"The Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday" is the latest in the Living Lights Faith Stories. Written by Mike Berenstain (his parents were Stan and Jan) it is another great tale with Brother and Sister Bear and their Easter activities at the helm. The artwork is great as always and it is fun for kids to see a family of bears living as if they were people. My favorite picture in the book show three bear women heading to Jesus' tomb where the rock is rolled away and includes the verse "Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb." --Mark 16:2
This story has the Bear family dressing up for church and enjoying the sermon about Jesus going to Jerusalem, the last supper, his betrayal, death and how he rose from the dead on Easter. After a religious themed Easter hunt (not eggs but animals to match up for Noah's ark) Sister Bear asks what Easter eggs and Easter bunnies have to do with Jesus. The preacher explains that Spring time is a time of rebirth (just as Jesus' ascension is our rebirth) when many animals are born. He tells the cubs that this has been celebrated for many years before Jesus' time. The two traditions just got mixed up together and that it is okay to enjoy candy and other festivities on Easter just so long as we remember that that has nothing to do with Jesus.
The back cover includes Activities and Questions for your family to extend the fun of the book. I love that part for parents who want to make the story more real for their little ones.
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