Holy Week: An Emotions Primer

Holy Week: An Emotions Primer

Board Book(Reissue)

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Emotions are Good and Made by God

Your family will love this unique board book! Using colorful, engaging artwork, Holy Week introduces little ones to a wide range of emotions as they follow Jesus through the final week of His life.

Children will delight in the beautiful illustrations and learn about basic emotions, such as joy, anger, sadness, fear, and more. And they will become familiar with one of the final chapters in Jesus's story here on earth.

You will appreciate the artistic design, theologically sound content, and helping your little one understand that emotions are created by God and that they are good.


Baby Believer® primers are designed to grow with children, from early infancy through elementary school. In addition to basic Bible theology, Baby Believer® board books are filled with quotations from the Bible, creeds, hymns, church fathers, and other articles of faith to help reinforce the content and provide intellectual handholds for older children who possess a greater capacity for learning and memorization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736976961
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Baby Believer Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 10
Sales rank: 162,887
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 2 - 4 Years

About the Author

Danielle Hitchen is a writer and the founder of Catechesis Books, a publishing company dedicated to building out a collection of biblical and theological resources for babies, toddlers, and preschools. A graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, Danielle lives with her husband and two young children in northern Virginia. www.catechesisbooks.com

Jessica Blanchard is a graphic designer and a stay-at-home mom. She is a graduate of James Madison University and has also studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She currently lives near Washington, DC with her husband and two young children. See more of her work at www.jessicablanchard.com.

