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Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Simon and the Easter Miracle: A Traditional Tale for Easter.


Simon and the Easter Miracle: A Traditional Tale for Easter written by Mary Joslin and Anna Luraschi

About the Story: 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 folk tale 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 special day, nor how his items–bread, eggs, and wine–will become important symbols of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.
This picture book retelling of a traditional tale is both thought-provoking and engaging.

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Pages: 32
Size: 8.5 x 10.25 inches
Ages: 5 to 7

My Review: This is a story about Simon of Cyrene who was compelled to help Jesus carry His cross as recorded in the bible.

The Easter miracle that the author is referring to in this book is Simon being blessed with good crops and a harvest after helping Jesus to carry his cross, and not the resurrection of Christ.

I wish the author mentioned who was carrying the cross and why, therefore the disconnection in the story.  The book was beautifully illustrated by Anna Luraschi.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


March 26, 2012 - Posted by | Blog Tour, Book Review | , , ,


  1. There are many questions about what happened to certain people in the Bible. I don’t think I ever really thought about Simon. Rereading Bible stories with my children bring fresh perspectives to tales I thought I knew and understood.

    Comment by Cherese Vines | March 26, 2012 | Reply

  2. I knew Simon helped Jesus carry the cross but I never really knew who he was and how it came to be. A simple telling of Simon for children is a perfect Easter gift as well as everyday reading.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | March 29, 2012 | Reply

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