cover image The Story of Easter

The Story of Easter

Aileen Fisher. HarperCollins Publishers, $15.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-06-027296-8

Fisher condenses and makes plain the Bible accounts of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ and introduces young readers to the Easter season traditions from around the world in her newly reissued picture book. While Christians rejoice in the new life of Jesus on this important holiday, the whole world celebrates the rebirth of spring, whether it be by elaborately decorating Easter eggs or by strolling in an Easter parade. Fisher is careful to include Easter lore and symbols from many nations, and she also skillfully draws several parallels between this holiday and Passover. Vitale's richly textured paintings on wood range from glorious icon-like portraits of Jesus to scenes of frolicking children hunting for Easter eggs. The informative text, including directions for baking hot cross buns and egg-decorating ideas, offers many points for family discussion. Ages 7-10. (Feb.)