Vickie Howie;Moira MacLean
(Concordia Publishing, Feb. 1, 2006)
For ages 2 to 5, this book tells the story of Jesus' death and victorious resurrection in simple text and engaging illustrations. Questions are included to get the child involved in the story. An extra feature -- durable flaps to lift that reveal more of the story -- adds more information in the form of visuals to reinforce the facts of Good Friday and Easter. Bright, colorful illustrations immediately capture and then hold the young child's attention. Simple and playful words tell the story. The child then gets actively involved as he hears the "who's there" question, lifts the flap, and discovers what or who is pictured under the flap. The child builds reading skills by associating the question with the illustrated answer. Additional comprehension skills are developed because the child becomes a participant in the reading -- listening to the Bible story and responding so the story can continue. This technique helps the child learn the continuity of Christ's miraculous, sacrificial act for us Easter Surprise will encourage young children to see that Jesus went to the cross on our behalf, then rose from the grave in victory over sin, death, and the devil -- also on our behalf. This book begins with the two disciples borrowing a colt for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem, continues with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and, finally, Easter morning.