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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Simon and the Easter Miracle by Mary Joslin and Anna Luraschi

The gospels tell of Simon of Cyrene - ""a man coming in from the country"" - who was ordered to carry Jesus' cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into Polish folklore: When Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his produce - of bread, eggs and wine - will become important symbols of Jesus' passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages. Together with sophisticated artwork, this picture book retelling of a traditional European tale is both thought-provoking and engaging, with the events and meaning of the first Easter at its heart.
This is a traditional tale for Easter time, based around the market held in the town. The story is one of a good Samaritan, assisting someone who is being sent to the cross and when he returns he finds his produce has been ruined and he returns home. The following day, he wakes to find a miracle has occurred with better crops and doves.
The book is a beautiful book to share with a child, the pictures telling the story well and the words enabling the story to be told simply.
A lovely book to give to a child at Easter, which although from the bible not focusing on the 'main' event of the Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Thank you to Michael at The School Run Forum for sending me this book to review.

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