Customer Reviews

Holy Week: An Emotions Primer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
laurenrund More than 1 year ago
Holy Week: An Emotions Primer has become my favorite book in the Baby Believer book line! The colors and artwork are striking and gorgeous. But more than that, God’s redemption story, beautifully depicted in Holy Week, is the story every child needs to hear. Parts of the narrative of Holy week are intelligently paired with the teaching of specific emotions—this not only makes Holy Week more relatable to children, but also allows the events of Holy Week to come to life. I love that scripture is marked at the bottom of each page where words are written. Elements of Holy Week such as Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, Jesus washing his disciple’s feet, and Jesus being overwhelmed in the garden are included in this book. In my experience, many children’s books shy away from the horror of the crucifixion and the ugliness of sin. However, Holy Week tells the Truth of the gospel while making the events of Holy Week digestible for children. This book will forever by my favorite book to read to my children during Holy Week and to give as gifts to friends and family. If you are new to the Baby Believer books, I would look to getting this one first!
AshMoyer More than 1 year ago
We love the Baby Believer series and the newest addition to the series, Holy Week: An Emotions Primer, knocks it out of the park! The quality of the board book is awesome. The thick pages are sturdy and durable, and the illustrations are simply beautiful. Not only does this book detail the different events leading up to Jesus' death and resurrection in an easy to understand manner for children, but it also pairs these events with the emotions that Jesus and others were feeling at the time. I especially love the vibrant colors that are used to convey these different emotions. For instance, the pages about Jesus' anger when he entered the temple are dark red; the pages expressing Jesus' love for his disciples are purple; and the pages portraying the sadness of many people when Jesus died are black and gray. It is important for our little ones to understand that even Jesus himself felt these same emotions that they often feel. In our house, we have little girls who feel big emotions and this book has sparked some great dialogue about processing and feeling emotions. To put it simply, it's a must have book, not only for the Easter season, but as a year-round staple in any family library!
LMallett More than 1 year ago
Holy Week: An Emotions Primer is a board book that is thoughtfully written to teach the youngest minds biblical truth involving the narrative of the final days of Jesus’ life, followed by his death and resurrection and the myriad of emotions that complement each part of the story. This book beautifully highlights these emotions within the context of Scripture, and each page contains Bible verses that emphasize these feelings to help little ones interpret and navigate their own feelings for themselves. The illustrations are wonderfully done-very colorful and engaging-even for the smallest of readers! My two young daughters were captivated from the first page and have enjoyed reading this book over and over again. As they grow older, I can envision continuing to read this book and extending on its concepts, especially during the Lenten season. I would highly recommend this book! You won’t be disappointed! I received Holy Week compliments of Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
EmilyEH More than 1 year ago
We own all of the Baby Believer Books and this one is tied with the Psalms one as our favorite! The concept of exploring emotions that people felt during Holy Week is so unique. I have not seen any other books like it. My 3yr old daughter loved to try and replicate the emotions that each of the people felt and just that extra action helped her to recall so much more about the week leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Each emotion is beautifully illustrated that captured her attention and led to asking deeper questions about the scriptures. We have recommended this book to all our friends with young children.
mrsbricunningham More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of the Baby Believer books for a while now and Holy Week didn't disappoint. As an emotions primer, it works through feelings like excitement, anger, love, frustration, etc. through the lens of Scripture. What better way to teach our little ones how to work through their very strong emotions than the Bible?! The illustrations are gorgeous with a beautiful use of color and expression to display the emotions. I love that the pages are thick so my 19 month old can easily turn the page without bending it. I also love how the book starts on the first page and doesn't force you to flip through title pages to get to the main content. This book (or any in the series) would make an incredible baby shower, birthday, Christmas, or Easter gift and you might as well buy one for your kids too because I promise you'll want one! Forever fans of these books!! Can't recommend enough!
JennaK2 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed other Baby Believer books and was excited to see this new one come out before Easter this year. As Christians, Easter is our favorite holiday and I love any books and resources that help point our kids towards understanding and relating to what Christ did on the cross for us. We have six children, ages 11-1 and this book is a great way to help kids of all ages process the emotions of Holy Week. Those feelings can be overwhelming, but this book simplifies things and makes it easy to talk about and opens up a good conversation about it. But it will be helpful not just during Easter! Kids need help processing emotions all the time, and I'm excited to have this as a resource to show them that Jesus and His followers experience a wide range of feelings and that is normal. Going to God and trusting Him is the way to process our feelings and I'm grateful to have a book that helps us in teaching that to our kids! I appreciate Danielle Hitchen doing another great kids' book with fundamental Biblical truths! The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because we generally avoid books with pictures of Jesus and this has several pictures of Jesus. They are obviously not meant to be realistic, though, and are meant to convey emotions, which I understand is the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They did it again! I love the way that Danielle Hitchen and Jessica Blanchard work together to create these beautiful books that are perfect for even the littlest ones in our homes and churches. Holy Week: An Emotions Primer walks you through Holy Week, showing the emotions that were felt by Christ and those around Him during that time. We see scenes from Christ’s entry to Jerusalem, the last supper with His disciples, His death, burial, and resurrection. Each page depicts a stunning illustration of the emotion, as well as scripture to communicate why that emotion was felt. My 3 year old and 1 year old both love this book, and will make faces to match the emotion shown on each page. They love the colors and the expressions shown on each face. I love that the words come straight from scripture with very little paraphrasing. As a mother, I’m thankful for this tool that I can use to teach my children about the Lord and the sacrifice that He made for them. It is a gorgeous book that makes for a great gift for baby showers or first birthdays.
ReneeYoung-RVA More than 1 year ago
