Love One Another: The Last Days Of Jesus

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Recalls how Jesus taught people to love, how he was crucified for his teachings, and how his resurrection brought hope to the world.

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Lauren Thompson retells the story of Jesus' last days on earth by focusing on lessons that are filled with forgiveness and love in Love One Another: The Last Days of Jesus. This universal message is embodied in Jesus' interaction with the downtrodden, the outcasts, and his closest friends--the disciples--reminding young readers that we are to love both our enemies and our friends. The disciples' denial of Jesus shows us that everyone makes mistakes, which serves as the premier example of the joy and peace that forgiving others and being forgiven can bring. These basic, fundamental lessons of life are made particularly straightforward and memorable by Thompson's simple language and the stirring, colorful illustrations by Elizabeth Uyehara that complement it. Young minds will not only be led through the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, but more importantly, they will learn that "no sorrow is so great that love cannot heal it." --Jill Heatherly

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Grade 1-3-Although the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus are among the most difficult events of Christianity to interpret to children, the author deals with this portion of his life in an effective, simple, straightforward way. Thompson emphasizes Jesus's radical teaching about God and love and the offense taken by the temple priests over his assumption of this authority. The details of Holy Week are briefly described. The positive ending, as the tomb is emptied and Jesus appears to his despondent disciples, stresses his universal message of peace, love, and forgiveness. The book is appropriate for non-Christian readers, as no mention is made of Jesus's divinity or the exclusivity of Christianity. Yet, the uniqueness of his extraordinary charisma and inclusive love for others is recognized. The text has a fine read-aloud rhythm, while the sentences are short enough and the vocabulary familiar enough for early readers as well. The oil-on-canvas illustrations, with a sweep and agitation reminiscent of van Gogh, are almost overpowering with their bold lines, gleaming stained-glass colors, and dramatic movement across the double-page spreads. The flat, foreshortened, distorted figures with their large, almond-shaped eyes and expressive faces are exciting and moving. Blood, pain, and sorrow are all depicted vividly, but they are part of Jesus's story, with all its horror and hope.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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