The Very First Easter Author:Paul L. Maier Easter books for children often focus on the delights of spring or bunnies, colored eggs, and chocolate candies in an Easter basket. And why not? Nature coming back to life has been celebrated ever since early pagans named their April fertility festival in honor of Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring - thus the name Easter. However, becaus... more »e the resurrection of Jesus also happened at the same time of the year, Easter took on a profoundly sacred significance, which is too often missing in literature for the young.
These pages return the sacred dimension to Easter. As the companion of the book, The Very First Christmas, the setting is America's western mountains where a forest ranger and his wife tell their bright ten-year-old son about the ministry, trial, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Their secluded location has prevented the young man from attending Sunday school regularly. In this book, his parents answer the questions he - and perhaps many like him - have about "the very first easter."« less