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The Easter Story
Brian Wildsmith
Ages 5-10
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
HARDCOVER; Published: 1/1/2000
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5189-5
Price: $ 21.00
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 9.5 x 12
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Once, a long time ago, a little donkey was brought to Jesus. The little donkey had never been ridden before, but Jesus spoke gently to him, and soon he stopped being afraid. Jesus climbed onto the donkey's back, and they set off for Jerusalem. . .

In clear, reverent language and shining gold- toned paintings, award-winning author/illustrator Brian Wildsmith creates this companion book to his earlier A Christmas Story. With an enchantingly simple perspective that will engage even the very youngest child, Wildsmith offers a splendid new version of the greatest story ever told.

Read about some great Lenten craft ideas to accompany this book on Eerdlings.

Parents' Choice Award, Recommended winner
Publishers Weekly
"The text is involving and child-friendly. Yet it is Wildsmith's sumptuous paintings that steal the show. Combining a bright palette with generous gold accents, the art is warm and reverent — almost radiantly joyful."
"Wildsmith's own passion for the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection is unmistakable in his glorious, metallic-gold-hued illustrations, which tell the story more vividly than words ever could. . . Lush jewel tones capture the richness of the narrative, and mesh in a strangely beautiful way with the simple paintings of Jesus, the angels, Mary Magdalene, and others in the biblical cast of characters. The Easter Story will make a gorgeous addition to any Easter basket."
Kirkus Reviews
"Wildsmith relates key events surrounding the crucifixion in some detail; but the glory of this book . . . is its illustrations. . . . A richly complex visual feast, masterfully integrated into a reverent, unusual interpretation: Wildsmith at his best.“"
Parents' Choice
"The text gracefully handles the crucifixion, which can be difficult for young children to understand, and strategically includes relevant Bible verses with which a child might be familiar. The memorable illustrations with their color washes and gold tones are far from standard fare."
"Wildsmith offers an opulent and symbol-laden visual re-creation of Jesus' last days. The actual retelling is simplified, yet faithful to the biblical account. But it is the artwork, not the text that conveys the passion of the story, which Wildsmith treats ‘like grand opera.' . . . A first choice for the Easter collection."