This great article at LumenGentleman clears up some questions I had and even answered some I didn’t have.
Thanks for your post. I had never heard of Catholic Mosaic. Ironically enough the only book I found today on Amazon and did add to Cecilia’s wishlist is the Tale of the Three Trees. I hope others have some feedback as well. I will try to get to the National Shrine sometime and see which ones they recommend for children. It is funny how there seem to be so many more for Christmas than there are for Lent/Easter.
The best children’s bible I have ever seen is the one my aunt and uncle gave to my brothers and me. It has gone in and out of print over the years, but I think it is currently in print. It is the Golden Children’s Bible, ISBN 0-307-16520-5. I purchased my most recent copy for about $18.00 a few years ago. The illustrations are beautiful, and the language is rich. This is not a watered down children’s Bible, nor is it “cutesy.”
On children’s Easter books, I used to have one in my personal library called Easter. The text was from the KJV of the Bible, and the illustrations were by Jan Pienkowski. When I moved across the country I couldn’t afford to ship my books, so no longer have a copy. I don’t know if it’s still in print or not.
I agree about Catholic Mosaic by Cay Gibson, it’s a great resource. My son is only 3 1/2, so we’re still collecting. We read some, but I do tend to skip or change text as needed and let the pictures do the teaching. Right now we are using some of Tomie DePaola and Peter Spier to go through some Old Testament stories and life of Christ to bring us to Easter.
Love Tale of the Three Trees. Hillside has also given 3 free lessons for Easter books. We love Wildsmith books, and the Jesus Garden is just gorgeous. http://www.hillsideeducation.com/mosaic.php#replacement
http://www.whippersnapperbooks.com/ also has some Catholic book ideas.
I do like “The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes” by Dubose Heyward. It can be read just as a secular story, but there are so many good points! The country bunny has a large family, which is portrayed as a good thing despite the negative comments of outsiders. She is helped, not hindered, by her children. She must sacrifice and endure pain to reach Easter, and she is helped by another (God-like) bunny to accomplish her goal in service of others. It’s a great way to communicate how Easter should be lived in our own lives, especially if you make the analogy of bringing spiritual goods to others (= candy for our souls).
I just found a book review of a new Easter book on Karen Edmisten’s blog.
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