Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: "What is Easter?" by Michelle Medlock Adams

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Pastels, petticoats, patent leather shoes, bunnies n' bow's, and don't forget about the jelly beans; in a commercialized western society it is easy to loose focus of what Easter is all about.  Among the markers, behind the Play-Doh and plush toys in my daughters Easter basket was a book that posed a simple question, "What is Easter?"  I guess the Easter bunny had a few things to clarify.

Easter isn't all about the candy, eggs, and the infamous bunny, although I love Starburst jellybeans, it is about a Man who was born to die for the redemption our sins, who endured great pain and humiliation while nailed to a cross and given a crown of thorns.  Yes there is death, but there is life in the resurrection and trying to explain this to a one year old poses a challenge. So, I gave a hint to the Easter bunny. I told him that I wanted Elise to start learning the story of Christ at an early age,  but I would like it done in a fun and functional way.  Mr. Bunny really came through.

"What is Easter?," by Michelle Medlock Adams, is a wonderful illustrated children's book told by a child who simply wants to know what Easter is all about.  It starts playfully, "The little bunny hops, hops, hops. Is this what Easter means? Is it about the Easter eggs, all filled with jellybeans?"  The book continues with the same  pattern of questioning,  inquiring about chocolate bunnies, baby chicks, toys, a brand new dress, shiny shoes, high notes in the choir stand, parades. etc.   It describes the events of the cross, and why God sent His Son, without the gory details.  The book concludes at the heart of the matter, with a child's understanding of Easter, " Okay, now I get it. The Easter Bunny is okay, and Easter eggs are fun. But Easter's not about that stuff, it's all about God's Son."

This was definitely a great find by, "Mr. Bunny," I am pretty sure he found it at Meijer.  It is a great book for family sharing about Easter, and I would recommend it specifically for children between 1-5 years.  It encourages reading and reinforces Christian principles in a delightful way. Thumbs up Michelle Medlock Adams for creating a wonderful addition to our family library.

Peace and Love,

Najeema Iman, I AM Curly Locks

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