Little Blessings- Easter Stories and Prayers (written by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Illustrated by Elena Kucharik)
Little Blessings, Easter Stories and Prayers is an adorable book, and I’m excited to have an Easter book to share with my kids around Easter. Easter is a hard holiday to explain to kids, especially when you are putting the Easter bunny up against Jesus dying on the cross and raising again. Honestly, the first is much easier for children to understand. This book is bright and beautiful, and is a great way to draw children’s attention to the story of Jesus. When I sat down with my four year old, who happens to have a deep love for Jesus, and started reading the book to her, she was very curious about the many beautiful illustrations of all the children. Each page told a part of the story in poetry format, and displayed illustrations of children partaking in different activities.
Easter Stories and Prayers contains four different stories, “Why is There a Cross”, “Who is Jesus”, “What is Prayer”, and “What About Heaven”. Each story is about fifteen pages, front and back, some just illustrations, other just words, some have both. The book has a simple layout: title page, story titles, the stories, and then a list of additional Little Blessings books. The stories even contain scriptures, on every other page, for actual biblical reference. The only thing I found missing was a table of contents. Being that it’s three separate stories, should I only want to read one specific story, I would have liked to have had a page number so I did’t have to go flipping through the pages to find the start of the story I’m looking for. Other then that I find the book to be beautiful, the stories appropriate, and the pictures captivating.
Each Story is told in poetry format, which is both beautiful and fun. The stories start off asking questions a child might ask, an then goes on to answer it for them as if Jesus is answering them himself. The Illustrations go along with the book each relate to the story in a way, showing children partaking in different activities. I absolutely love the illustrations, as they remind me a lot of precious moments. Not only are they adorable, they are very detailed, each telling a story all their own. If a child doesn’t find the stories themselves interesting, they would definitely follow along with the illustrations. Overall I would describe this book as bright, fun, and educational. Sometimes sitting down and trying to explain biblical things to your children is difficult, especially when attention spans are short. This book provides a way of explaining these things, but in a manner a child might understand better
The book itself is a padded hard cover. After a few days of handling the book has received a few creases and scratches. It is more suited for the older ages who can handle with care. The pages are thin and delicate, again making it more suitable for older ages, but these things in no way take away from how beautiful this book is. This is a book that will probably come out around Easter only for special reading times, but only because I want this book to stay in beautiful condition. I am so glad to have made this book a part of our collection, and so look forward to reading it to my kids this Easter.
-I received this book for free through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.