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Dikkon Eberhart5 Stars Out Of 5Delightful Easter read for children - with suggestion for parentsMarch 1, 2019Dikkon EberhartQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Molly is excited about Easter! She gets to go to Aunt Jenny's house and search for plastic Easter eggs hidden in the barn!
But something is BACKWARDS this year. What will happen? Will she learn more about Jesus and about how much He loves us?
Meadow Rue Merrill's latest Lantern Hill Farm children's bookTHE BACKWARDS EASTER EGG HUNTis available today, March 1, from Hendrickson Publishers. This delightful bound book (a board book version is available) will excite young readers and will thrill parent and grandparent readers with its clever story, its vivid illustrations, its opportunity to teach the Christian message, and with its focus on children being participants in the story but not the focus of it.
The focus is on God's great love for us all, the kind of love which, in Molly's thoughts, "makes you brand new and sparkly, too."
I was already delighted with the book, so I deputized my oldest granddaughter as my test reader. She's seven (ALMOST EIGHT!), and she's an expressive reader. She had loved Merrill's first Lantern Hill Farm book, THE CHRISTMAS CRADLE, which introduced the same charactersMolly, Baby Charlie, Mama and Papa, Aunt Jenny and Uncle Gerry, and friendswhen it appeared last year. (Three additional Lantern Hill Farm books are slated to appear this year.)
When I handed my granddaughter THE BACKWARDS EASTER EGG HUNT, she was excited to have a new story about Molly. One of her comments to me about the Christmas book had been a thrilled interjection as she read it the first time, last fall, and was almost all the way through"Grandpa, they already know about Jesus!"
I smiled. This time, I was certain, my granddaughter would find that Aunt Jenny already knew the real storyand she would help Molly and the other children discern for themselvesthe real story of Easter. And that is what happened.
She handed the book back. "How did you like it, sweetie?" "I LOVE it!"
I handed the book to my second reader, my oldest grandson, at six. He snuggled into my lap, gathered his next younger sister, at almost 4, and he did a good job reading the story to usexcept for words like though and through, which no one should be required to sound out.
My youngest grandson liked the book, too. He chewed on a corner of it for a bit and then tossed it away and went to build a block tower.
Meadow Merrill grew up on a farm in Oregon and now lives with her husband and six children on a farm in Midcoast Maine. She is an experienced journalist with many credits and is the author of the award-winning inspirational memoir REDEEMING RUTH.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5God's Easter Surprise: A Brand New Sparkly Life!March 1, 2019Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Conscientious parents struggle to incorporate cultural traditions with the sacred underpinnings of family holidays. Biblical stories of Jesus's birth, death, and resurrection hardly stand a chance against the lure of gifts and candy. But what if the light hearted side of Easter could be harnessed in the service of cementing the story of real, live truth?
Meadow Rue Merrill invites families to Lantern Hill Farm where Aunt Jenny hosts a backward Easter egg hunt with rhymed clues that send kids scrambling and competing for the goal. When she brings them all back together again, it's for an unveiling of God's Big Story that's been there in the hunt all along.
The Backward Easter Egg Hunt is fun for reading aloud or for Easter gift basketing, and it is also a heads up for parents who want to plan ahead for meaningful celebration of Resurrection Sunday and the God who makes possible a new sparkly life in Christ!
Lucinda Secrest McDowell5 Stars Out Of 5Fresh Way to Share True Easter StoryFebruary 28, 2019Lucinda Secrest McDowellQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Are you wanting a fresh way to teach the values associated with the true meaning of Easter? Look no further than this delightful new children's storybook "The Backwards Easter Egg Hunt" by author Meadow Rue Merrill. In a continuation of her Lantern Hill Farm holiday series, Merrill offers children a problem (Easter eggs for the hunt haven't been filled) and a creative learning solution (a scavenger hunt for symbolic nature items.) What ensues is both fun and faith-building as each of the egg contents explain more of the Easter story. I'm excited to add this to my Granny Book collection and will be purchasing for gifts during Lent. ~ Lucinda Secrest McDowell, author "Ordinary Graces"
JournalOfABibliophileAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Easter Egg Hunt InspirationFebruary 11, 2019JournalOfABibliophileAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleThe Backward Easter Egg Hunt is a children's book by Meadow Rue Merrill. This book was published by Hendrickson Rose Publishing under Rose Kids. This book is part of the Lantern Hill Farm series for children of all ages. This book will be released in March and will be available as a board book and hardcover.
Other books in this series include: The Best Birthday, Light Parade, and The Christmas Cradle.
It's almost Easter and six-year-old Molly is over the moon with excitement. Like many kids (and some adults) Molly doesn't know the real meaning behind Easter. She thinks Easter is about sparkly new dresses, baby chicks, fuzzy lambs, and her Aunt Jenny's annual Easter egg hunt at Lantern Hill Farm.
When Easter finally comes around, Molly's mother says Aunt Jenny has something different planned for this year. Instead of hiding eggs around the farm for the kids to find, Aunt Jenny gives the kids empty eggs and a list of things to fill the eggs up with.
Aunt Jenny uses the Easter egg scavenger hunt to teach the children about the real meaning of Easter. Something prickly was for the nails and crown of thorns, and the red was for Jesus's blood. Something living and dead was for Jesus' life and death. Something heavy was for the stone that rolled over Jesus' tomb, and when Jesus rose it was rolled away like a feather. Something dark and something bright were for Jesus taking away our darkness (she doesn't call it sin) and filling us with light.
I would have liked to have seen some Bible verses, and a little more depth, but for a kids book this was pretty good. Children will definitely love this book! The illustrations are bold and colorful, and the characters are racially diverse.
I have never heard of backward Easter egg hunts until now. Did the author just invent this? Or have I been living under a rock? I think it would be a really awesome to do with your family or church youth group (or students if you teach at a Christian school).
For those who hold to images of Jesus being a 2nd commandment violation (2CV), there is a picture of Jesus on one page that can be easily covered.
*I received a free e-book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
MarilynAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Easter Surprise!February 4, 2019MarilynAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love books, especially children's books that offer new ideas to kids and their parents and grandparents. I have never seen a book which so seamlessly combines the fun and excitement of an Easter egg hunt with the real Easter story.
This book would be an excellent gift for a kindergarten or early elementary school child. There is also a board book for younger children. The colors are bright and the drawings are fun. The words are simple enough to allow early readers to read much of it themselves. The location of the Easter egg hunt is Lantern Hill Farm. Different farm animals and gardens help set the mood and excitement. (I understand there are other Lantern Hill Farm books which I will be checking out as well.)
Molly, the story's main character, is excited about the BIG Easter egg hunt. Arriving at the farm with her big Easter egg basket, she finds that this hunt will be different. Many surprises await all the excited children. Molly can't wait until next year to share the egg hunt secret with her baby brother, Charlie.
I am planning to give this book and some unfilled Easter eggs to our granddaughters for their Easter basket. Want to know why? Shhh, it's a secret!
I was given a PDF copy of the book to review. The opinions are my own.