Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Simon and the Easter Miracle Review

The gospels tell of Simon of Cyrene--"a man coming in from the country"--who was ordered to carry Jesus' cross.  Over the centuries, his story has been woven into a Polish folktale.  In the tradition of The Three Trees this folk tale gives a fresh perspective on the Easter story. 

When Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his items--bread, eggs, and wine--will become important symbols of Jesus' passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.

Funny Bunny's Review:  Simon and the Easter Miracle is a good book for people who want to learn more about Easter. The characters are Simon, the guards, and the "criminal".  When Simon is commanded by a guard to carry the criminal's cross, Simon is hesitant but has to agree.  When the man states he did nothing wrong, Simon hurries away from the crucifixion site.  The next morning, something happens to make Simon realize a miracle has happened. 

My Thoughts:  This is a wonderful story with beautiful illustrations.  Simon was just an ordinary man who was led to help in an extraordinary event.  A reminder that extraordinary things can happen to us all.

On a side note, I do wish it told more about the message being spread and who the "criminal" was.  Children who are unfamiliar with the story will need more explanation.

Find Out More:  You can find out more about Simon and the Easter Miracle online at Kregel Publications.  This book is for ages 5 to 7 (although Funny Bunny is almost 9 and enjoyed it).  It is hardcover and sells for $14.99.  Here you can read an excerpt.

Disclosure:  This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the products to the vendor.  I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own. 



I would like to know how you get into "reviewing" I have seen soo many homeschool blogs that talk about reviewing stuff.
Thank you,

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