Monday, June 9, 2014

The Story of Jesus

The Story of Jesus by Patricia A. Pingry

This is a board book with simple text and friendly pictures to introduce Jesus to young children.

"Jesus is the Son of God.
He loves us very much.
We celebrate Jesus' birthday at Christmas...One little boy had five rolls and two fish for his lunch. The boy gave it to Jesus to share. Jesus fed 5,000 people with the boy's lunch. Jesus promised that He would be with us forever. When we pray, we ask Jesus to help us. We love Jesus, because He first loved us."

It isn't always easy to find stories about Jesus for young children that present Christ's death on the cross in an age-appropriate manner. This book shows a family going to church on Easter Sunday with three crosses next to the church. It simply says "On Easter, we remember that Jesus gave His life for us." The bright illustrations show signs of new life with tulips and a butterfly emphasizing the resurrection instead of the crucifixion. Personally I like that approach for children under three years old.

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