by Richard Stergulz
A sad, neglected little
thornbush grows near a grand palace, its thorns too
sharp and flowers too small to be admired. But one day
a gentle-eyed man passes by, pushed by a crowd, his
hands tied. His kind gaze warms the bush in a way it
has never experienced. Little does it know, it will
be inextricably linked to this man for all time before
the day is through. Soon, another man comes and cuts
off some branches, and shortly thereafter, the gentle
man returns, this time carrying a cross and wearing--can
it be? Yes, on his head is a crown made from the dismal
bush's thorns. The thornbush is ashamed of the pain
its spikes cause, and refuses to bloom for two days.
But on the third day, a woman runs through the streets,
crying, "He's alive! Jesus is risen!" and the bush makes
peace with its part in the terrible--and wondrous--events.
Seen through the eyes of a thornbush, this original
perspective on the ancient story of Jesus' crucifixion
and resurrection has a fresh sweetness that will be
welcomed by readers of any age. Richard Stergulz's rich
paintings fill the pages with color and tenderness.
(Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter (c) Amazon.com
I thought this was
a delightful spin on the Biblical Easter story as it
tells the crucifixion through the eyes of a thorn bush,
whose thorns become the ones on Jesus' crown. It relates
the compassion and love of Jesus and His patience as
he's led through the streets to his crucifixion. It
relates the hope of everlasting life as the little thorn
bush is one of the first to hear "He is alive!!
Jesus is risen!!" on the third day. This is a beautifully
written and illustrated book for Easter and I highly
recommend it to anyone who likes finding new and refreshing
ways to tell the crucifxion and resurrection story of
Jesus. Suitable for ages 3+.