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Read Aloud Thursday–Easter, Take Two

I was all set to leave Easter behind after last week’s Read Aloud Thursday post, but I just couldn’t end the week without sharing one more Easter book.  This one is actually one I mentioned in last year’s Easter post, but last year the girls were just a little too young for it.  This year, though, it has been perfect for us!
Benjamin’s Box:  The Story of the Resurrection Eggs has replaced our usual Bible story this week, and the girls have loved it!  Benjamin’s Box is the fictional story of a little boy named Benjamin who lived in Palestine when Jesus was on earth.  His grandfather gave him a treasure box in which to keep valuable objects, and Benjamin becomes an observer of Jesus’ Passion and a collector of artifacts that help us remember the significant events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection.  It just so happens that most of the objects Benjamin places within his box are the same as the items inside Resurrection Eggs, so it works out nicely.  :-)  The story is episodic, so it’s perfect for shorter attention spans and/or pairing each episode with an activity.  I’ve been hiding the appropriate eggs in our living room or den, reading the excerpt from Benjamin’s Box, reading the corresponding Bible passage (which is noted in the story), and then letting the girls find and open the eggs.  After the first day, I’ve also hidden the eggs we’ve already opened so that we can review the events we’ve already read about and discussed.  This has been a perfect read-aloud for us this week.  They love taking the objects out of the eggs, and they can retell accurately what happened to Jesus in the last week of His earthly life.  Of course, we’ve read a few other Easter books, as well.  This one is the best one by far, though.  I want my children to really grasp the Easter story, and I think this almost makes it as tangible as it can be for them.  Yesterday’s focus on the physical suffering of Jesus put our week’s memory verse into perspective for all of us.  We’re memorizing John 15:13 as a part of our church’s Bible quiz ministry, which Lulu will officially be a part of next year. 

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

The reality of the crown of thorns, the scourging, etc., really seemed to strike the girls (Lulu especially).  Benjamin’s Box is not graphic in terms of illustrations or words, but it leaves plenty of room for parental explanation.  Plus, the pairing the book with the eggs makes it a lot of fun!

Benjamin’s Box  and the Resurrection Eggs have been a big hit at the House of Hope this week!

Has your family been enjoying anything special for Easter this week?  Or have you discovered a new picture book that you’ve all fallen in love with?  Please share it with us by linking your blog post below, or you may simply leave a comment.

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Have a beautiful Read Aloud Thursday and a blessed Easter!

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8 Responses

  1. I saw this book at the bookstore, but didn’t take time to browse through it – I’ll have to go back :)

    I hope you’re having a good break – I’m thinking resting before Easter was probably a very wise choice.

  2. This sounds really wonderful, Amy — perfectly integrated with what you were already doing with your girls.

    I don’t have a post this week, but we’ve been reading about Sacagawea. Not at all Easter related — except in that hers was a life of servanthood and free offering.

    I popped over to your new blog and it’s looking great!

    Have a blessed Easter.

  3. I’m thinking I will go out today and get both the book and the eggs! So fabulous! Thanks for the details!

  4. We’re doing Benjamin’s Box this week too! Our first year. This book is a HIT! Bookworm1 asks about it all day long but it’s a “daddy thing” and so we have to wait until the evening when daddy comes home. Great, great resource!

    I’m confused about where I’m commenting because both of your sites are popping up? Should I take Hope out of my feed reader and just go with the other site? =X Sheepish….

    AND I didn’t do RAT this week because of my self proclaimed “Easter fast” but I DO have some stuff popping up at RtK today.

    • I just got a little ahead of myself! I wanted to make sure everything was posting just right, so I went ahead and copied RAT over there, too.

      You’re right–comment here now. After the weekend, though, it’s all over there! :-)

  5. We are not religious, so I was looking for a book that would give an overview of the holiday without getting into too many details about how Jesus died. After all, my daughter is only 3, and I don’t think that she ever saw a crucifix after we pulled her out of her religious preschool and sent her to a secular preschool. I found The Story of Easter by Patricia Pingry to be just right, but daughter was a lot more interested in eggs and bunnies so far.

  6. Thanks for pointing out the similarities in the story with the Resurrection Eggs. We have a set and will now most certainly search for the book.

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