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The Easter story : according to the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John
Spirin, Gennady.
Uniform Title:
Bible. Gospels. English. Authorized. Selections. 1999.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt and Co., 1999.
Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 29 x 29 cm
By combining verses from the gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John, tells the Easter story from Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem through his passion and resurrection to his appearance to his disciples.
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The story of Christ's death on the cross and his resurrection three days later is the central drama of Christianity. Gennady Spirin elegantly depicts the events leading up to and following the crucifixion, from Christ's entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper to the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples. In the tradition of the great masters before him, Mr. Spirin pays close attention to symbolic and religious detail. He portrays Jesus as the light that came into a somber world of sin, and ends the book with the promise of the resurrection.

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Booklist Review

Ages 8 and up. This companion to Spirin's Christmas Story (1998) combines elements from the King James' version of Matthew, Luke, and John for its text and draws on the inspiration of Spirin's Orthodox faith for its grave yet gloriously executed art. Young people unfamiliar with traditional biblical language may find the text tough going; there are no concessions to the audience's youth. The art is sophisticated as well. Finely detailed pictures, executed in tempera, watercolor, and pencil, capture the somberness of Good Friday and the events surrounding it. Most of the pictures are in blocks set against white. The intricacy of the art, painted mostly in dusky colors, might be hard for young eyes to make out, but older readers will appreciate the considerable nuance Spirin brings to the art. The showcase piece is the Crucifixion, a double-page nighttime spread, where the figure of Christ on the cross in the distance is bathed in light. A traditional and serious religious offering. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0805050523Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Spirin (The Christmas Story) weaves together the major biblical accounts of Jesus' passion and resurrection and adorns them with stunning tempera-and-watercolor paintings in this sensitively rendered picture book. There's no mistaking Jesus' central role in these dramatic proceedings: Spirin paints him swathed in a gentle haloed radiance-brighter than the surrounding players, literally in the spotlight. Though language from the Bible is often difficult for young readers to decipher, they will likely hear these passages anew after viewing Spirin's emotional interpretations of Jesus' ride into Jerusalem, through throngs of palm-waving followers, the breaking of the bread at the Last Supper and his suffering on the cross. Each segment of text appears against the detailed architecture of the Holy Land-be it temple, palace wall or cityscape-replete with columns, gilded domes, turrets and carefully laid stone and brick. Just as elaborate are the golden vestments worn by chief priests and officers. The scenes of Jesus' death appropriately take place in a setting black as night. But angels appear throughout, rendered in the same sacred light as Jesus, and on the final, joyous page symbolize the powerful Easter message of faith and resurrection. All ages. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-Mingling passages from the Easter portions of Matthew, Luke, and John, the text tells the story of Holy Week, beginning with Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and including the cleansing of the Temple, the healing of the blind and lame, the Last Supper, the agony in the garden, the appearances before Caiaphas and Pilate, the Crucifixion, the empty tomb, and the appearance to the disciples after the Resurrection. Stunningly illustrated with dignified formality, the text is printed on two backgrounds: the side of a marble building for the daytime scenes and the stone blocks of a city wall for the night. Each one faces a dramatic, full-page painting framed with a wide, white margin; in them, the luminous, iconic figure of Jesus gleams whitely among the other dark figures. In contrast, the scene on Golgotha is a dramatic double-page spread, with the distant crucified Christ illuminated as impassive soldiers on their powerful horses loom above the multitudes. The overall pictorial mood of drama, confusion, and sorrow does justice to the momentous events portrayed. Other outstanding books on this topic include Elizabeth Winthrop's He Is Risen (Holiday, 1985), with muscular and realistic illustrations by Charles Mikolaycak, and Brian Wildsmith's An Easter Story (Knopf, 1994), gorgeous in its gold and jewel colors and eye-filling details. Neither title, however, has quite the same mystical, haunting quality as Spirin's interpretation.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Excerpt Matthew 21:1-9 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethpage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,     Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.     And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them, and straightway he will send them.     All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,     Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek. and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.     And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,     And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.     And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.     And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. Matthew 21:10-13     And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?     And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.     And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves.     And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matthew 21:14-16     And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.     And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased.     And said unto him. Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them. Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Matthew 26:20-28     Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.     And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.     And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?     And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.     The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born.     Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.     And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, take, eat; this is my body.     And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;     For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Continues...) Copyright © 1999 Gennady Spirin. All rights reserved.

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