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Author: Dandi Daley Mackall

Illustrator: Gene Barretta

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Publisher: Tommy Nelson, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The story chronicles Jesus' life, from birth to his death and resurrection. This is an Easter poem.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.9

Age of Child: Started reading with child 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Before the covers were closed on the first reading, we had requests to read it again. Our preschooler sits attentively as we read the book each evening.

Adult Reader Reaction: Hearing the story of Jesus' life as a poem is a nice change from the usual story. The cadence and repetition help move the story along. The illustrations of the key figures (Mary, Joseph, Jesus) are a little to cartoonish. They remind you of the kid with the cold in a tissue commercial.

Pros: The story effectively portrays key points in Jesus' life, without being onerous. The illustrations, in general, are nice and complement the poem well.

Cons: None, really. Some may find the story glosses over some details too much for their liking.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. The story is well done for its target audience, and will be a nice complement to Easter traditions for years to come.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE COLT AND THE KING   BABY JESUS (Baby's First Bible Stories)   THE BEGINNER BIBLE

Educational Themes: This is the story of Jesus' life. There are opportunities to build on some of the events pictured in the book.

Notes: The Book comes with a CD.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - Christian, rhyme, picture book, poetry, biography, Easter

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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