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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.