Elspeth Campbell Murphy Happy Easter, God

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Happy Easter, God

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9780764223860: Happy Easter, God

Prepare Young Hearts for the Joy of Easter!

This delightful collection of original prayer-poems celebrates Easter by reflecting all the simple things a child loves about Easter morning—chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, new Easter dresses, baby lambs, and ducklings—while rejoicing in the miracle of Jesus' resurrection. The miracles and promises of Easter come to life in a fun-to-read format that little minds and hearts can understand and enjoy.

Whimsical, full-color illustrations from artist Jim Lewis just enhance author Elspeth Campbell Murphy's celebration of a terrific day.

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About the Author:

Elspeth Campbell Murphy is often asked about her first name. It is a Scottish form of Elizabeth and is pronounced just like it's spelled, with the accent on the El.

Elspeth received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Oakland University, a B.A. in English at Trinity College, Illinois; and a degree in General Bible at Moody Bible Institute. She has taught in the elementary grades and written and edited curriculum. She now writes full time and is a member of the Authors Guild.

Elspeth has more than seventy-five books to her credit and sales reaching five million worldwide. She is the author of the bestselling series David and I Talk to God and The Kids From Apple Street Church, as well as the l990 Gold Medallion winner Do You See Me, God?

Elspeth was born in Hamilton, Scotland, near Glasgow, then spent her early years in Canada. But most of her life, Elspeth has lived in Illinois where she currently lives with her husband, Michael. From her home-office window, Elspeth can see a school on one side and a zoo on the other. She says it's fun to go to sleep at night, hearing the roar of the lions over the roar of the buses.

From Publishers Weekly:

Murphy (Chalkdust) pairs 14 light poems with biblical verses, to often discordant effect. Next to the verse in Acts 13, "Then they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb," a giddy poem, "Easter Greeting," appears: "You hand me the prettiest egg you can see./ `Christ is risen,'/ You say to me." Meanwhile, using a candy-bright palette and a cartoonish style, Lewis depicts a politically correct cast of characters (Latino-, Asian-, African-American children--even a paraplegic) holding up Easter eggs or settling into a story circle at Sunday school. The most successful spread pairs a quote from Matthew 28:5-6a ("He is not here. He has risen from death as he said he would") and a poem called "Jerusalem," which describes a pilgrimage to view Christ's tomb and the discovery that the tomb is empty. The use of recurring phrases in the poem creates a joyful singsongy quality that jars with the mood of the mourners making the trek, but the illustration accurately depicts the awe of the women being greeted by an angel at the tomb's opening. Although the painting is a departure from the artist's other works here, it is by far the strongest. Ages 4-8.

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