The gospels tell of Simon of Cyrene–“a man coming in from the country”–who was ordered to carry Jesus’ cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into a Polish folktale. In the tradition of The Three Trees this folk tale gives a fresh perspective on the Easter story. When Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his items–bread, eggs, and wine–will become important symbols of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.
About The Author:
Mary Joslin, published exclusively by Lion, is known for her children’s books on belief and spirituality. Her books, which include The Story of the Cross and On That Christmas Night, have sold more than 200,000 copies.
About the Illustrator:
Anna Luraschi has illustrated a number of books for Usborne.
This is a wonderful children’s story….if you don’t mind that it’s not the complete telling of the Easter story from the Bible. However, that being said, this is a wonderful children’s story that is filled with vibrantly created illustrations that tell the tale perfectly. I have a 7 year old and 9 year old boy and they both were captivated by the story and the pictures.
I partook in an Easter drama at the church I used to attend, and in the drama we portrayed Jesus’ crucifixion, complete with Simon carrying the cross. As I read this with my boys, I was taken back to that drama and the way it makes one feel. That’s what is portrayed in this story. How Simon’s life was forever changed by simply carrying the cross of the one who died for our sins. The retelling of Jesus’ resurrection is portrayed in a wonderful, easy to understand for those young children who are learning to read, and who are captivated by story time.
I highly recommend this 4 Book worthy children’s book to all who are looking for a fantastic children’s book. It would make the perfect addition to any home library for that Easter story time tradition, or for that Sunday school class for the little ones who love to read!