I received 'Holy Week' as a gift to share what I really thought about it. I know it can be a little misleading to get a free product and then tell you what I think, like I am not in some debt to share over-the-top words about the goodness and greatness of the product. However, that is not one of those moments I felt like I needed to be in someone's debt to share something I didn't truly and wholeheartedly agree with. This book, it's content, it's design: it all speaks volumes for itself. 'Holy Week' is a book about the week leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in orthodox Christianity. Not only does the book provide scripture (NIV), but it also walks through different emotions those in Biblical narrative of the Holy Week would have experienced. Everything from EXCITED that Jesus is coming to Jerusalem to SURPRISED that Jesus is not in the tomb. I have 3 kids (3.5, 2, 7 months). My older two loved acting out the emotions, we talked about the colors on the pages, and I had them find Jesus on the applicable pages. We read this every night during Holy Week. It's a beautiful thing to listen to your children mumble through the gospel, what Jesus accomplished on the cross, and at the hope we have because of an empty grave. I recommend getting this book for Easter, a birthday, just because gift, or other holiday. You will be grateful to have such a beautiful, user-friendly resource to walk through the gospel with your children. I recommend this for all ages: newborn to elderly. I was in tears reading some of the books and just marveling at the simplicity of the gospel. -Renee Y (Richmond, VA)
Zoe-Mays More than 1 year ago
This is probably the most theologically accurate and beautiful children's book I own in my library! This book is seriously so amazing. Not only does it provide Bible verses on every page, beautiful illustrations, but also this book is such a great way to teach principles like righteous anger, how to he sad without despair, being overwhelmed, etc. How to process emotions is such an important task as a momma and we want to lead our children in the way the Lord would have us, and this book is perfect! I also just love the theme of holy week that the book has. What a great way to teach and show the little ones the whole story of the cross, even the sad parts all to the glory of God. Seriously, this book is a must have!!! So thankful for the baby believer series.
Jennifer__S More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful addition to any library collection; home, church, etc.! As a family we love to read, and have all enjoyed this book, and its help with understanding the Holy Week! I know many families are looking for resources to help them teach their children about the love of God, and the sacrifices that He made for us, and the Baby Believer series is exactly what you need! The Holy Week is filled with a variety of emotions, and this book helps capture them all in a way that is easy to grasp, and not overwhelming for little ones! The illustrations, and colors, are GORGEOUS, and really help your children to feel and understand the emotion that was being felt at that time in the story. I love that each page has a bible verse to help walk us through the story, and to bring us to God’s word. I am so thankful for Danielle’s gift and can’t wait to see the other books that she writes!
Mom2Many More than 1 year ago
Another homerun by the Baby Believer team! The emotions covered, the Scripture chosen and the Truths shared are perfect for all year long!!! These books are a must have! This book is a must have for the Easter season!
T_Perez_RN More than 1 year ago
This book is super cute...the illustrations are simple but with good contrast that grasps my children's attention. I have a 1.5, 3, and 6 year old and they all adore this book (as well as the others in the Baby Believers series). The author does a great job of touching on the main events of the last week in Jesus' life and pulling out basic emotions that would have been experienced by all people involved, and it is a wonderful way to discuss emotions with your little ones while incorporating the most important thing of all: JESUS! I also really like the scripture verses chosen for each page and emotion, great way to start discussions about God with my kids. Well done Catechesis Books! My family is a true fan of your work!
BrittanyDiIorio More than 1 year ago
We are HUGE fans of the Baby Believer books and once again, we are so impressed with the quality and creativity displayed in this book. I've always loved how sturdy Baby Believer books are because they are read over and over again in our house. The colors and illustrations used in the book are simple yet also spark curiosity in my young toddler. The pictures on each page have sparked conversations with my child that we hadn't had before. I love that I'm able to introduce my almost 3 year old to the story of Jesus death and resurrection and also talk about our emotions as that is a huge topic in our house these days. This is such a great resource for little ones and a must have in your library!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how this book and the series of Baby Believer books use biblical truths to break down age appropriate concepts for my children to learn about. We already own Let There Be Light: An Opposites Primer and decided this book would be the perfect addition to our Easter books. While it doesn’t tell in full the Easter story, it’s purpose is conveyed with short chronological tableaus from Holy Week and the emotions that were present. It not only shows humanity but also relatability that’s easy for children to comprehend and connect with. (My son kept saying “I feel that way sometimes too!”) The book provides the scripture verses so you can reference those if you like as well. Last but not least, the artwork, it’s colorful and modern/simplistic, which lends itself to focus in on each emotion as conveyed by the characters described in Holy Week. Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone with children, especially those with preschoolers as we have been focusing a lot on emotions lately and are really enjoying the faith based connections these books provide.
Emma Stutts More than 1 year ago
Holy Week is a beautiful and quality-made book perfect for children of all ages to walk through the last week of Jesus's earthly life and it draws them in by seeing all the different emotions felt by Jesus, the disciples and others close to Him. I love that this book highlights Jesus's humanity and that He experienced all of the emotions we feel too, so we know we have a Savior who can empathize with us in our weaknesses. I also appreciate this book as a mom of a toddler (we all know they have big emotions) and I think this will help young children to identify a wide variety of emotions they feel just like us. This book really held my toddler's attention and I also love that it contains verses straight from the Bible, great to get them hearing Scripture from a young age. I think this book will touch so many children's hearts with the most important news of their life-that Jesus defeated death and we can have new life in Him! These make the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas or baby showers or adding to your church or home library. Great resource! I received Holy Week in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
Sarah_Bailey More than 1 year ago
