Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Easter Stories and Prayers (Little Blessings) by Kathleen Long Bostrom; illustrated by Elena Kucharik

About the book: Celebrate the real meaning of Easter with this special collection of four Little Blessings books.  Each title is written to help kids learn more about Jesus and the sacrifice that was made for us.  This volume also includes a special note from the author, Kathleen Long Bostrom, to help readers understand the meaning of Easter and the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.

Review: This is the first time I have read anything written by Kathleen Long Bostrom.  I did enjoy the stories collected in this one volume.  For me, the target reading age would be 3-yr old and up to early elementary.

Pros:  The illustrations are very nice and calming.  They have a little bit of an old-fashioned feel to them and for this Nana, that is sweet.  There are four books in this one book – easy to keep up with. The titles:  “Why is There a Cross?” – “Who Is Jesus?” – “What is Prayer?” – “What about Heaven?”  Each story is written in a very easy rhyming manner.  It makes reading the stories fun for adults and is engaging to children.

Cons:  The title is a little bit misleading.  Because I’ve never read anything written by Ms. Bostrom, I was expecting the “Easter Story” and while it does have some of the details, it doesn’t go as far as the title implies.  Also, there is no table of contents to list the different stories.  Again, because I wasn’t familiar with Ms. Bostrom’s writings, I thought that this was just “one” book.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.  I don’t know that we can ever stop teaching about our children about prayer and talking with God, even when their young adults.  To quote Ms. Bostrom….
“Talking to God is a great thing to do.  And God’s always ready to listen to you.” (pg 78) 
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Tyndale Blog Network on behalf of the publisher and author to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely the reviewers. No compensation was received for this review.(reviewed P.Howard)


  1. Thank you for your candid review of this book. I imagine that different bible-based story books look very different depending on the target audience. It sounds like this one may be best for young children. Thank you for sharing your recommendation in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  2. I love your worksheet. The Year of the Boar sounds so much better than the year of the pig! (That gives my age away, perhaps!) Thank you for your wonderful post. We have a large Chinese population in Vancouver so the schools do a great job of covering this topic. You have some great recommendations for books - pinning!! Thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  3. Hi there! This sounds like something our grandson might enjoy. He has just started church school and really enjoys it. Also, rhyming text appeals to little guys. Thanks for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


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