This could go under the "Preparing for Easter" series, because I think pre-ordering this (from store or library, whatever) would be a good thing to do if you've got little ones in the house, but I'll just stick with calling it a book review.
"What is Easter?" is a charming little board book, written by Michelle Medlock Adams and illustrated by Amy Wummer. It's probably a little too advanced for the one-year old crowd (though they might like the pictures), a stretch for the two-year olds (a good stretch) and just about right for someone who's three.
The first half of the book is full of questions. Questions like: "Is Easter about hunting eggs? I do that every year. Does it mean eating chocolate stuff? I ate my bunny's ear."
It answers those questions about halfway through with a definitive: "NO! That's not what Easter means . . ." and proceeds to explain about the crucifixion, the resurrection, and how Jesus came to save us from our sins.
One of the things I like about this book is that it explains the true meaning of the holiday ("holy day") but doesn't denigrate the traditions that have grown up around it. Take this last rhyme for example:
"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."
Pretty cool, no? I like the reminder that cultural celebrations are okay, as long as they don't obscure the real, religious, true reason for the celebration. Pretty sophisticated concept for a kids' book, but well-presented, and easy enough for a toddler to get.
peace of Christ to you,
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