Between egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, children sometimes don’t hear the real Easter message. If that concerns you – and it should – maybe it’s time to find Bible centered children’ s books to read to little ones this Easter. The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story (a Zonderkidz publication) makes a good start.
The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story tells the tale of some charming bears cubs who, like many children today, are caught up in the season’s excitement and seem to know little about the biblical account of Easter. They discuss their favorite Easter candies, even at the church Sunday School, until their teacher, Missus Ursula, comes up with a bright idea – a way to familiarize them with the Easter story.
Cubs in another Sunday School class are performing an Easter play, providing a perfect opportunity for the Berenstain bear-cubs to see the story of Jesus acted out. This helps them realize that Easter means much more than candy.
A colorful sticker sheet, endearing characters and attractive artwork make The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story a winner. But if you’re looking for a clear message on how Easter changes lives, you might be disappointed. The story has a weak conclusion.
This tale ends with one cub asking, “Does this mean we shouldn’t eat any Easter candy?”—a question that begs a clear response relating back to the play and the Bible. Instead Missus Ursula responds, “Certainly not! I wouldn’t want to miss my black jelly beans either! It just means that on Easter morning, after you get your Easter baskets, you’ll all go to church to learn more about Easter.”
But what if the child doesn’t get to go to church? What if this book is your only shot at sharing the Gospel? Maybe a conclusion something like this would have been clearer, “Sure we can eat candy…Let’s enjoy it as we remember that Jesus loves us so much He died for us and now He lives.”
The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story is sure to bring many smiles and acquaint children with the Easter story. Makes a great addition to any Easter basket.
Lots of churches in San Diego will be celebrating Easter on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Look for a service that suits your schedule and celebrate the joy.
This story will also appear in Janey's Muse and Assist News Service.
Janey DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © April 2014