cover image My Very First Easter Story

My Very First Easter Story

Lois Rock, illus. by Alex Ayliffe. Lion (IPG/Trafalgar Square, dist.), $6.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7459-6216-0

Rock tells the story of Jesus’s last days, starting with the triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Great Commission (“and the news has been spreading ever since”), followed by a simple poem-prayer, “In the Easter Garden.” Rock cuts through theological complexity (“Jesus came to us from God”) in offering an introductory-level version of the story at the heart of Christianity. Ayliffe’s papercut illustrations are a charming match for the story, using as many animals and cheerful children as the narrative allows. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)