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Monday, October 26, 2009

The Young People's Book of Saints

Anyone who has been to my house knows we love books. But with nine sagging bookcases throughout the house, I have been forced to be more selective about which books we should buy to keep and which we should just borrow or send to other houses. In exchange for this review, I received a free copy of the book: The Young People's Book of Saints, by Hugh Ross Williamson. When I received the book, I could tell right away that this book was a keeper. The book is filled with 63 stories of Saints that are all about two to five pages long. It contains sections on well-known saints, such as Saint Patrick and St Therese of Lisieux, as well as lesser known ones such as Saint Germain, Saint Giles, and Saint Swithun. The stories, although short, are rich with colorful imagery. Each Saint story contains a simply-drawn pencil illustration, allowing the reader to create his or her own images in his mind. Since the stories are short, but meaningful, it would be easy for any family with children to incorporate learning about these Saints into family life.

Sophia Institute Press publishes this book. In general I have found this publishing company to be one of the best when it comes to Catholic literature for children. Their materials aren't filled with distracting graphics, or watered down. They are simply presented and highly educational. Perfect for a society where children are saturated with graphic imagery in every other aspect of life.

My only complaint about the book is that there is no index in the back. It isn't really needed for the list of Saints, as that is found in the front. But it would be nice to have a list of themes that are found within the book. So, for example, if I wanted to reference a Saint that dealt with poverty, I could flip to the back and see if any of the stories mentions poverty.

I completed this review as part of a reviewer program at: http://www.catholiccompany.com. As stated above, in exchange for this review I received a free copy of this book. For more information about this book, please click this link: http://www.catholiccompany.com/catholic-books/1002686/Young-Peoples-Book-Saints

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