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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Parable of the Lily


Maggie, the farmer's youngest daughter, loves getting gifts, especially mysterious ones. One wintry day, she receives a package in the mail. She excitedly opens the package to find a bulb buried in a crate of dirt. This was not what Maggie expected. She had hoped for a doll or a game, not a bulb that would one day become a plant. When spring comes, she finds the bulb in the cellar and tosses the lifeless thing into the garden, never to think of it again. . . . Until she walks outside on Easter morning and finds the most beautiful lily she has ever seen. Through the unique gift of a bulb, Maggie discovers the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter.

My Review:

Beautiful illustrations by Nancy Munger bring this story to life and engage even an excited 3 year old little girl.  I love that Liz Curtis Higgs includes scripture throughout the story to show how it connects with God's message to us, these make great talking points.  My 3 year old didn't really make the connections on her own, but with some guidance she was able to see that we to have been given something beautiful if we allow it to grow. 

There is a lot of symbolism in this book.  the girl represents all of us while the lily bulb represents the gift of Jesus who was also secretly given to us by our father (God).   There are lots of good Easter books out there for children but this one really breaks it down into a wonderful parable of the true gift and meaning of Easter. 

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