Easter Stories for Children: Petook, by Tomie dePaola, Caryll Houselander

Petook: An Easter Story, by Tomie dePaolaTitle: Petook: An Easter StoryPetook: An Easter Story, by Tomie dePaola
Illustrator: Tomie dePaola
Author: Caryll Houselander
Age Category: 3 to 5 years +
Genre: Picture Books

Creating good traditional Easter stories for children is difficult for a couple of reasons.  First, the traditional story is quite violent, so a graphically illustrated version of the story could be quite shocking or disturbing for a young child.  Second, the deep significance of the story can be pretty complicated for a young child, and so creating a picture book that tells the story in a way that is both true to New Testament theology and understandable for a young child is challenging.

Some picture books navigate these challenges by simply presenting the text from one (or several) of the Gospels along with illustrations that are not overly detailed.  I think Easter: The King James VersionEaster: The King James Version, by Jan Pienkowski, by Jan Pienkowski is a tasteful example of this approach.  As the title suggests, Pienkowski just presents relevant parts of the King James text, which she illustrates using silhouettes so the pictures are not too gory.

However, as I see it, the trouble with Easter stories for children that take this approach is that Continue reading

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Story for Children about Saint Patrick: Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, story for children about Saint PatrickTomie dePaola, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, story for children about Saint Patrick
Title: Patrick: Patron Saint of IrelandTomie dePaola, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, story for children about Saint Patrick
Author: Tomie dePaola
Age Category: 6 to 8 years
Genre: Picture books

If you are looking for a story for children about Saint Patrick to help explain the significance of St. Patrick’s Day to 6-to-8-year-olds, Patrick: Patron Saint of IrelandTomie dePaola, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, story for children about Saint Patrick is a great one.  This children’s book is a brief, charming biography of St. Patrick, with the added bonus of several interesting legends about Patrick appended after the strictly biographical part.

Story for Children about Saint Patrick: Summary

As dePaola tells it, Patrick grew up in Britain near the Irish Sea during the late 4th- and early 5th-century CE, in the twilight of the Western Roman Empire.  One night warriors from Ireland landed on the shores near his home, raided local farms, and took many people into captivity, including the teenage Patrick.  Patrick was sold into slavery, and was forced to Continue reading

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