At Jerusalem's Gate
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At Jerusalem's Gate  -     By: Nikki Grimes

At Jerusalem's Gate

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2005 / Hardcover

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Rich woodcuts and detailed artwork enhance the poetry of Nikki Grimes, focusing on the Easter story. Large pages are creatively designed with icons and images that represent the resurrection by artist and illustrator David Frampton. Enriching reading for family reflection furing the Easter season with thoughtful word images; for readers of all ages, though designed with older children in mind, for family and classroom reading and discussion, sure to become an annual favorite.

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Title: At Jerusalem's Gate
By: Nikki Grimes
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 12 X 9 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 3 ounces
ISBN: 0802851835
ISBN-13: 9780802851833
Stock No: WW851835

Publisher's Description

I angle for
a glimpse of him
whose touch unlocks
a blind man's sight,
a deaf man's hearing.
A man in the crowd at Jerusalem vies to see Jesus; a disciple recounts details of the Last Supper; Pilate's wife fears her husband's decision. Beginning with Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem, Nikki Grimes explores the first Easter through the voices of those who witnessed it.

The author's introductions provide a thoughtful framework, and David Frampton's beautifully intricate and expressive woodcuts illuminate each poem. At Jerusalem's Gate offers readers of all ages insight into the most important moments in Christian history.

Author Bio

Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author. Her previous works include At Jerusalem's Gate, When Daddy Prays (both Eerdmans), and Bronx Masquerade (Dial), which won the Coretta Scott King Award. Most recently, she won the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her lasting contributions to children's literature. Nikki lives in California. Visit her website at

David Frampton has been writing and illustrating books for young readers for thirty years. Some of his honored works include The Whole Night Through (HarperCollins), My Son John written by Jim Aylesworth (Henry Holt), and Rhyolite written by Diane Siebert (Clarion). David Frampton grew up in Brooklyn, New York and lives in Apex, North Carolina.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Poetry is gentle yet thoughtful, alluding to the brutality of the execution while providing an almost prayer-like personal reflection. . . . A handsome, well-designed offering for middle readers and families."

Christian Library Journal
"Grimes and Frampton have produced an elegant banquet of poems and visuals about the Easter story. . . . Praises and hosannas for this title."

School Library Journal
"Bold, handsome woodcuts reinforce the powerful drama depicted in poetry. An outstanding effort worthy of inclusion in most collections. "

"In this series of simple, straightforward poems preceded by explanatory paragraphs, Grimes retells the Easter story from Jesus' triumphant arrival at Jerusalem's Gate to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Grimes' clever wordplay . . . will hold readers' attention, and her poems ask some important theological questions. . . . Frampton's woodcuts, which recall Byzantine artwork, especially in the wide-eyed, angular faces, are extraordinarily compelling. The bold colors and thoughtful, intricate patterning demand a second look. . . . An arresting rendition."

Publishers Weekly
"An extraordinary collection. . . . Frampton's elegant woodcut to illustrate the treatment of Christ shows a dove flying through curling barbed branches. These images in words and pictures will keep readers thinking about the book — and the Passion — long after the covers are closed."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This handsomely presented collection should win a following among readers seeking deeply reverent materials for Holy Week."

Washington Post Book World
"A sequence of spare, hard-hitting, yet profoundly respectful poems reanimates the well-worn story of Christ's passion and resurrection. . . . The traditional, iconographic look of Frampton's woodcuts hides an unexpected visual wit."

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