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Children’s books

07 April 2017

“Hooray for the king!”: Jesus enters Jerusalem in The Easter Story

“Hooray for the king!”: Jesus enters Jerusalem in The Easter Story

SOPHIE PIPER retells The Easter Story for young children in a small hardback illustrated by Annabel Spenceley. It has a distant view of the three crosses as the Beloved Dis­ciple comforts Mary in the foreground. The context is clearly the mes­­­sage of the Kingdom (Lion Chil­dren’s, £3.99 (£3.60); 978-0-7459-6513-0). Also from Lion Hudson, My Very First Easter, by Juliet David, is illus­trated by Helen Prole, in the Candle Bible for Toddlers series (£2.99 (£2.70); 978-1-78128-244-1), with very simple text and pictures. Even so, the subject, including the crucifixion, seems ad­­vanced for the age group (as the pub­lishers seem to sense, since toddlers become “young readers” in the blurb).

The selling-point of The Lion Picture Puzzle Bible by Peter Martin (Lion Hudson, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-0-7459-6545-1), is Len Epstein’s colour­ful two-A4-page epic scenes, in pro­fuse detail and a humorous style: details are picked out to be searched for. The stories tell of figures includ­ing Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus, and St Paul. “The Way of the Cross” shows Simon carrying the cross as Jesus falls, with a large cast of onlookers, including Pilate (in what? Certainly not a toga). GP

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