Author: Agostino Traini
Author Website: https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/search?ss=Agostino%20Traini
Illustrator: Agostino Traini
Publisher: Spark House Family
Word Count: 374
This story is perfect for ages: 2-4, 4-6
Straight from Aunty LuLav
An awesome Pop-Up Book that picks up ‘The Story of Easter,’ on the morning of the third day as the women approach the tomb to anoint Jesus.
Seven pop-up scenes take us all the way through the Ascension and Pentecost. Jesus is Risen inspires Believers to take the Good News about Jesus into the whole world.
Scriptural Underpinnings & Positive Themes
PROOF OF RESURRECTION
In the first two pop-up scenes, we feel the fear and confusion of the women as they find the stone rolled away and the angel in the tomb telling them “He is Risen.” Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8
In the next scene, the women run to tell the disciples, but run into the living Jesus! John 20:11-18,
Jesus is Risen reminds me of Luke writing to Theophilus in Acts 1:1-3. Luke explains that Jesus showed Himself to be alive to the Disciples through many infallible truths over 40 days, teaching them about the Kingdom of God.
One pop-up is Jesus appearing to the disciples when they are locked in the upper room, hiding. He appears and tells them, “Peace be with you!” Luke 24:36-49, John 20:19-23
Another is Jesus appearing to the disciples as they have gone back to fishing. He calls to them from the shore with breakfast ready!
COMMISSIONING & TELLING THE GOOD NEWS!
The last two scenes are my favorites. The Ascension and the Commissioning of the Disciples. The commission to go, tell, baptize and teach is so gentle and clearly put. The faces of the 11 in this illustration are priceless! Acts 1
The last illustration ties it all together – the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2 The baptism of the Holy Spirit is gently put and easy to understand. Here Traini give us the meaning of it all:
“They began speaking in other languages. . . All of them, talking about God together.
Now they were ready to go to the whole world to tell them the good news about Jesus!”
Tenderly, he points to the proofs, the purpose of knowing, and the empowerment to go. At the end of the story, you know just what to do next as a Follower of Jesus in the earth. Hallelujah!
Clever and cute! Each of the 7 pages opens to a complete scene using paper cut outs. The scenes are richly-detailed and the faces of the disciples are adorable. My favorite is the Day of Pentecost, where you can see the rushing wind in the sky and the tongues of fire dancing above the heads of the disciples. Peter preaches; the people are amazed.
A precious detail is in each illustration: the hands of Jesus bear the red wounds from the crucifixion. Birds, bugs, goats, dogs and cats are present throughout and of course, lots of fish to catch and eat.
The men and women are dressed representative of Jewish people in that day. However, Jesus and most of the men do not have their head covered.
The End of the Matter5/5 waves
So – let us wave our Lulavs and shout, “He Is Risen!”
YES! This is an Aunty Lulav Favorite!