Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Book Review: The Easter Swallows

I was originally going to wait until Holy Week to write about The Easter Swallows,but after reading through it a few times with Katie, I decided that I should tell you about it now.  I always hate when I read about a book that I decide I'd like for the kids when it's essentially too late to order it for when I would like to read it to them.

The Easter Swallows is a sweet children's book aimed to children in the three to five year old age range.  It tells the story of Holy Week through the perspective of a nesting pair of swallows.  The swallows follow Jesus from his entrance into Jerusalem to his resurrection.

I liked the illustrations which are sweetly done.  They captured Katie's attention and gave her plenty to look at as I read the story to her.  I liked how the illustrations are very appropriate for young children.  Sometimes picture books that depict Jesus's passion can be a bit scary for little ones, but these are sensitively done to give just enough visual for a child to understand what is happening without any gore to frighten them.  Katie must really like the story a lot because she has brought the book to me several times and that's something she typically only does with her favorite books.

This book would be great to read to little ones during Holy Week through the Easter season.  I'm pretty sure my kindergarten religious ed class would enjoy this story.  I'd recommend this book for children toddler aged through kindergarten.  Of course, I wouldn't leave a toddler alone with the book since it's not a board book.   This title would be a cute book to add to an Easter basket since it's a nice retelling of the Easter story.

I was provided with a review copy of The Easter Swallows by the publisher, Pauline Books, in exchange for my honest review.  Visit Pauline Books for more information [including a peek inside] on this title or to order a copy.

1 comment:

  1. I love this book! I lead the start of worship every week at my Church (Methodist - in the UK). This time is focused on the children - and a couple of years ago I read this story to everyone on Easter morning. A couple of the adults present said that they found the book quite moving :)


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