Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season compiles many wonderful stories about Easter by well-known and not-so-well-known authors. Several of the tales deal directly with Christ's crucifixion, but several others tell stories that point back to Jesus' sacrifice but not directly. All of them help the reader to think about what Jesus did for His chosen when He died on the cross and rose again from the dead. According to the back of the book, it is a "treasury of read-aloud tales selected for their spiritual value and literary integrity."
Honestly, when I received this book, I wasn't thrilled. But as I started reading the stories, my opinion changed. I enjoyed every single story, except one. While I haven't heard of many of the authors, something tells me (probably how well the tales are written) that I should be. Here are the authors I am familiar with: C.S. Lewis, Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Lew Wallace, and the Brothers Grimm. My favorite story was "A Dust Rag for Easter Eggs" by Claire Huchet Bishop, which tells a story of a group of children who each contribute to make a sweater for a sick friend during World War II in occupied France. Next year when my children are a little older, I plan to use this book as intended and read it to them in order to help prepare for Easter.
First, I am a child of God, adopted into His family through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. Second, I am helpmeet to my husband John of sixteen years. Third, I am mother to Sarah Beth who is ten years old, to Daniel who turned nine in February, to Rachel who turned seven at the end of January, to Mary who turned five in December, and to Hannah who turned one in February.