Easter is a wonderful time! It's a celebration with jelly beans, bunnies, bright baskets filled with green artificial grass and those glorious dyed eggs that children will search for in all the nooks and crannies. But it is truly special because God loves us so much he gave us a special gift.
Debbie Trafton O'Neal has created an Easter book that will help children learn about Holy Week and Easter and learn the alphabet through verse. There are also activities for children and adults to make together: a place mat, table runner, window paintings, banner and diorama.
The illustrations are bold and colorful and just the thing to draw children into the fun of learning.
Armchair Interviews says: J is for Jesus: An Easter Alphabet and Activity Book is a perfect Easter gift for your special child.
Reviewed by Andrea Sisco, Armchair Interviews
This story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ goes from A to Z. Some letters and their symbols are clear. L is for Last Supper, and O represents the Mountain of Olives. Other letters, such as U, neatly fit into a phrase. After his death, "The unmovable moved, the stone rolled away." O'Neal writes that Jesus and his disciples, "...ate bread and drank wine as day turned to night." Children "danced with their feet." The Deity of Jesus is clear. He is the "Savior, for me and for you…." Jesus identifies himself as "God's Son," and as "the King of the Jews."
This help for learning ABCs is printed on sturdy, slick paper... perfect for children's hands. Illustrations by Jan Bryan-Hunt are brightly colored, realistic, and child-friendly. Many boys and girls, from various ethnic backgrounds, participate in the last week Jesus lived on earth. To encourage family participation, author Debbie Trafton O'Neal adds a two-page appendix of craft ideas. She hopes that reading J is for Jesus: An Easter Alphabet and Activity Book will help readers "create your own special memories."
Roberta Lou Jones,
Christian Library Journal - Volume XII, No. 2, June 2007