Item description for The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children by Mary Joslin & Gail Newey...
Overview Surveys the life and teachings of Jesus, recounts the events of Holy Week commemorated in the Stations of the Cross, and offers a brief prayer for each one.
Publishers Description How do we teach children the way of the cross? A great starting point is introducing them to the Stations of the Cross, and this book will help you do so in a child-appropriate way. The Story of the Cross "gently tells the story of the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. With a refined sense of style and sensitivity, illustrator Gail Newey and author Mary Joslin show young readers that although the way of the cross is not easy, God gives us strength for the journey and gives us new life through his love. A short prayer accompanies each station. Ages 4 and up.
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.23" Width: 9.28" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.89 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
Publisher Loyola Press
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0829418199 ISBN13 9780829418194
Availability 0 units.
More About Mary Joslin & Gail Newey
Mary Joslin is the author of a number of books on spirituality, including The Goodbye Boat, The Minstrel's Tale, and The Tale of the Heaven Tree. Alida Massari is an award-winning artist and the illustrator of Stories of the Saints.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children?
Faithful to the tradition while exciting for the little ones Apr 4, 2008
This book was integral to a Stations of the Cross service for the children. The prayers and readings are perfect for children to read to a group and pray together. I would add a walking prayer between stations--we used Holy God, Holy & Mighty, Holy Immortal One. St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Kennewick, WA has a traditional solemn Stations service on Good Friday. When we've tried to involve the children the service has proven too long and boring. Our goal this Lenten season was to create a Stations of the Cross service that lasts around 15 minutes and has simple prayers and readings. We wanted the material to be accessible and meaningful to the children while being faithful to the traditional service for the adults. The pictures also helped as the bas relief images on the wall can be cryptic for the little ones. This book compresses and simplifies the service. It held the children's attention from start to finish. We plan to re-use next year.
Great Find, a Real Gem Apr 10, 2007
Our 5 1/2 yr olds love this book. The pictures are colorful and interesting as well as moving. The text brings the stations of the cross to them in a way they can really understand but doesn't dumb it down. It makes Easter more meaningful to them and generates discussion about Jesus. It is a great book for the whole family, really.
Lousy! Don't buy it! Mar 27, 2006
As a (trying to be) faithful Catholic, I have to say I have rarely been so disappointed in a religious text for which I had high expectations. I have sent a detailed two-page letter to the publisher and the catalog in which I saw it advertised describing my MANY, MANY theological and artistic complaints with this text. Wishy-washy, whitewashed, banal, toning down important events and people, ignoring other important events and people, and generally making the grand epic of our salvation into piece of beautifully (if incorrectly) drawn "eye candy" - all flash, lacking substance. I have a four and a two year old and I know what small children can understand. The message of salvation does not need to be, and should not be, "dummed down" to accommodate any age. I will agree that it is difficult to find quality materials presenting our faith well (especially Lenten materials) for little ones, but that doesn't mean we should settle for something inaccurate.
Stations of the cross - great for any age Jul 28, 2005
I used this book to present the stations of the cross for an art project during a palm saturday event for grades K - 5 (Episcopal). We read the book, discussed the prayer and either a child or a couple kids picked a station. They made cement stepping stones inlaid with colored glass for a lenten meditation garden with the prayers.
It's a simple, beautiful book with a powerful message for all ages. Worth its wieght in gold.
The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Childr Apr 6, 2004
As a kindergarten teacher in a Catholic School, I was looking for a book on this level to use with my class when we went to church to follow the Station of the Cross. I was extremely pleased with this one! The story of Jesus is explained in appropriate language for young children and the heartfelt prayers to be said at each station reflect the needs of children in this age group. The illustrations are beautiful,drawing on our emotions without being too graphic. The story includes the joy of Easter. I will use this book for many years, even with my own young children.