Book Review, Easter — March 1, 2021 at 12:01 am

‘Twas the Morning of Easter


‘Twas the Morning of Easter tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way, with a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children will love, following the pattern of Clement Moore’s iconic, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

'Twas the Morning of Easter

Author: Glenys Nellist
Illustrator: Elena Selivanova
Format: Hardcover – Picture Book
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Reading age: 4 – 8 years
Print length: 32 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.25 x 0.25 x 11.38 inches
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Item Weight: 15.7 ounces
ASIN: 031076906X

Glenys Nellist, beloved author of the bestselling ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas, reveals the joy and beauty of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh, inspiring way in ‘Twas the Morning of Easter. ‘Twas the Morning of Easter is written in the same lyrical style as “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for sharing the true story of Easter with little ones.  The book brings the resurrection story to life through Elena Selivanova’s beautiful, rich illustrations with read-aloud rhymes.

‘Twas the Morning of Easter:

  • Is written by Glenys Nellist, author of the beloved The Wonder That Is You
  • Followed the style of Clement Moore’s iconic poem–“Twas the Night before Christmas”
  • Retells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh new light
  • Features a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children ages 4-8 will love
  • Brings the resurrection story to life through Elena Selivanova’s beautiful, rich illustrations
  • Download your free Activity and Resource Pack to this book at

Editorial Reviews
‘In this companion to ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas, Nellist offers a creative spin on the biblical Easter story by employing the sprightly rhyme scheme of Clement C. Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Nellist visits the guards posted outside of Jesus’s tomb (”Twas the morning of Easter, before the sun rose,/ Two guards on a hillside were just trying to doze’), the 12 disciples (‘The disciples were sleeping, but tossed in their beds,/ As visions of danger swirled ’round in their heads’), and ‘Jesus’ friend, Mary,’ who plans to ‘go to the cave with perfume and spice,/ In hopes that her gifts would make Jesus smell nice,’ before encountering the empty tomb and a resurrected Christ. Selivanova contributes atmospheric digital art, rich in chiaroscuro and subtle texture…on the whole, this is an engaging retelling of the Resurrection. Ages 4–8.’ — Publishers Weekly

‘In the tradition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Nellist offers ‘Twas the Morning of Easter, a lyrical storybook that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus. Children will enjoy the rhythmic lilt each page offers as they trace the events following Good Friday through Resurrection Day. Parents will recognize the familiar wording and timing as they read aloud…This new offering is prime for reading during Easter weekend, perhaps Saturday night as the kids anticipate Sunday morning. It offers a wonderful opportunity to remind them (and you?) of the true significance of Easter, why we look forward to it, and the events of that first Resurrection morning. Start a new tradition!’ — Kelley Matthews, Carpool Conversations/Patheos

About the Author
Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England. The author of multiple children’s books including the bestselling ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas and the popular series Love Letters from God and Snuggle Time, her writing reflects a deep passion for helping children discover joy in the world. Glenys lives in Michigan with her husband, David.

About the Illustrator
Elena Selivanova graduated from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts and has worked for twenty years as a children’s book illustrator. She has illustrated over one hundred books and has created a wide variety of memorable and beloved characters.


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