Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (February 9, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #53,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #32 in Books > Children's Books > Religions > Christianity > Jesus #32 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Easter #92 in Books > Children's Books > Religions > Christianity > Bible > Stories
Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Grade Level: 1 - 4
I liked this book. It had great pictures and a good story but there are two main things that stopped me from giving it 5 stars. First some of the writing is in the picture of in a fancy text. As an adult this is fine but as I encourage my son to read it is a hard for him to realize it is part of the story. Also the very end talks about Jesus dying and then .......... there is a picture of him alive but no words? I wanted a HE IS ALIVE type page not nothing. I was disappointed as after all the fancy drawings and words it was a huge disappointment. I liked the pictures as they are not super cute so my older child could enjoy this book too.
Summary: The story of Jesus’ life is told from a Christian perspective, with an emphasis on miracles he performed. The narrative begins with him calling his disciples from among the fishermen, then continues with various healings, Jesus calming the waves and walking on the water, and the miracle of the loaves and fishes. His last supper is recounted, followed by his crucifixion, which is alluded to, but not shown in the pictures (something this reader, who was traumatized as a child by a book called The Easter Story for Children, appreciated). The resurrection is covered in two pages, one showing a wrapped body lying in a tomb, the next showing Jesus in white, standing outside the tomb, and the sentence, “But God’s Son, Jesus, the Miracle Man, had in store one last glorious miracle…” An author’s note explains how he came to create this book, and the process of choosing from among the stories of Jesus in the Bible, which necessarily left out some of the story. 40 pages; grades K-4.Pros: The beautifully designed illustrations, incorporating some of Jesus’ words into the pictures, are worthy of Caldecott consideration (would a group of 21st-century librarians recognize a book that is clearly written from a Christian perspective?). The simple text is a good introduction to Jesus’ miracles and many aspects of his life.Cons: As noted by the author, this is a selection of stories, and some key parts of Jesus’ life (birth, John the Baptist, Sermon on the Mount, Mary Magdalene) are excluded.
The gorgeous art in this book is enough of a reason to buy Miracle Man. However, the retelling and reimagining of the miracles of Jesus makes for a fascinating read and perhaps a good way to introduce children to the stories of Jesus' life.
We borrowed this from our library and LOVED it! Written and illustrated cleverly by @johnhendrix "Miracle Man -The Story of Jesus is a unique and creative retelling of the very familiar story of Jesus. Beautifully written, it held my children's attention to the very end! The illustrations are captivating, and the way he makes the stand out words part of the image brings them to life in such a real and almost tangible way! Will be adding this book to our home bookshelves for sure! ❤️ #realbooks #READ #turnthepages #childrensbooks #picturebook #library #Jesus #MiracleMan
My family and I just LOVE this book! The illustrations and wording are beautiful and unlike any other children's book about Jesus that I have read before. It truly makes the story of Jesus come to life for a new generation. This book is biblically sound and I believe it to be a treasure for any family's home library. Thank you John Hendrix!
Perfect for everyone, not just children! A must-have for every Christian home or business. My husband and I loved it. The illustrations are incredible and each time you look at it you see a new detail you missed. The author's notes at the end touched our hearts as he showed us his.
We are flipping out in my office, high in the church building, over this book. Not only is it BEAUTIFUL, but the story itself is so wonderfully crafted to focus on the "Miracle Man" - who brings life from death. I highly recommend this book as a christian educator and will be sending copies to all my family and friends.
This book is great! I am consistently upset with the lack of artistic talent in Christian children's books. This one is chalked full of biblical truth, and beautiful illustration! Highly recommend.
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