An Alphabet of Catholic Saints
Children's Picture Book, 60 pages, 8 1/2" X 8 1/2", all full color illustrations.
Deluxe Soft cover edition $11.95: ISBN 0-9787035-1-0
Hardcover edition $19.95:ISBN 0-9787035-0-2
Available from Joseph Heartprint, the new publishing division of Catholic Atworks, at www.catholicartworks.com.
From the Publisher: "Fresh colorful illustrations and delightful rhymes create a fun and exciting introduction to the Saints from A to Z. Available in both soft and hardcover, it is sure to become one of your children's favorite books to read! "Our family is crazy about picture books, saints books *and* alphabet books: this fantastic new publication fits all of the above. In fact, it was some timeafter my order arrived before I could get my hands on it: a Catholic homeschool mother who was over visiting opened the package and enjoyed reading it with a large sample size of our children before I could even see it!
Each page has a whole-page illustration of the saint and the letter of the alphabet where it belongs: St. Martin de Porres uses the legs of the capital M to hang his laundry and St. Zita uses the bottom leg of the Z to store her jars of food. The illustrations are at the same childish and realistic with enough details to entertain the adult reader. The four-line verses are delightful and contain an important aspect of the saints’ life. Blessed Kateri’s reads:
As the Lily of the Mohawk,
Kateri was sweet and pure.
She kept her faith with patience,
all the way to heaven’s door.
Below the verses the authors added a few lines about the life of each saint, and I think this was a very clever idea. For one thing it allowed them to be able to focus at times on very minor aspects of their lives in their verses without leaving aside what was essential about each of them.
I enjoyed the quality of this book, as well as the publisher’s website: