As a homeschooling family we have a lot of books; and as a Catholic family we have, among those books, a rather large number of books about the saints. I love the variety because each author brings something different and uniquely beautiful to the table. With each presentation, a new layer is revealed and a new angle is discovered. The saints become less like story book characters and more like the cherished family that they are.
Children's books about the saints are not rare but there are some that stand out from the crowd. One such stand-out is Saints and Their Stories
. I was recently given the opportunity to review this book by The Catholic Company
. What a pleasure!
The book is pleasing right out of the box; hardcover with heavy pages and richly colored illustrations. I am often wary of books that have illustrated saints for children. It's not easy to capture an image this way while still maintaining a sense of beauty and reverence. Not a problem with this book. Beautifully done.
The text is recommended for ages 7-10 but is realistically more flexible. There are enough colorful illustrations to keep a younger child interested during longer periods of reading and enough text to occupy an older reader. Actually, this is a perfect book for older siblings to read to the littles!
Each of the 18 saints' stories includes historical and biographical information on the saint filled out with cultural traditions and some legend (I do like that the author specifically states when something is considered legend).
Saints and their Stories would make a lovely gift volume for one of the children in your own family or a godchild. It even includes a handsome dedication page with a place to mark the child's name and date/event.