Celebrating the Reason for the Easter Season: That Grand Easter Day! {Picture Book Giveaway}

After all of this cold weather, I am definitely looking forward to warmer months. Even though we have a few weeks left until the first day of Spring, it will be here before we know it. When I think of Spring, I picture milder temperatures, flowers blooming, and woodland creatures coming out of hibernation. It's like a resurrection of nature, altogether. It's all very symbolic and very appropriate, given the fact that the day of our Lord and savior's resurrection also occurs during this season. It's a very important time of year for Christians, and recently we've been reading, That Grand Easter Day!, our very first Easter book (of the year) to get ready for it.

That Grand Easter Day! is a cumulative story that begins with the stone in front of the tomb and ends with a new beginning—the Resurrection of Christ. The lively narrative builds as it progresses, adding people, objects, and animals that may have witnessed the events of that day long ago. Little ones will love the repetition, which adds a pleasing level of predictability and helps to make the story of the first Easter more memorable.

Jill Roman Lord is an author, a freelance writer, and nurse anesthetist. She enjoys running with her golden Retriever, Poppie, in Charlotte, NC, golfing with her hubby and son, sipping coffee, shopping with her girls when they’re around, traveling, and hanging on the back porch with family and friends.

The title of this beautiful children's picture book says it all, since it shares the true story of Easter. From the guard who stood watch to the women who visited the tomb with spices and perfumes, kids will learn about where Jesus was laid to rest and the time leading up to His ultimate resurrection, all in paraphrased Biblical accounts.

The illustrations throughout the book are captivating. Alessia Tunfio did a wonderful job of bringing each Bible scene to life on the pages. One of the other things that I immediately noticed was the symbolic use of color throughout. There are a lot of purple and gold hues that are present on not only the cover, but on each page–whether it's shown in the background foliage or in robes being worn. Purple is a color that's very signature to the Easter season, because it represents Lent. Gold is another hue that is connected with Easter. There are varying reasons for this, but some include the symbolism of Jesus' crown or the glories and riches that we will see in heaven.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.– Philippians 4:19

or more literal:

The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.– Revelation 21:21

As if the illustrations and story weren't perfect enough, there is one other feature that I absolutely love about this book and that is the fact that it's a cumulative tale. In previous posts here on my blog, I've shared just how much I enjoy these types of children's books. As a mother to a preschooler who's on his way to the beginning stages of reading, I cannot express enough just how fabulous they are for developing early literacy skills. My son has always loved books, whether I personally read them to him, or he flips through and tries to read the story in his own words by looking at the pictures and picking up familiar site words. Cumulative tales bring something a little extra to the table by offering passages of text throughout the story that repeat themselves. It's that repetition and familiarity that helps my son pick up on the text that we're reading to the point where he's actually helping me read the story. Sometimes I won't even say anything past the first line of a page, and he'll finish the rest of the storyline all by himself.


For those who may not already be familiar with what a cumulative tale is, it's a story that follows a chain of events that eventually leads back to the first line of text. So as each sequence of events happen, the prose reads back to the previous line and the one before that, and so on and so forth. It's a great way to get younger children involved in telling the story, even if they haven't already begun reading on their own. 

Here's an example of how it works in this book:

This is the place where Jesus first lay before He arose on that grand Easter Day!

This is the stone that blocked the way
that led to the place where Jesus first lay
before He arose on that grand Easter Day!

That Grand Easter Day! is a wonderful book that's perfect for both younger and older children alike. Younger ages are also presented with the chance to help read the story even if they have yet to acquire reading skills. The best benefit is that they'll discover the true meaning of Easter, which is celebrated as the day of resurrection of King Jesus.

Easter Picture Book Giveaway

Let's celebrate the season by teaching our children all about the sacrifice that Jesus had made to save us. I have been generously provided a second copy of this beautiful picture book and will be giving readers the chance to win it. One winner will be chosen in this giveaway. Please follow the giveaway prompts, below, to enter.