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  • Perfect Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph's Heartprint; 2nd edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978703510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978703516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Rose Augustine on February 28, 2008
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I am glad someone finally jumped on the idea of teaching the ABCs through the saints... I bought this with grand hopes that were slightly tempered once I read it.

On the upside, it is indeed sweet to see so many examples of good Christians corresponding to each letter. You learn a wee bit with each rhyme.

I'm only giving it 4 stars because it seems like this book has so much more POTENTIAL. For example, why isn't it offered in hardcover? A gem like Catholic ABCs should have the option to be a keeper that'll last through many little hands of many big families.

Secondly, the illustrations disappointed me. And I admit this is fully a personal preference thing. But for one thing, the saints are all hanging onto the letter in some way that a child can't actually get a clear view of the letter... which kind of defeats the purpose of an ABC book. But the biggest turn-off for me was just how cartoony it was. All the saints have perfect, Hollywood-pearly white smiles. There is so much rich art out there with all the saints, it would have been nice to expose some of that to little ones. Not everything needs to be sugary sweet in children's world; it'd do them good to see some vibrant, non-Saturday-morning-cartoonish artwork every now and again.

But the book did inspire me to make my own little saint ABC book: it was fun to choose the saints that are our family's patrons or namesakes or just 'favorites'... found some lovely, RICH, pictures online to print off and glue to cardstock. I'm including little facts like feast day, patronage of ___, and so on. Bind it all up at a local office store and you have a darling homemade treasure to cherish or give as a gift.

That said, art is subjective... so take my opinion with a grain of salt!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jean Haze on November 3, 2007
I teach first grade at a catholic school, and this book really helped prepare for All Saints Day. The illustrations were great. Each Saint had a rhyming part, which the kids understood, as well as a little more factual information. I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B.W. on May 2, 2009
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I thought this was a cute little book for young children. There is a little rhyme and information about each saint. The only thing I did not like was that many of the Alphabet letters are covered by the saint picture, so the child can not see clearly what the letter looks like.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2008
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"An Alphabet of Catholic Saints"--what a creative, unusual alphabet book! Perhaps one of a kind!

As librarian in a small PreK-8 Catholic school, I just added this book to our library, a wonderful addition to our nice collection of saints' books. Our second grade prepares individual saints' projects: they study, report orally to the class dressed as the saint, then go to Mass (as well as the rest of the school) on one Wednesday morning dressed as their saint. (We go weekly to Mass.) It is a big annual event. "An Alphabet of Catholic Saints" will provide great information, including costume ideas, for these children.

Here is why this book is so fabulous:
1. The alphabet letter is not just the beginning letter of the saint's known name, but also a prop of that saint. Look at the cover using "A." Saint Anne, Mary's mother, is sitting on the bar of A, teaching little Mary.
2. For each saint, there is a quatrain of verse, then at the bottom a short paragraph adding to the verse.

Example: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is the namesake of one of the Catholic churches in our city. Here's the verse:
"Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
was first a wife and mother.
Then she taught kids just like you
to have love for one another."

And the paragraph: "After Elizabeth's husband died, she became Catholic and started a school for girls. She founded the Daughters of Charity and is the first American saint born in the United States."

And the use of the letter "E":
"E" is a bit taller than Elizabeth. Tacked to the long stem of the E is a sign that says--God is Love on a little chalkboard framed in wood. On the middle arm of E is a stack of books being used to Elizabeth facing the class, smiling and looking at the book in her hands.
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