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This picture book of a retelling of a traditional tale is both thought-provoking and engaging for children. The gospels tell of Simon of Cyrene-"a man coming in from the country"-who was ordered to carry Jesus' cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into a Polish folktale. In the tradition of The Three Trees, this folktale gives a fresh perspective on the Easter story.
When Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very exciting day, nor how his items-bread, eggs, and wine-will become important symbols of Jesus' passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.
"Beautiful book of prayers." School Library Journal on The Lion Book of Day-by-Day Prayers
"This quiet, gentle story fills a need for Easter-themed stories that go beyond bunnies and Easter baskets." –Kirkus Reviews
"Joslin uses Christian imagery and simple, elegant prose to flesh out the Gospel's one-line story of Simon of Cyrene" —School Library Journal