Classic Easter Stories for the Family: A Review and a Giveaway

I love to introduce my kids to timeless, classic stories. I love to read them myself. It is always refreshing to find old favorites and new to us classic tales. So I was thrilled to get for review Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season.

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This book- which we received as a paperback- is a collection published by Plough Publishing House. The stories are all ones that reflect the true meaning of Easter, and they are all beautiful, classic tales. Many of the authors are well-known: C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, the Brothers Grimm, and more. There were some stories that I had read before, such as “The Coming of the King” by Laura E. Richards. And there were some that were new to me, such as Clarence Jordan’s “Stories From the Cotton Patch Gospel”.

From the book’s description:

Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.
Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

I loved this book because it is an excellent read aloud treasury. If you’ve been around the blog for a while you know that reading aloud with my kids is a passion of mine. I love stories that just flow when they are read aloud. This is an excellent collection for that. Some of these are short enough to finish in one reading. Some take a few days to read in parts.Some of these are lighter readings and some are deep and thoughtful.

The illustrations are beautiful as well. They are black and white prints of original wood cuttings. They fit perfectly with the classic stories.

One of my favorite stories to read aloud with the kids was “Stories From the Cotton Patch Gospel”. This is a rendering of the New Testament in the idiom of the South during the time of the Civil Rights movement. This retelling places Jesus in familiar places like Gainesville, Selma, and Washington D.C. We enjoyed reading about Jesus’ death and resurrection from this very different gospel retelling.

We are really enjoying this book. I’m reading from it during our devotions time each morning through Easter. You can find it on Amazon at the link below. And keep reading for a chance to win your own copy to enjoy with your family.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.


You can enter the giveaway below to win your own copy of this great classic treasury.

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