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Overview Five of Jesus' amazing miracles are the focus of this uniquely interactive book. As kids read, they can animate the miracles by turning the special wheel on each page. Stories include "Jesus Walks on the Water," "A Picnic for Thousands," and more. Scripture references, beautiful artwork, and kid-friendly text make this a book that will delight, teach, and entertain children each time they read it.
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Tracy Harrast is a best-selling author of fifty books, including My Baby & Me Story Bible, Picture That Storybook, and Peek-a-Bible, published with Reader's Digest, Zonderkidz, Cook, Standard, and others. Tracy's Guess What? Bible Storybook is a Gold Medallion finalist. While Tracy earned her BA in communications, she wrote and illustrated animated software. After graduation, she worked as an advertising copywriter, a project coordinator, a book copy editor, and a curriculum writer until writing Christian books became her full-time career. Tracy and her husband, Rob, have been married since 1984 and have three grown children.
Tracy Harrast currently resides in Alpharetta, in the state of Georgia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Miracles of Jesus, The?
Great fun... Apr 15, 2009
The gospels are some of the most captivating pieces of literature ever written. The depictions of Jesus' life have captured the imagination for nearly 2,000 years and continue to do so. Our family recently jumped ahead in our Bible readings from Leviticus to Luke, and the response in our young children was amazing. Reading about the deeply personal life of our Lord while He walked the earth is a true joy.
The sense of awe and joy Jesus' live evokes is succinctly captured for young children in The Miracles of Jesus by Tracy Harrast. Five of Jesus' acts are brightly illustrated on two-page spreads and described in simple, succinct prose - approximately two paragraphs of text for each story. In addition to the relation of the event, a spiritual application statement is also included.
"Wine for a Wedding" relates Jesus' first miracle - the transformation of water to wine at a wedding in Cana. The application statement that helps young readers draw spiritual connections between events related in the Bible is, "Jesus even helps with little problems." The ability to transform scriptural events into personally applicable principles is immensely valuable in the lives of Christians young and old; I'm delighted to see picture books that model this skill for children.
The other four miracles related span both the well and lesser known: "The Wind and the Waves Obey", "A Picnic for Thousands", "Jesus Walks on the Water", and "Money from a Fish". For each story all of the applicable verse references are given whether the event is described in a single gospel or all four, an excellent feature that few Christian children's titles include. With two pages for each story, the resulting ten pages seem rather brief for a picture book, thankfully there is an additional feature which compensates for this brevity.
Each of Estelle Corke's illustrations are filled with light and jewel-toned colours (excepting "Jesus Walks on Water", a night scene). The uniformly cheerful spreads are each accompanied by a turning wheel that reveals an aspect of the miracle's scene while adding lively motion to each story. When your child turns the wheel the water turns to wine before her eyes, the waves roll, fish and bread appear in baskets, and a coin appears in the mouth of a large fish. Young readers between the recommended ages of three and five years will be captivated. My middle-daughter was captivated as a two-year-old, and my six-year-old is still interested. Thankfully the board-book format has proved to be reliably durable during its rigorous, in-home testing process regardless of the child's age.
Parents seeking a simple, light-hearted way to introduce a small selection of Jesus' miracles to little ones will be delighted to see their children returning to this title again and again. The captivating combination of vibrant paintings and do-it-yourself motion pictures proves to be a nearly addictive blend for pre-schoolers while the handy scripture references allow parents to go deeper with their children once their interest is sparked. Here you go kids, have at it!
A great introduction to Jesus' miracles Sep 24, 2008
Although many Christian parents express interest in finding more picture books detailing the New Testament, there tends to be an inherant problem with such books: They often bore young children. However, Tracy Harrast's "The Miracles of Jesus" addresses this problem head-on and comes up with a creative solution.
The basic idea of the book is simple enough: Tell brief (two or three paragraph) versions of five of Jesus' miracles in easy, kid-friendly language. But the book doesn't stop there. Estelle Corke's illustrations add color and interest to the stories. But it's the publisher's addition of a spinning wheel on each page that really makes this book a favorite among toddlers and preschoolers.
Each two-page spread includes some feature that moves when the child turns a simple, sturdy wheel on the side of the page. For example, we see moving water poured into jars to make wine, the whipping of the ocean before Jesus calms it, Jesus' legs moving as he walks across the lake, bread and fish multiply in baskets, and a coin appear and disappear from a fish's mouth. It's a simple and effective way to get small children more involved in the stories of Jesus.
To add to the book's effectiveness, each story includes a notation about where in the Bible parents can find the miracle, plus a one sentence summary to help young children get the "meat" from the story. For example, in the story of the wind and waves obeying Jesus, the author writes: "Jesus is stronger than anything we fear."
What I Like: I think this book is an excellent introduction to the miracles of Jesus. My three year old loves moving the wheels in the book, and is really beginning to remember each story well. I also appreciate the one sentence summaries, which help me help my child get "take away value" from each story.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
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