- Book Reviews A-H
- Book Reviews L-Z
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Our Growing Lenten/Easter Book Collection
This year we were blessed to add a few more titles to our Lent/Easter collection. Time to chat about our finds, very happy with all our purchases.
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
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.
Very sweet, but undiluted. 4 Star
On That Easter Morning - Mary Joslin
Retelling of the Easter story from Palm Sunday through to the Resurrection. The retelling is nicely and accurately done, a fair amount of text on each page, for the older child. Soft illustrations.
The Tale of The Three Trees - Angela Elwell Hunt
We found this copy at the op shop, bringing our tally to 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.
Easter Story - Gennady Spirin
After reading reviews highly recommending this title, we ordered but alas the book is missinging in transit. We await a new copy, The cover art itself looks promising.
Introduction to the Liturgical Year - Inos Biffi
My friend Jenn has been urging me to collect all of Inos Biffi's books, finally I purchased this one. So very pleased I did. (Thanks Jenn) This title is 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
I purchased this at the end of Lent last year and used it for the first time this Lent. Another excellent book of Biffi's. They are perfect for children to gain an indepth understanding of their Faith but are by no means watered down.
Excellent! 5 Star+!