Holy Week: An Emotions Primer is an exploration of different emotions, portrayed through the lens of events leading up to and including Jesus’ death and resurrection. — I like to think that I do a pretty decent job utilizing emotional vocabulary with my children, but this book still is amazing. The benefits for my kids (and I’m reading it to all of them, ages 2-9) include: Discussing concepts like overwhelmed and frustrated and joyful (not words normally used in my house). Linking events that they have heard of their whole lives to real emotions they experience (and hopefully giving them a new way to experience the facts so they don’t become rote). Pictures of Jesus and his friends that aren’t white!! (So glad to see the people actually have middle eastern skin tones). Digging deep in theological concepts, for example, serving others (Jesus washing the disciples feet), and gratitude (the last supper, etc). __ We also have two others of the Baby Believers series, and this one does not disappoint. Same great vibrant artwork, colors, and simple (yet deep) concepts.
KylieG_ More than 1 year ago
We are big fans of Danielle Hitchen's Baby Believer books, and this one did not disappoint! What a wonderful idea to pair a board book about emotions with Holy Week. For younger children, you can simply label the emotions (excited, loved, sad, thankful, frustrated, joyful, etc.), and as your child grows, they provide perfect talking points to discuss the ideas of Holy Week and Christ's resurrection. I love how the pictures are beautiful and meaningful, and how the colors used portray the emotions as well. Emotions are so important for our little ones to learn to identify and recognize, and to use emotions to illustrate the events of Holy Week is powerful, for readers of any age. I am so thankful that Danielle and Jessica created such a wonderful resource for families to teach their children about Christ. This is certainly a book we will read all year long!
Kendra_S More than 1 year ago
The idea for this book is brilliant! A great way for little kids to enter into the feelings associated with a somber time that is otherwise difficult for them to grasp. It's not only educational from a religious standpoint, but it also encourages the development of emotional intelligence by putting words to emotions and encouraging children to enter into the shoes of others. Even though you might only be inclined to buy a board book for babies, I actually recommend this book even more for 3-5 year olds as they would appreciate the sentiment behind it even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book already & I just read it today! I have a 3 year old and 18 month old and I know this will soon be one of their favorites. The pictures are just incredibly beautiful and reminds me of Jesus Storybook Bible. We live in a country with very limited resources for Christians and few Christians celebrating Easter. So, I'm always excited for a good, quality resource to help teach my children about the importance and meaning of Easter. My 3 year old has been very interested in emotions lately, and I am also grateful for this approach, as there's opportunities any time to talk about emotions. What a beautifully illustrated, straight Scriptural book!
Erika_D More than 1 year ago
My daughter's first thought when she saw this book was "Wow! That's a colorful book!" And while the cover is very colorful the pages inside do not disappoint either! The artwork is very tasteful and not cheesy. I really enjoy the easy to read bible verses that correlates with each emotion. The pictures are relatable to my children and they can easily identify which emotion is being expressed. I would highly recommend this book for you little readers at home as it is a great addition to read during the Easter season.
Tanya_G More than 1 year ago
We love this book! It may be a board book, but it's great for all ages. My 9 month old loves the colors, my 3 year old loves the pictures, and my 5 year old is starting to really understand the true meaning of Easter so this was a great addition to our home library. As a mother, I appreciate the thought that was put into choosing each scripture. It opens up a dialogue about emotions with children and is so beautifully illustrated, with the perfect colors to portray the emotion. "Holy Week" will be enjoyed for years to come by our family!
MAMSeely More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Using emotions as a tool to show the roller coaster ride of Holy Week is ingenious. Children are learning about their emotions and feelings while also learning the deeper meaning of the week leading up to Easter. Ms. Hitchen was not afraid to highlight tough emotions like "Overwhelmed" and "Anger". Ms. Blanchard's artwork highlighted these emotions and the scripture they illustrate in a way that children can relate. The highlight of this book was the "Loved" page showing Jesus, the servant, washing the feet of His disciples. This book is theologically deep, beautifully illustrated, and engaging for all members of the family.
Bethany Hebbard More than 1 year ago
This year I will observe my first Easter as a Mama. Although my baby is only three months old, I’m thrilled to be including Holy Week: An Emotions Primer in her first Easter basket. As part of the “Baby Believer” series, Holy Week combines serious purpose with joyful invitation. All the Baby Believer books aim to draw children into the central tenets of the Christian faith. We received Bible Basics: A Counting Primer as a baby gift, and I was delighted to find myself reading excerpts from Scripture, patristic theology, and hymns to my little one. If Bible Basics focuses on knowledge of the Gospel, Holy Week gives children language for the experience of following Jesus. The book follows the narrative arc of Holy Week, from Christ’s entry into Jerusalem through the crucifixion and resurrection. It does not minimize the darkness of Holy Week: from Jesus’s anger at the money-changers in the temple, to the frustration of Pilate and the sadness of the disciples. Along the way, we are also guided to imagine how beloved the disciples felt when Jesus washed their feet, how thankful they were to celebrate the Passover meal together, and, of course, their surprise and joy when Jesus returns to life. Rich colors and dynamic illustrations help interpret the story and emotions on each page. The text comes almost entirely from the Gospels, with minimal paraphrasing. This is yet another sign of the book’s wisdom. Our culture teaches children to interpret everything in light of their own feelings; Holy Week: An Emotions Primer teaches little hearts to understand their big feelings by drawing them into the story of Jesus.
malformica More than 1 year ago
We are huge fans of the Bible Believers series of books and "Holy Week: An Emotions Primer" is another favorite in our home library. Introducing and identifying feelings with little ones is very important to be able to help them navigate those feelings in a Biblical way. I love how many different emotions are included in this book and the journey they take us on to better understand Holy Week. The Scriptures chosen with each emotion are excellent and the illustrations are beautiful. I really appreciate that they are detailed with facial expressions that match the emotion as well as the general posture of the people in the pictures (i.e. Pilate's hands are palm up and arms stretched, one of the women has her hand over her heart when she is surprised) and are not "dumbed down" or "little kid cutesy" as many Bible books can be. The illustrations even go as far as to match the color/tone for each emotion that I didn't pick up on at first, but also really appreciate (i.e. red for frustrated, purple for loved, grey for sad). This book is perfect for Easter, but also great all year round to help children understand the enormous sacrifice that Jesus made for us.