All children love stories and these wonderful saint stories are no exception. They put children in touch with the key events in the saint’s life, but also with the Church’s liturgical year–since they follow the liturgical calendar. Using symbols and seasons to great advantage, the author creates here beautiful and meaningful moments for sharing these stories.
She not only offers stories of saints of long ago, but also a variety of creative ways to get to know and celebrate them. These will be fun for children, of course, but they also offer spiritual values that they can apply now as well as later in their lives. She believes that celebrating the saints gives children at least two experiences they rarely encounter, both vital to a healthy spirituality: taking time for reflection and learning the language of symbols.
And so, while these stories are enjoyable and active, they also offer time for reflection on the qualities and spiritual gifts that each saint possessed. Those whose stories are told here include Nicholas, Lucia, John Bosco, Bridget, Bernadette, Peter, Martin de Porres, Mary, and twenty-eight others.
Whether in a religion class or at home, children will love every one of them.
Stories are one of the most powerful ways we have to convey to children the subtleties of God's presence, issues of injustice suffered by some of God's children, and wisdom of their religious ancestors. Anne Neuberger writes such stories for children so they can move into the world with compassion, confidence and a strong connection with God. A parent, former teacher and freelance writer, she focuses on books for children pre k-8th grade.