I angle for
a glimpse of him
whose touch unlocks
a blind man's sight,
a deaf man's hearing.
A man in the crowd at Jerusalem vies to see Jesus; a disciple recounts details of the Last Supper; Pilate's wife fears her husband's decision. Beginning with Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem, Nikki Grimes explores the first Easter through the voices of those who witnessed it.
The author's introductions provide a thoughtful framework, and David Frampton's beautifully intricate and expressive woodcuts illuminate each poem. At Jerusalem's Gate
offers readers of all ages insight into the most important moments in Christian history.
Read a review of the book by our own Rachel Bomberger on EerdWord
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Society of Illustrators, The Original Art Annual Exhibition (2005)
Booklist, Top Ten Religion Books for Youth (2005)
Cleveland Public Library, Celebrate with Books (2005)
National Council of Teachers of English, Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children to Nikki Grimes (2006)
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Poetry is gentle yet thoughtful, alluding to the brutality of the execution while providing an almost prayer-like personal reflection. . . . A handsome, well-designed offering for middle readers and families."
Christian Library Journal
"Grimes and Frampton have produced an elegant banquet of poems and visuals about the Easter story. . . . Praises and hosannas for this title."
School Library Journal
"Bold, handsome woodcuts reinforce the powerful drama depicted in poetry. An outstanding effort worthy of inclusion in most collections. "
"In this series of simple, straightforward poems preceded by explanatory paragraphs, Grimes retells the Easter story from Jesus' triumphant arrival at Jerusalem's Gate to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Grimes' clever wordplay . . . will hold readers' attention, and her poems ask some important theological questions. . . . Frampton's woodcuts, which recall Byzantine artwork, especially in the wide-eyed, angular faces, are extraordinarily compelling. The bold colors and thoughtful, intricate patterning demand a second look. . . . An arresting rendition."
"An extraordinary collection. . . . Frampton's elegant woodcut to illustrate the treatment of Christ shows a dove flying through curling barbed branches. These images in words and pictures will keep readers thinking about the book — and the Passion — long after the covers are closed."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This handsomely presented collection should win a following among readers seeking deeply reverent materials for Holy Week."
Washington Post Book World
"A sequence of spare, hard-hitting, yet profoundly respectful poems reanimates the well-worn story of Christ's passion and resurrection. . . . The traditional, iconographic look of Frampton's woodcuts hides an unexpected visual wit."