approximately one page and includes a full page illustration on the opposite page. The book is hard bound and colorful, which works well to engage children and to help it hold up against the not so careful use of children. The Easter Storybook was written by Laura Richie and Illustrated by Ian Dale.
About The Easter Storybook
These short but powerful stories, tell about Jesus and his life and works. They are short enough to keep the attention span of a young child. We used the predominately at bedtime, although he would also sometimes bring it to me to read when we had time for an extra read aloud during the day.
At the top of each story is the Bible reference for the story as well as one key verse that relates to the story. At the end of the story there are one or two discussion questions. For example, day 15 was Jesus and the Rich Man. The Bible reference was Matthew 19; Mark 10, and Luke 18.
The related scripture verse was Romans 3:23-24, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift.” At the end of the story the discussion question is, “What is impossible with humans but possible with God?”
The stories start when Jesus is a young boy in the temple (Luke 2) and finish with Jesus’s Ascension (Matthew 28). Benjamin’s favorite story was Day 3, Jesus is Tempted. This was the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. It described how Satan tempted Jesus with food, power, and his faithfulness to God.
All in all, we found that this storybook was a great way to help us focus on Jesus and his life and ministry as we prepare for Easter. You can read one a day for the 40 days leading up to Easter or since they share a great deal of the life of Jesus they could be read anytime during the year.
I would recommend this book for preschool through elementary students as a read aloud with parents. It could be read independently by elementary students but the discussion questions with the parent really add to the learning.
Be sure to check out the The Easter Storybook if you are looking for a great way to focus your family on Jesus during this Easter season and you can find out more about all of the wonderful products at the David C Cook,website. You can even check out my review of David C Cook Action Bible Anytime Devotions (Review) to see another one of their great products. Don’t forget to click on the graphic below to check out the reviews from other Review Crew members.
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