Come Celebrate Easter Sticker & Activity Book (Book Review)

http://i2.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61FVOfi5N9L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg?w=960We recently were given a chance to review The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker & Activity Book from Zonderkidz.  This is not exactly a story book that you can read through with your child, but you might be able to use it that way if you skip the activity instructions and just read the narratives about Jesus on each page.  Beginning with a description of Jesus, the book covers the major events of the Passion: from the triumphal entry, through Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, to the Resurrection and finally Jesus’ ascent to heaven.

Each page contains some sort of activity, including things to color, sticker puzzles, letter/number tracing, a maze, a word search, and a dot-to-dot.  Some of the activities were too advanced for my 3-year old, but she still had a lot of fun with the parts she could do.  My 7-year old could do everything in the book and had fun with it, but some of it was too easy for him.  I think my 5-year old was the best fit, and he would have enjoyed having the whole book to himself, but I let them all take turns choosing a page to complete.

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As soon as I opened the book I was surprised by the quality of the pages.  The colors on each page are a vibrant as those on the cover, with a glossy quality that makes it easy to reposition the stickers.  Over 50 stickers are included, some with specific places to put them, others just for decoration.  One page had several puzzle piece stickers, and after my 7-year old had done the puzzle, my 5-year old removed all the stickers so he could do it himself.  I was impressed that both the stickers and the page held up through all of that!

Our only complaint is that at 16 pages, the book seemed rather short.  However, it would be the perfect thing to tuck in an Easter basket or take along to church to help a child sit quietly through service while focusing on the Easter story.

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