AT JERUSALEM’S GATE by Nikki Grimes
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AT JERUSALEM’S GATE

Poems of Easter
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Age Range: 10 & up
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Through beautiful, lucid free verse, Nikki Grimes explores some of the ambiguous, enigmatic events and circumstances leading up to the central theme behind the annual Easter observance. Twenty-two poems introduced by a brief explanatory paragraph portray the story through the imagined eyes of the principals involved. Details of the Last Supper, Pilate’s wife’s role, the religious council tribunal, Mary’s grief, the darkening of the sky at the time of the crucifixion and the site of the ascension are all included. Questions raised in each piece encourage discussion of multiple interpretations, as in the poem titled “What’s in a Name?,” which refers to Judas’s role as one of betrayer and the subsequent altered implication to his name. Poetry is gentle yet thoughtful, alluding to the brutality of the execution while providing an almost prayer-like personal reflection. Multi-colored woodcuts suggest the emotion and mood of each scene in a parody of stained glass. A handsome, well-designed offering for middle readers and families. (Poetry. 10+)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8028-5183-5
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Eerdmans
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2005




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